Life Sketch of Elias Albert Bushman, Jr. (1881-1936) read at his funeral by J. O. Meiling
Elias Albert Bushman, Jr., was born at Lehi, Utah, April 20, 1881, the son of Elias Albert Bushman and Margaret Zimmerman.
His family was among the early settlers of Lehi. He was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on July 12, 1889. Under the guidance of his parents he grew to manhood, taking an active part in church and civic affairs. He received is education at the Lehi Public Schools and at the Brigham Young University at Provo, Utah. While Albert was still a youth, his father fulfilled two missions, leaving him to look after a large farm and to help his mother with the younger children.
By the time he was twenty, Albert had entered the business of stock-raising which he followed the greater portion of his life. He was interested, also, in farming.
On the sixteenth of December, 1908, he was married to Lydia Alice Walters in the Salt Lake Temple. Four children were born to this union. One of those, Walter Albert, preceded him to the Great Beyond. In 1920 and 21, Albert, with his wife and children spent 18 months as missionaries in the California mission.
Most of his life has been spent in Lehi where he has become well known to a host of friends. He was unassuming and generous and had a kind and sympathetic disposition. He was always solicitous of the comfort and welfare of his family. He had a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and at the time of his death held the office of High Priest.
He died November 20, 1936, following a ten-day illness of double pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, Lydia W. Bushman; one son, Glen E. Of Huntington Park, California; two daughters, Myrle, also of Huntington Park, and Phyllis Ruth of Lehi; and the following brothers and sisters: John Bushman, Suel Bushman, Mrs. Sylvia Bradshaw, Mrs. Ruia Lewis, Mrs. Laverde Kirkham all of Lehi, Mrs. Margaret Beck of Magna, and Mrs. Evelyn McAffee of Provo; besides a vast number of other relatives and friends.
Mr. Meiling: I have known Mr. Bushman since a short time after I came to Lehi, but I didn’t get so well acquainted until I started to work for him. In early days they used to pay a man in wood, for a day’s work. Mr. Bushman delivered me more wood for my pay than I deserved. We had to go to the canyon to get the wood. After we had the wood all loaded and we started down the hill, the wagon tipped over. I told him, “never mind, the debt’s all paid.” He said, “Oh, this doesn’t hurt. I have done lots of things for nothing.” But I told him we’d see about that. I left and went home, and a few days after I had gone he brought the wood to me. He brought much more than I had earned.