Shortly after his call, tragedy struck. On Christmas Day 1903, his wife Asenath began showing signs of sickness. By the end of January 1904 she had not improved, and she died on the 26th. They had been married for just over seventeen years. Together, they had six children--two girls and four boys. Three of the boys died shortly after birth, though, and the surviving son, Gerald, was always sickly.
|The grave marker for Nephi and Asenath's three sons who died in infancy.|
NOTE: The marker incorrectly identifies Anderson as Nephi C. Anderson rather than C. Nephi Anderson.
former residence of Nephi Anderson
205 South 100 East, Brigham City, UT
|Nephi Anderson Home, ca. 1898|
205 South 100 East, Brigham City, Utah
|Asenath and Laurine?|
Perhaps the oddest part of my visit to the Nephi Anderson home was my glimpse into the Anderson bathroom--or what could have been his bathroom--which the funeral home now uses as a storage closet. The woman who showed me around said that they assume the room was the bathroom based on old pipes sticking from the wall. I have no reason to doubt them.
I hope to get better evidence that this was the house of the Nephi Anderson. If it was, then this house has enormous significance to Mormon literary history. Maybe after I make my first million, I will purchase it and turn it into an Anderson museum--especially since Anderson's Salt Lake City home near the 10th Ward Chapel is not a strip mall with a closed Hostess bakery shop.
|Site of Anderson's last home|
722 East 400 South, Salt Lake City
Now I just need to make my first million. Or try to crowd-fund my way into ownership.
[Insert cynical laughter here.]
But on a more serious note, I end with a poem Anderson wrote in his Great Britain mission journal on 3 March 1905, what would have been Asenath's thirty-seventh birthday:
Dear Lord, to her who lives with Thee
My birthday gift confer,
That she today my think of me,
As I now think of her.
|Asenath Anderson Grave|
Brigham City Cemetery
Post Script: Here are a few more picture for good measure...
|The Logan Temple|
Nephi Anderson and Asenath Tillotson were sealed here on 22 December 1886
|Another shot of the house...|
|The Brigham City Temple|
I think Anderson would like today's view from his old front porch step
|A side view of the temple|
|The Box Elder Tabernacle|
Across the street from Anderson's house. He would have attended meetings here.