George and Artemisa Romney"
|George S. Romney
George Samuel Romney was born in St. George, Utah. His family later moved and pioneered in St. Johns, Arizona. When George was 12, his family moved to Old Mexico.
Education was hard to come by in the Mexican colonies, and neither he nor his bride Artemesia Redd Romney, had an eighth grade education when they married in 1894. They would be the parents of eleven children. Although he had a young, growing family, he served a two-year mission to the Northern States. After his mission, George worked hard to provide for his family and to finish his schooling. He worked during the day as a carpenter, and taught algebra at night to work his way through high school and graduate at the age of 31.
Following their expulsion from Mexico during the Mexican Revolution in 1912, George and Artemesia and their family were penniless. He continued to work and study and was able to finish his undergraduate degree at University of Utah while working full time as a custodian.
From three tempting offers, George chose to come to Ricks in 1917. During his capable administration, Ricks became a state accredited junior college in 1923. The first two years of high school work were dropped, and two years of college work were added. He also served as president of Fremont Stake from 1925 to the 1930's.
During the summers of in the early 1920's, he studied at Stanford, California. He completed his master's degree in 1922. He was studying at the University of Chicago in 1931 when he received a call as mission president of the Northern States Mission. He died in Rockford, Illinois while in the mission field. He is buried in Salt Lake City.
Teressa Artemisa Redd Romney
Teressa Artemisa Redd Romney was born in Harmony Utah. Her family moved to Colonia Juarez in Old Mexico where she met George Romney. They were both 20 when they were married there in 1894. They would become the parents of eleven children, eight of which were born in Mexico.
While George served two years in the Northern States Mission, Artemisa cared for their young family in Mexico. After his mission, he worked as a carpenter and taught algebra at night.
In 1912 Artemisa and George with their young family were expelled from Mexico with the other Mormon colonists during the Revolution and arrived in Utah penniless. Artemisa and George continued to struggle and work to provide for their family as George finished his schooling in Salt Lake. In 1917 the Romney family moved to Rexburg when George became principal of Ricks Academy. During his administration the first two years of high school work were dropped, two years of college work were added and the school became Ricks College.
In 1931 George was called to serve as president of the Northern States Mission where he died in 1934.
After her husband's death she returned to live for many years in Salt Lake City. Later she lived with her daughter in Provo, where she died. Artemisa is buried alongside her husband in Salt Lake City.
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