I am a member of a Cache Valley Group on Facebook. After some people posted a number of old photos, I asked if anyone knew if Brigham Young College had yearbooks and if someone had one for roughly 1915. Within a day, Jennifer Johnson, a cousin of mine had found a copy of the Brigham Young College Crimson yearbook and made it available to me. Here is a copy of the full 1915 Brigham Young College Crimson Annual if you are interested.
Sure enough, there on page 31 is my great-grandfather, Joseph Nelson Jonas (1893 – 1932).
Here is the full-page. This is page 31 of the pdf. The front of the yearbook says Crimson Annual 1915. Page 4 shows that it includes the classes of 1915, 1916, 1917, and 1918.
Here are two copies of his diploma.
I also found Joseph’s 1st cousin, once removed, Paul Ernest Nelson (1888-1970), was one of the teachers at BYC. An interesting side note is that the page below states he, “Likes his Ensign.” He and Martha Eunice Ensign were married 19 August 1914 in the Salt Lake Temple. It also states he “[e]xpects to be a professor in psychology.” Their first son, Paul Ensign Nelson, was born 26 June 1916 in Berkeley, California while he was attending school.
Here is a dedication to the Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Charles Winder Nibley (1849-1931).
Charles W Nibley was the Presiding Bishop from 1907 to 1925. He was a kind benefactor to Brigham Young College and as Presiding Bishop was involved with the school. Bishop Nibley was released in 1925 and became a counselor to Heber Jeddy Grant until his death in 1931. He is one of the few people to serve in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was not an Apostle.
Brigham Young College was located in Logan, Utah. It was founded by Brigham Young shortly before his death. The college was meant for individuals from Northern Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. When The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints closed all its academy’s in 1926, except Brigham Young University, it suffered the same fate. The buildings were sold and became Logan High School.
As records become more and more available, who knows what else we may find of our ancestors.