Beth Anderson Ivins


We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Oberdick Anderson, editor of the latest volume in the Significant Mormon Diaries series—Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932—will be at our store Wednesday, January 22, 2014, to speak about the book and sign copies. She will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to sign, and will begin speaking at 6:00 pm. We hope you will stick around afterwards to enjoy some refreshments and have another opportunity to get your book signed and visit with the editor. To RSVP on Facebook, please visit here.

Anthony W. Ivins (1852-1934) migrated to St. George, Utah, at age nine where he later became an influential civic and ecclesiastical leader. He married Elizabeth A. Snow, daughter of apostle Erastus F. Snow. Ivins was a first cousin of Heber J. Grant, and served as his counselor while Grant was LDS president. Ivins filled several Mormon missions to Mexico and presided as the Juarez, Mexico stake president where he performed post-manifesto marriages. He was appointed by the U.S. government as an Indian agent, and was warmly acquainted with Porfirio Diaz, president of Mexico. Involved in politics in St. George, Ivins held aspirations of running as a Democrat for governor of Utah. In 1907, he was ordained an apostle and later advanced to the First Presidency. Tone, as he called himself, was an accomplished horseman who worked with, and invested in, livestock. He was a game-hunting cowboy who became a statesman for both his country and his expanding religious community.

Elizabeth Oberdick Anderson is a graduate of Brigham Young University, residing in Utah. A copy-editor, she has published an article on Howard and Martha Coray in the Journal of Mormon History where she is on the editorial staff. She is currently editing a book of missionary letters to Anthon H. Lund from his wife, Sarah Peterson Lund, in collaboration with Jennifer L. Lund. Elizabeth and her husband are the parents of seven children, and grandparents of fifteen.

Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932. Signature Books, 2013. 748pp. Hardback. $125.00. Limited to 500 copies.

Other available volumes in the series (underlined titles—less than 100 copies left):

#3.  Letters from Exile: The Correspondence of Martha Hughes Cannon and Angus M. Cannon, 1886-1888 – Constance L. Lieber & John Sillito, eds., $100 (out of print)

#4.  Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith – Jean Bickmore White, ed., $250 (out of print)

#6.  A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson – Stan Larson, ed., $200 (out of print)

#7.  In the World: The Diaries of Reed Smoot – Harvard S. Heath, ed., $100 

#8.  Mormon Democrat: The Religious and Political Memoirs of James Henry Moyle – Gene Sessions, ed., $85

#9.  History’s Apprentice: The Diaries of B. H. Roberts – John Sillito, ed., $100

#10. Danish Apostle: The Diaries of Anthon H. Lund – John P. Hatch, ed., $100

#11.  In the President’s Office: The Diaries of L. John Nuttall, 1879-1892 – Jedediah S. Rogers, ed., $125

#12.  Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895 ­– Edward Leo Lyman, ed., $125


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