Flora Bean Horne
An Enduring Legacy, Volume One, p.238
Compiled by Dianne E. Wintch, 26 Apr 2001
Flora was a daughter of George W. Bean, a pioneer of 1847, and Elizabeth Baum, who came to Utah in 1852. She was born November 14, 1871, at Provo, Utah County, Utah. George, who had two other wives, Emily Haws and Mary Jane Wall, had this to say concerning the family relationship:
"The domestic life of our family was typical of pioneer homes. My wives made their soap from waste fats, milked cows, made butter and cheese, and cottage cheese, curdled the milk with rennet, raised chickens, ducks and geese for feathers and food, turkeys, sheep for food and wool for clothing, herbs for seasoning or medicine; and thus they labored so that when I brought men from Court, there was plenty to eat and strangers were welcomed."
The children were trained early in their lives to accept responsibility. One morning when Elizabeth found no cedar wood in the kitchen box, she peeled potatoes, sliced the ham, made biscuits, and broke the eggs, then placed them all on the table raw and called the boys to breakfast. After saying grace, when they reached for the food the one responsible for the wood chopping chore hurried from the room and soon brought the wood. That was how Mother Bean did her scolding.
Flora began her varied Church and civic activities at age thirteen years when she was called to be a Sunday School teacher. She was counselor in the Primary Association at age fourteen; Church organist for a period of eight years; secretary, then counselor to the Stake YLMIA in Sevier Stake; began teaching school at Aurora when seventeen years old; became matron of the Manti LDS Seminary at the age of eighteen; and trained a chorus of one hundred children under ten years of age to participate in patriotic programs, in two of which a band also took part.
When Joseph Leo Horne returned from Michigan Agricultural College, July 24, 1894, he took Flora to Salt Lake City where they were married August first. August eighteenth he took up a professorship at BYU and Flora, in addition to the responsibility of providing a comfortable home for them, took in boarders. A schoolteacher for thirty-two years, Mr. Horne organized Kanab High School, Kanab, Kane County, was a teacher at the state prison adult school and LDS Business College as well.
While in Kanab in 1901, Mrs. Horne and local women organized a literary society as a forerunner for a library. The Hornes pioneered the Lund School for boys in 1909 and Flora was a member of Granite Stake YLMIA board for a period of seven years.
An article appearing in the Deseret News of April 9, 1927, recognizes her outstanding contribution to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, as follows:
"Flora B. Horne, well known to many thousands of DUPs, having served for twenty-one years in this organization, is now finishing her long and strenuous work in the society.
"In 1906 Mrs. Horne began her service on a memorial comand as assistant secretary doing a great load of press work during the time Susa Y. Gates was president of the organization. On September 15, 1908, she became first vice-president to Lily C. Wolstenholme. In 1909 she began close work with the relics with Chairman Zina Young Card. On October 2, 1909 Isabelle W. Sears resigned as president and Zina Y. Card filled that position until April, 1911, with Mrs. Horne as her first vice-president, both retaining their positions on the relic committee.
"In February 1911, President Card took ill, but supervised the moving of the relics from the Lion House to the Deseret Museum where Mrs. Horne took charge of them. She has since had direct charge of the Relic Hall, now located in the State Capitol.
"In 1912, Mrs. Horne was made custodian, officially, which position she has held until Tuesday of this week, when she was succeeded by Nora McFarland. She served during the administrations of President Laura Hyde Merrill, Annie Wells Cannon, Elizabeth P. Hayward and Fannie C. Woodruff.
"On April 11, 1917, Mrs. Horne became first vice-president to President Hayward and in 1919 was chosen as historian. On April 7, 1921, she was elected president and served four years. During this time the Diamond Jubilee celebration was "put over". In 1923 the reproduction of the pioneers' entrance into the Salt Lake Valley and the placing of the Riter log cabin in 1924 were features. This work was systematized and the society was incorporated April 21, 1925. On April 7, 1925, Mrs. Horne was also custodian of relics and has made thousands of relics look very attractive, though crowded for lack of cases.
"It was during Mrs. Horne's administration that the legislature was shown the work of the society and were prevailed upon to give the necessary means to carry on. During the past two years Mrs. Horne and assistant historian, Sarah L. Brockbank, have filed hundreds of histories of Utah pioneers, of special activities such as pioneer dramatics, music and musicians, etc. They have worked out a handy card system for the society, for memberships, relics, pioneers, letters, etc.
"Mrs. Horne has done good service in organizing material for publication and has prepared for each camp of the society a copy of the first minutes of the organization with the charter members, a brief history of the DUP and suggested history study, a questionnaire to pioneers, organization leaflets and other valuable helps. 'I quit the service with satisfaction,' she says, 'in knowing I have been a daily servant giving precious time and strength and means for a cause that has been in my heart continuously. I wish success to my fellow worker, historian Nora McFarland.'"
Through Mrs. Horne's efforts in making appeals to committee and individual members of the legislature, she was able to secure four thousand five hundred dollars for the State Historical Society, thus making it possible for them to continue their work.
Four children, two sons and two daughters, were born to this outstanding couple.
Mrs. Horne died March 28, 1949.
Jas. T. Jakeman, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and Their Mothers, p. 232: Flora Diana Bean Horne was born in Provo, Utah, November 14, 1871, in an adobe house at the foot of Capital Hill, on which now stands the Maeser Memorial Building.
To a certain knowledge of little bare-footed Flora that hill was once covered with many stones, beautiful bluebells, Indian paint brushes, sego lilies and thousands of prickly pears.
Many times did this little child run to mother to say, "Mamma, the good men with the pretty hats are coming," meaning President Young and his brethren. From early childhood she learned to love and respect those leaders.
When about four years old Flora's parents moved to Sevier County, where her mother lived on a homestead farm for three years and then moved to Richfield. Her father, Aunt Emily and Aunt Mary joined the Prattville Order, one mile east of the farm.
They all moved to Richfield and Brother Bean became Probate Judge, and being desirous of educating his children, he fixed up one room of the court house as a school room and hired Dennison Harris as teacher. He always [p.233] said, "Education is capital on hand, get all you can in all the ways you can."
George Washington Bean was an 1847 pioneer, son of James Bean, and was born April 1, 1831, near Quincy, Illinois. Like his illustrious namesake, he was ever heroic in defending right and truth, at the risk of his life. He was head of a large family, three wives and thirty children. He was a teacher and thirteen of his girls and boys have been teachers. He would often read history, the Bible, literature, etc., around the campfire while his friends played cards and told wild west stories. In Nauvoo he worked on the temple and received his endowments there at the age of fifteen years, being a man over six feet tall. He acted as guard under Stephen Markham and in February, 1846, helped the first pioneer company across the river. On October 4, 1847, he arrived in Salt Lake Valley with the family of William Casper, a Mormon Battalion boy.
He brought his father's family on September 4, 1848, and they moved to Provo in 1849. He became Indian interpreter and risked his life many times to plead for peace with the Indians. The different government, state, county and ecclesiastic offices held by him are too numerous to mention here, among them, however, is first United State Deputy Marshal under Marshal Haywood, and Surveyor in Utah and Nevada. He went with Governor Brigham Young on several exploring expeditions, and on one of these located Fillmore as capital of the Territory of Utah. Among the important church offices held were Presiding Bishop in Sevier Stake and Counselor to President W. H. Seekmiller of that Stake. Brother Bean died in Richfield December 9, 1898.
Mrs. Horne's mother is Elizabeth Baum Bean, the daughter of Jacob and Agnes Harris Baum. She was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, January 27, 1834, came to Nauvoo in 1842 and to Utah in 1852. Her mother died in Council Bluffs in 1846, leaving Elizabeth the executive head of the house. While she had little chance for schooling, her industrial education was perfect. Jacob Baum was an expert farmer and a professional weaver and Agnes was a splendid housewife and seamstress. Thus Elizabeth could drive six yoke of oven while her father held the prairie plow could cook a delicious supper and make her own clothes.
They raised much of their own hemp, flax and wool; colored, spun and wove it into beautiful fabrics.
On January 6, 1853, she married George W. Bean at Provo and raised nine children, the tenth one dying in infancy. She was indeed a helpmate to her husband, being able to do any kind of work. When Eliza R. Snow organized the Relief Society of Sevier Stake she chose Elizabeth B. Bean as president. Mrs. Bean said she had no education, she was too busy, she was too timid to work in the public, etc., but Sister Snow brushed all excuses away and said, "You are the woman. Will you do your best?" She did her best and during the twenty-two years of arduous labor she helped to organize Relief Societies, Young Ladies' Mutual improvement Associations and Primary Associations through the Stake, started the storing of grain and the silk industry in Sevier Stake. With such parents there is no wonder that their children have executive ability.
After leaving the public school Flora, with seven others of the family attended the Sevier Stake Academy at Richfield for two years; then began to teach (at the age of seventeen) a mixed school at Aurora, twelve miles from Richfield. At the age of eighteen she became matron of the Manti Latter-day Saints Seminary with A. C. Nelson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, as Principal of the school. After two years there she taught two years in the public school at Richfield and one year at Kanab. Being a natural teacher, the school work was a pleasure. Before her school started each year Flora would snatch a few weeks' work at the Brigham Young Academy and Summer School, always grasping opportunities.
At the age of scarcely thirteen years, Flora was asked to be a Sunday School teacher. She refused, and her father sent her back to accept the position, saying, "Never lose an opportunity to develop in the church and kingdom of God, my child." She became teacher, organist and later chorister, also in the Mutual Association.
She was church organist for eight years, and chorister for one and a half years, being one of the first two women choristers in the state to lead a mixed choir.
She taught in one of the first Religion Classes organized by Dr. Karl G. Maeser and many others since then.
At the age of fourteen, being almost grown, was made second counselor in the Primary Association of Richfield Second Ward. Later Flora was made Stake Secretary of Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association and then second counselor to President Annie C. Thurber of the same. Three different times she was chosen Goddess of Liberty by the city, the churches, and the county. In all this public life the home work was not neglected with such a splendid mother.
On August 1, 1894, Flora D. Bean was married to Joseph Leo Horne at the Salt Lake Temple. Joseph was the son of Joseph S. and Lydia A. Weiler Horne. Joseph L. taught at the Brigham Young Academy at Provo three years and then went back to Cornell University at Ithaca, New York, taking his wife and infant daughter, Leola, with him. They have had six beautiful children, four of whom are living.
In August, 1903, they came to Salt Lake City, where Brother Horne took the chair of mathematics in the Latter-day Saints University. Mrs. Horne became a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and has been active ever since in the work. Together they pioneered the (Lund School for Boys), but Mrs. Horne's health failed and they resigned.
Mrs. Horne was chosen an aide in the Mutual Improvement Association of Granite Stake in 1908, which position she still holds. She has held various positions in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, First Counselor to Lillie Wolstenholme, Second Counselor to Zine Young Card. At present is doing the press work as well as a deal on the relic committee in preserving relics and histories of pioneers. Mrs. Horne has assisted in organizing societies of Daughters of Utah Pioneers at Richfield, Monroe, Manti and Provo. She is also a life member of the Genealogical Society and working on the (Town History) committee and has done much family historical work.