Utah Digital Newspapers
The Deseret News, 1897-03-06, p. 12
Local and Other Matters
St. Joseph, Navajo County, Arizona, Feb 20, 1897–Our village has been visited by the measles for the first time in our history of over twenty years, and as the greater number of our ward were born here, and all of these were stricken with the disease, the older ones were very sick. In the case of Wickliff B. Bushman the illness terminated fatally. As he was recovering he caught cold, and on the 11th insl [?] died, aged 23 years and 1 day. He was an exemplary young man, patient and quiet, and was always an obedient son. The funeral was held at the ward house on the 13th, Presidents L. H. Hatch and J. H. Richards and others spoke in high terms of the integrity of the deceased.
We have had an excellent winter, more snow and rain this month than any February for twenty years, consequently our prospects for farming and stock raising are better than they have been.
This country is building up and a spirit of contentment is the rule.
The Deseret News and Juvenile Instructor are welcome visitors to nearly all the families of the ward, and are much appreciated.
[Wickliff B. Bushman is the son of John and Lois Angeline Smith Bushman.]
Journal of May Louise Hunt Larson vol. 1
11 Feb 1897
Maria B. Smith came to Relief Society meeting and desired us to pray for her brother, Wickliff Bushman. While doing so we got word that he had died. His sickness was lung trouble as a result of measles. His death will be a heavy blow to the family as he has always been such a trusty, reliable boy. He was 23 the day before he died.