Twentieth Anniversary of Local Historian's Death
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the loss of Andrew Jeffrey "A.J" Simmonds, prominent Cache Valley historian. For 28 years, Simmonds served as the curator of archives and special collections at Utah State University's Merrill-Cazier Library. He died on the morning of June 18, 1995 in his home in Trenton, Utah.
Mr. Simmonds contributed greatly to the understanding of Cache Valley history. Among his publications found in our library:
- The Gentile Comes to Cache Valley: A Study of the Logan Apostasies of 1874 And the Establishment of Non-Mormon Churches in Cache Valley, 1873-1913. Logan, UT: Utah State University, 1976.
- In 'God's Lap' : Cache Valley history as told in the newspaper columns of A.J. Simmonds. Logan, UT: The Herald Journal, 2004.
- On the Big Range: a centennial history of Cornish and Trenton, Cache County, Utah, 1870-1970. Published by the Author, 1970.
- Pictures past : a centennial celebration of Utah State University. Logan, UT: Utah State University, 1988.
- Reluctant gentile : the life and times of Andrew Montom Simmonds, 1844-1925. Black Jack Press, 1981.
~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian