[Taken from "How Beautiful Upon The Mountains" Centennial History of Wasatch County. Compiled and edited by Wm. James Mortimer. Published by Wasatch County Chapter Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Retyped by Diane Rawlins Mayo April, 1988. Scanned from Diane's typed copy February, 1997 Stephen L. Rawlins.]


Daniel Don Louis Bigelow was born at Heber City, May 22, 1866, to Daniel and Parmelia Mecham Bigelow, who had been advised to go there because of an Indian scare. He was baptized a member of the LDS Church July 11, 1875, by Daniel Bigelow and confirmed by William E. Nuttall. On April 29, 1891, he was married to Annie Maria Boren in the Manti Temple by Anthony H. Lund. Annie Maria was born in Wallsburg, October 24, 1873, to William Jasper and Lucina Mecham Boren. She died at Provo, Utah, January 5, 1947. Daniel (Don) died there July 4, 1954. Both are buried in Wallsburg, Utah.

After the Indian scare the Bigelow family moved to Provo for awhile. The father had a sawmill in Provo Canyon and Don worked there several years. During the winter he attended Brigham Young Academy in Provo. Annie Maria obtained what education she could.

He was called on a mission to the Central States in 1902, but was called home after nine months because of his wife's heart trouble. In 1911 he was called to serve in the Southern States and was sent to the same place he served in 1902. While her husband was gone she worked and supported him and the children. And although her health was not good, she continued on in the work of the Lord.

When Don returned from his mission he took up farming, continuing until he retired in 1939. After that they spent their lives working in the Salt Lake and St. George Temples.

He loved to read and his recreation was fishing and dancing, which he enjoyed very much. She was gifted in writing poetry and had a poem for every occasion. Her last and greatest work was to write her life's history in poetry form. She finished this and gave each of her children a copy for a Christmas gift just before she died.

Her life was spent in giving service to others. She was a good wife, mother and friend, loved and respected by all.

Their children were: Annie Adora, Ida, Eva, Don Ervin, Elva, Florallia, William Wells, John Alton, Emily May, Winona, and Okie.

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