Andrew Locy Rogers missionary diary

Andrew Locy Rogers (1854-1943)

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Andrew Locy Rogers missionary diary (MSS 6179). The diary documents Rogers’ service in the British Mission, where he served in Ireland and Scotland.  His diary documents his experiences in a series of communities from 1909-1910, and chronicles experiences with mission companions. He describes his interactions with other religious denominations, including the Presbyterian Church and the Young Men’s Christian Association. His diary also includes original poetry and local humor.

Andrew Locy (or Lacey) Rogers was born on December 19th, 1854 in Farmington, Utah, to Thomas Edward Rogers and Aurelia Read Spencer Rogers. Answering the call of President Brigham Young in 1876 for volunteers to help establish a Mormon community in Northern Arizona, Locy relocated immediately. On August 27th, 1879 he married Clara Maria Gleason in Salt Lake City. The couple soon returned to Arizona where they raised a family of ten children. Known as “Uncle Locy” or “Honest Locy” in his hometown of Snowflake, Arizona, Andrew Rogers also served three Mormon missions, one in Arizona as a young man, another to Ireland and Scotland in the British Mission when he was in his mid-fifties (1908-1910), and, one to California when he was in his early seventies (1926-1927). His wife Clara died in 1932. Five years later, in 1937, he married Florence Evelyn Thomas Blaine. Andrew Rogers died November 20, 1943 in St. Johns, Arizona.

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