Orrin Richard Phillips

8 Apr 1879 - 5 Mar 1949


Orrin Richard Phillips

8 Apr 1879 - 5 Mar 1949
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Some Early years of John Albert Phillips Born Jun 13, 1887 in Goose Creek, Cassia, Idaho [John Albert at times was called Bert, at other times Phil.] One childhood memory told by John Albert was about his lost kitty. Bert remembered living in Goose Greek in a house that had holes in the floor. Altho
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Orrin Richard Phillips


Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States




June 4, 2011


June 4, 2011

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Early Years of John Albert PHillips

Contributor: finnsh Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Some Early years of John Albert Phillips Born Jun 13, 1887 in Goose Creek, Cassia, Idaho [John Albert at times was called Bert, at other times Phil.] One childhood memory told by John Albert was about his lost kitty. Bert remembered living in Goose Greek in a house that had holes in the floor. Although he was not more than two years old, his first memory was of trying to catch a cat as it disappeared down one of the holes. Another childhood memory told by his mother was that when he was a baby, she entered him in a baby contest in Oakley and he won first prize. The three Phillips boys, John Albert, Orrin and Chester herded livestock on the oak brush hills that surround Beaver. Bert said they usually went barefoot, and sometimes the alkali fields hurt his feet so much that he had a hard time sleeping at night. Another vivid memory Bert had was of his grandparents (John and Merab Phillips), recitation of the Mountain Meadow Massacre. It was an extremely upsetting and painful calamity which h was heightened even more because Ann Gordge, Merab's daughter from her first marriage, was the 19th wife of John D. Lee who was involved in the Massacre. One wonders why, with the pioneer heritage they had, that the Phillips boys were never baptized into the Church as youngsters. John Albert was baptized in Rock Creek in Twin Falls, Idaho on January 1, 1913. Some say they had to break the ice, but others say Rock Creek was so swift it never froze over in the wintertime. Whatever the circumstance, the water was very cold, but Bert didn't even notice, he was so warmed by the experience. After being confirmed, Bert was ordained an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood. He married Lorinda Christina Swenson that same year in the Salt Lake Temple, October 3, 1913. Orrin joined the church in 1915. Chester never did join the Church. It was believed that he overheard a conversation between his mother, Elizabeth Jane Williams Phillips and her Bishop when she asked the Bishop about leaving her husband, John Richard Phillips. He heard the Bishop tell his mother that she should not leave him. This made Chester angry feeling that his mother had suffered too long under the neglect of his father and the loss of her three daughters. Perhaps Chester’s feelings can be understood in light of a conversation Ora Lee had with Elizabeth Jane Williams Noyes regarding the day John Albert was born. We have this quote from Ora Lee. “Grandma said she had washed and ironed all day as well as working in the garden alone. She was also alone when my Father was born.” The three boys all went to school in a two-story red brick schoolhouse in Beaver, Utah. Bert then attended the Beaver branch of Brigham Young University which later became the Murdock Academy. John Albert was on the track team and ran races. Reinhard Maeser, son of Dr. Karl G. Maeser, was principal of the elementary school and the BYU branch. Bert graduated in 1907. Tuition was $12.00 a year. Next is a Letter to John Albert from Brigham Young University in Beaver UT. John Albert was raised pretty much alone by his faithful mother Elizabeth. Albert had been attending a branch of BYU in Beaver and was now graduating in his home town. He received this letter of encouragement from the school Administrator, R. Maeser. Albert Phillips, Twin Falls, Idaho November 16, 1912 My dear brother Phillips, The other day I was talking with your dear mother, and she gave me such a splendid report of you that I promised myself the pleasure of writing you a few lines, just to let you know that if we are ever so busy there can still be found time to encourage on e of our dear young friends who is pulling in the right direction. Brother Albert, your mother seemed overjoyed at the splendid course you are taking. From her remarks I should judge that you had lately been giving the principles of the Gospel some attention. Now my dear brother, nothing you can ever do will give you so much joy and satisfaction as a careful sincere and prayerful investigation of Mormonism. Mormonism is the biggest thing on this earth. So many men of learning and broad experience are looking into it. Mormonism is being inquired after everywhere. Our elders in the mission fields are just as busy as they can be answering the many questions put to them and visiting the people who are inquiring about Mormonism. Why, Brother Albert, we have over 2000 missionaries out in the various parts of the world preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the cry comes from every part, “Send us more missionaries.” I tell you when one begins to inquire into Mormonism he is only doing what thousands of others were doing. Of course it is somewhat different with you than it would be with an entire stranger you are already more than half converted; your mother being a staunch Latter-day Saint gives you a big start. Now, Albert, I am deeply interested in the welfare of our Beaver boys and when I learn of one who has found the true path and has set his face toward the light of the Gospel, I am so happy that I want to do something to help along the good work. My dear boy, you have my faith and my prayers for your continued success, and my hope is that God will bless you with that greatest of all blessings a positive testimony that he lives, that Jesus is the Christ, that Joseph Smith was the man chosen in our day to establish the Church of Christ on the earth for the last time. Live a true, honest virtuous life my dear boy. Seek the Lord in prayer, and your prayer combined with that sincere, devout prayer of your mother will lead you into the light of the gospel, which when you have once fully comprehended, will make your heart leap for joy. Counsel with the brethren whom you may meet around in that neighborhood. Attend the meetings wherever opportunity affords. Be interested in all good things. Live close to the Lord and if you really and sincerely desire to know of the doctrine you shall find out and that right soon. It is my interest in you and in yours that has impelled me to write these few lines. I hope and trust you will think kindly of them, for I have written them out of the purest motives, and the sincerest desire for your welfare. May God bless you, give you courage to do what is right always, is the hope and wish of your friend and teacher. R. Maeser Beaver, Utah

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Orrin Richard Phillips was born on 8 Apr 1879
Orrin Richard Phillips was 6 years old when Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies on Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog. Louis Pasteur was a French biologist, microbiologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases, and his discoveries have saved many lives ever since. He reduced mortality from puerperal fever, and created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax. His medical discoveries provided direct support for the germ theory of disease and its application in clinical medicine. He is best known to the general public for his invention of the technique of treating milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination, a process now called pasteurization. He is regarded as one of the three main founders of bacteriology, together with Ferdinand Cohn and Robert Koch, and is popularly known as the "father of microbiology".
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Orrin Richard Phillips was 15 years old when Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu and Gandhi ji, and known as the Father of the Nation.
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Orrin Richard Phillips was 26 years old when Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the special theory of relativity. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.
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Orrin Richard Phillips was 33 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
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Orrin Richard Phillips was 50 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
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Orrin Richard Phillips was 60 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
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Orrin Richard Phillips died on 5 Mar 1949 at the age of 69
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