Friday, December 27, 2013

Elijah Allen "Lige" Larkin 1876 - 1962

LtoR George, Lige and Elijah Ferrin
Elijah Allen (Lige) Larkin was born March 30, 1876, in the family residence at 648 27th Street the son of George William and Ann Lane Larkin. He was educated in Ogden City Schools. He recalls the Madison school being only two rooms when he was a schoolboy, and the Central High School was located in a building later known as the Elks Lodge on Grant Avenue. 

He started school at the Weber academy the day it was opened in 1889. He later attended the United States School of Embalming at Denver. 

He spent three years 1895-1898, as an LDS missionary in the Swiss-German Mission field. Following his release he went to Amsterdam Holland, for the crowning of Queen Wilhelmina. 

He was manager and reporter for the Deseret News in Ogden for nine years after his return from the mission field. During this time he interviewed many famous and nationally known personalities, including the King of Belgium. 

Elijah had been associated with the mortuary business since the Larkin Mortuary was established in Ogden in 1885. He held the position as president of the Utah Funeral Directors Association for two terms and was a delegate from Utah to the National Funeral Directors Association convention each year for 25 years. 

He served on the national board of governors of that organization for three years, during which time he represented the association as district governor for the area covering Utah, California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. 

An active church worker he held various ward and stake positions. He was named a member of the Ogden Stake High Council when the stake was organized in 1908 and served in that capacity for 18 years. He later served on the Mount Ogden Stake High Council for 14 years. 

Elijah was acquainted with all of the LDS leaders, having known personally all of the church president from Lorenzo Snow to David O. McKay. He was president of the Madison School PTA for several years and was also a member of the local council of the Boy Scouts of America. He served on the Weber County Old Folks Committee for more than 40 years and was general chairman for the 11 stakes for five years. 

He was also a past president of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, Ogden-Weber Chapter, and was an active member of the Ogden Kiwanis Club for 35 years. 

He married the former Rosella Ferrin in 1914. Their children, all of Ogden are George F. Larkin, E. Ferrin Larkin, Rowland A. Larkin and Rosella Larkin Maw. One daughter Elaine died as a child. 

Elijah Larkin died Thursday, August 9, 1962 at the family home 2545 Eccles. Funeral services were held Monday, August 13, 1962 at the 12th Ward chapel with Bishop Lyle Wynn conducting. He was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery. -Taken from Larkin Family Histories.


 Elijah was born in 1876.

Elijah photographs:

Fourth from left, back row, Saltair

Elijah Allen Larkin, missionary photographs

Elijah Larkin family November 1937: Elaine and Rosella standing, Elijah and Rosella seated, Rowland in front, pictures of George (on mission) and Ferrin (at school) on piano

Men LtoR Elijah, George, Roland Alma

LtoR Rear, unknown, Roland Alma Larkin, Elijah Ferrin Larkin, George Larkin, Center row unknown, Elijah Allen Larkin, Margaret Rosella Larkin, Louise Dixon Larkin, Verna Mae Wiggins, children on laps, unknown, unknown Marty Larkin, unknown, Julia Larkin Squires, Front row, unknown, unknown, Dixon Larkin. Photo taken in 1954

Hired by David Eccles in 1910 to design the Eccles Avenue subdivision, Hodgson and Piers worked in the Prairie Style aesthetic to create a “neighborhood park” Although Hodgson likely set the general theme for architectural design in the Eccles Subdivision, he did not reproduce an academically accurate Prairie Style. Rather, the earlier houses that he designed were essentially Prairie Style, but were enriched and localized through Hodgson's ingenious artistic ability.The Elijah Larkin home at combines three different styles, Neo-Classical Revival, Southern Colonial, and Prairie Style.

 1940 census:

1962 Ogd Stand  Sep 26