John Woodhouse Obituary

John Woodhouse

[Special to the Herald-Republican]
Lehi , Sept. 10 – This afternoon at 1 40 o’clock , while walking on Denver & Rio Grande railroad track, John Woodhouse, a pioneer of Lehi, was instantly killed when train No. 5 struck him. Mr. Woodhouse attended priesthood meeting this morning, after which he dined with all of his family that reside in Lehi, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rachel Anderson.

After dinner, Mr. Woodhouse, as was his custom, went for a short walk and since he was only one block from the Denver & Rio Grande depot, he took part of his walk along the railroad track.

He had gone as far as the cattle guards when, apparently, he heard the train and turned around, but became confused and was struck by the engine and hurled a distance of fifty-four feet, alighting on his head and receiving a bad fracture of the skull immediately over his left eye. His chest was badly crushed, his arm and shoulder broken and his neck broken.

The train was stopped within 300 yards of the accident and the crew picked him up and brought him to the depot where he was identified by Joseph Goates and sent to Leo Goates’ undertaking parlors.

Mr. Woodhouse was 86 years old and is survived by a widow and ten children. He was the son of Charles and Anne Long Woodhouse and he was born July 21, 1830 at Wickle street, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. He was a tailor by trade, his father and grandfather having been the same before him.

At the age of 18 he joined the Mormon church and January 6, 1847 left Liverpool for the United States, arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah September 10, 1852. From Salt Lake, he moved to Provo, thence to Nephi, Spanish Fork, and finally to Beaver, where he remained for some time.

In March 1864, Mr. Woodhouse came from Beaver to Lehi, in company with Daniel Thomas, whose daughter Emma he had married. He has resided in Lehi ever since. He has been a well-known and influential citizen and has acted as city assessor, county assessor and justice of the peace, beside acting on countless other offices, both in church and state. His children are William Woodhouse and Morgan Woodhouse of Idaho Falls, John Woodhouse of Lehi, Charles Woodhouse of Lewiston, Utah, Mrs. Rachel Anderson of Lehi, Isaac Woodhouse of Arthur, Nev., Dorr Woodhouse of Los Angeles, Cal., Mrs. Kate Kirkham of Lehi, Harden Woodhouse of Idaho Falls, and Bertha Ohren of Lehi. He has sixty-two grandchildren and forty-five great-grandchildren.

[Salt Lake Herald 1916-09-11,
transcribed Nov. 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving Day) by Greg Woodhouse.]


  1. Kristy Woodhouse says:

    Thanks for posting this.

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