Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 94: September 15, 1932
From the summit of his years he can look over a most colourful and uncommon career, a career in no way devoid of irksome toil or perilous experience, one in which there is much of monotony and commonplace, but in its larger aspects a most romantic and inspiring career.
The simple story of his life from his birthplace on Toms River, New Jersey, to his home on the hill in Salt Lake City, would be an interesting one. He came to Utah as a child, remained in Salt Lake City until his ninth year, moved with his parents to St.
George, where for thirty-four years he made his home. They were among its original settlers.
Asa young man he did missionary work among the Indians and in old Mexico, where he moved in 1895, and for twelve years was president of the Juarez Stake of Zion. In 1907 he was ordained an apostle and moved to Salt Lake City and has since resided there.
St. George, the home of his youth and earlier manhood, is a small town far removed from the centers of population and com merce, but a good place for a young man to grow up. His sur roundings were hard but wholesome.
Things did not come easy, great fortunes were not made by speculative methods. To succeed required the development of those basic Virtues which underlie all sound living. The people in a large measure were forced to rely upon their own resource ful ness and ingenuity, not only for their common sustenance but for their education and recreation. Whether it was baseball, dramatics, debating, hunting, farming, stock raising Or any other activity common in that country, President Ivins played a prominent part - played it well and successfully.
Anthony W. Ivins had little schooling in the common accepta tion of that term, and still he is one of the best educated men. Of his time. His superior station among men is due, in a large measure, to his intellectual endowments.
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