Peter Greaves Jr The Story of My Grandfather

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title Peter Greaves Jr The Story of My Grandfather
Description attended the Ephraim public schools in the winter and worked with his father during the summer. When he was nineteen years of age he attended the University of Deseret. This contact with higher education undoubtedly Influenced his decision to become a teacher and consequently settle permanently in Ephraim. J quote from Utah Since Statehood, which says, "In early manhood he took up the profession of teaching, which he followed altogether for fourteen years, proving an able educator by the readiness with which he imparted knowledge to others and held the interest and attention of his pupils." Penmanship was taught in those days and was one of his favorite subjects to teach. According to his youngest son, Halbert Greaves, he was fond of saying that he had studied penmanship from Heber J. Grant. Existing samples of his beautiful handwriting bear this out Besides teaching, he was principal of the Ephraim public schools for several years and then served as County Superintendent of Schools for eight years. The Ephraim Enterprise of December 16, 1891. states that "Supt. Greaves is out visiting schools during this week," and again the July 6, 1892, Enterprise states. "Peter Greaves, Jr., returned home from Salt Lake City on Sunday at which place he has been engaged with other Superintendents of the Territory in the adoption of text books for the coming five years." In the Enterprise of 1893, the election of Peter Greaves as Superintendent with a majority of 22 votes is recorded-all of which Indicate that he served in this position during most of the 1890s. In a civic capacity he was called to be the Ephraim City Recorder in 1883, where he served for a term of eight years. He also served as a member of the Ephraim City Council for six years. It is interesting to note that the salary at that time was $30.00 per year. During his service on the city council, he was involved in procuring the present Carnegie Library building and is so listed on the plaque In that library. As a young man, Peter Greaves, Jr., engaged in musical activities as a member of the "home-town" orchestra which provided entertainment between acts of plays presented in the old Relief Society Hall building and for dances. He played comet, while his brother John played trombone. Peter. Jr.. was also the leader of the first, or one of the first, bands organized in Ephraim. This musical talent and interest was passed down to several of his children, and it was a common practice to spend evenings singing together on the front porch along with several of the neighborhood families. 25
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326746
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