Oscar A Kirkham, son of James and Martha Kirkham

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Oscar A Kirkham, son of James and Martha Kirkham - New Seventies Member Noted as Youth Leader...
New Seventies Member Noted as Youth Leader Oscar A. Kirkham, who was sustained Sunday as a member of the LDS first council of seventy, has devoted nearly 40 years of his life to work as a youth leader, gaining international recognition recognition as a Boy Scout leader and having served more than 20 years as executive secretary of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement association. Mr. Kirkham, who was In New York City, had not been informed of his new position until his wife, who was in Salt Lake City listening' listening' to the conference proceedings by radio, sent him a telegram. The new member of the first council of seventy attended sessions sessions of the national recreation congress the past week in Balti more, serving- as chairman of the church section. Born in Lehl "Mr. Kirkham will continue to serve for the present in his capacity capacity as executive secretary of the MIA, but will have to leave that work soon to care for his duties as member of the seventies' coun cil," David 0. McKay, second counselor counselor in the church first presidency, presidency, said. Born January 22, 1880, at Lehi, Mr. Kirkham is a son of the late James and Martha Mercer Kirkham, Kirkham, Utah pioneers. He attended schools of his native city and later was graduated from Brigham Young university. From 1900 to 1903 he studied voice and piano in London and Berlin, during which period he also did much missionary work. Went to Rcxbnrg After his return to this country, country, he was made head of the music department at Ricks col- .ege, Rexburg, Idaho, serving iliere from 1904 to 1905, when he again resumed advanced studies at Columbia university, New York ;ity, where lie spent two years. From 1S08 to 1913 he headed the nusic department at the old LD S college. In 1913, he was made field secretary secretary of the YM'MIA and first scout executive of the Salt Lake council, Boy Scouts of America. Several years later, he was made deputy regional scout executive 'or ijtah, Arizona, Nevada and California and was made execu- ,ive secretary of the Y M M I A. Scouts' Morale Officer Mr. Kirkham has served as chief morale officer for the national council, Boy Scouts of America, at four international jamborees ind at the national Boy Scout amboree in Washington, D. C., n the summer of 1937. The international international jamborees at which he ook prominent part were held at Arrowe Park, England, 1925; Bir- tenhead, England, 1929; Godollo, Hungary, 19S3, and in Holland in 1937. He directed religious observances observances for the entire United States contingent of Boy Scouts at the overseas gatherings. He was married to Ida Murdock Murdock May 25, 1904. Mrs. Kirkham Kirkham is a past president of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. They have four sons and four daughters, as follows: Sons, Daughters Listed Mrs. Carol Jarvis of Arlington. Va,; Mrs. Grace Burtaidge of Salt Lake City; Rock M, Kirkham. first assistant scout executive for the I Washington, D. C., scout council; Kirkham, who is studying architecture architecture in Washington, D. C.; Oscar Oscar N. Kirkham, private in the U. S. army at Camp Roberts; Miss Kathryn Kirkham, student at Utah State Agricultural college, and Miss Jane Kirkham, student at East high school. The Kirkhams live at 1345 Nor-, mandie circle and are members of the Yale ward. '~ VT . , , , i . | Norman K.rkham, graduate stu- at Har^aT-n iimvorC'tv 1 \larlf dent at Harvard university; Mark LDS Outlines Plans to Aid Deaf and Blind A program to study needs for spiritual and temporal growth of deaf and blind persons was outlined outlined Sunday at a special session of the LDS church general conference conference attended by deaf members of the church and conducted by Dr. John A. VVidtsoe, member of the council of twelve apostles. Asking for suggestions as to how these needs may be determined determined most readily, Dr. Widtsoe said a special committee headed by himself and Nephi L. Morris, who also addressed the gathering, gathering, will begin immediately to gather information which may result result in a definite program aiming aiming at bettering the conditions of unfortunates in the church. Praising the life and achievements achievements of Helen Keller, noted deaf and blind lecturer and social worker, worker, as "remarkable," Mr. Morris joined with his colleague in urging' full cooperation to the proposed program. Meeting PIar,e Sought He ss.ld the committee ha.s bnen instructed to help the deaf find comfortable and convenient place to gather for spiritual and social life as do the other members of the church. Dr. G. Oscar Russell, superintendent, superintendent, Utah school for the deaf and blind, at Ogden, reported how the budget for the carrying on of this work had been cut from $190,000 $190,000 to $170,000. The average budget amount for feeding of- 200 students at the school has been S25 each a year and is far from the amount necessary necessary to provide substantial food in the daily menus, he said. Dr. Russell, who returned last spring to become superintendent of the Ogden school, spent the past 17 years at Ohio State university university doing research work deal- ng with deafness, characterized the amount of help given to this problem and the equipment for ts handling in Utah as "pitiful." He pointed out that only three per cent of those attending- the school at Ogden. are totally deaf. Lanrt Reduced "Five years r-,.go the school had 200 acres of land, now it has 40 acres on which to raise crops and carry on its work." he. paid. He closed by asking the full

Clipped from The Salt Lake Tribune06 Oct 1941, MonPage 4

The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah)06 Oct 1941, MonPage 4
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