Alice Melissa McBride Callister Biography (1854-1920)


Alice Melissa McBride Callister Biography

Alice Melissa McBride Callister Biography (1854-1920)

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Alice Melissa McBride Callister Biography

Born: 4 Dec 1853 Fillmore, Utah
Died: 26 Jan 1920 Salt Lake City, Utah
Father: Reuben McBride
Mother: Mary Ann Anderson
Siblings: Helen Venera McBride
Harriet Eliza McBride
Reuben Augustus McBride
Mary Louisa McBride
Roy Hyrum McBride
Emma Jerutia McBride
John Newton McBride
Laura Abigail McBride
Alice Melissa McBride
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Spouse: Thomas Clark Callister
Married: 16 Nov 1874 Salt Lake City, Utah
Children: Ruby Alice Callister
Helen Angie Callister
Thomas Clark Callister
Wells Reuben Callister
Laura Adell Callister
Edna Louise Callister
Mabel Venita Callister
LaNola Callister


Alice Melissa McBride Callister Biography

Day, Stella H., ed. Builders of Early Millard, p. 113:


Alice Melissa McBride was born in Fillmore, Utah Dec. 4, 1853. She was the ninth and youngest child of Mary Ann Anderson and Reuben McBride. She lived in Fillmore until 1907. When she and her husband, Thomas Clark Callister moved with their family to Salt Lake.

She was prominent in Fillmore in any movement calculated to advance the welfare of the community. When the Women’s Entrenchment Society was organized she was a charter member. She followed Brigham Young’s council “Let the beauty of your garments be the workmanship of your own hands.”

She practiced it and im­pressed it upon her children. She was a fine seamstress and made all the clothing for her family. She was an active worker in the Church.

She was president of the Fillmore Ward Primary and later Stake Primary President. She was also an ardent worker in the Relief Society. Alice was one of the early school teachers in Fillmore.

Alice was married to Thomas Clark Callister, son of Helen Mar Clark and Thomas Callister, in the Endowment House in Salt Lake on Nov. 16, 1847 by Wilford Woodruff.

They were the parents of eight children: Ruby Alice, Helen Angie, Thomas Clark Jr., Wells Reuben, Laura Adell, Edna Louise, Mabel Venita and LaNola. Wells and Mable passed away when they were babies.

Alice was a wonderful homemaker. Her home was a gathering place for the young people. She took into her home those in need of help and love. She and her husband were friendly to the Indians. She hired the Indian women to help with her housework.

She returned to Salt Lake after three years in Lyndyll, Utah with the hope of doing temple work.

This was not be realized for in October 1917 she suf­fered a paralytic stroke, from which she never recovered. She lived prac­tically helpless until January 26, 1920 when she had another stroke and passed away.

Her funeral was held in the Liberty Ward Chapel in Salt Lake City January 29, 1920. She was buried in the family plot in the City Cemetery.


Alice Melissa McBride Callister Biography


  • Birth, Blessing: Rogers, Sarah. Fillmore Branch Registration, p. 17:
Number: 116
Female: Alice Melissa McBride
Born: 4 Dec 1854, at Fillmore, Millard, Utah
Father: Reuben
Mother: Mary Ann Anderson
Blessed: 5 Feb 1857 [at Fillmore]
By: William Felshaw, Dan. Thompson and Jas. McGaw
  • Birth variant: 4 Dec 1853 [Builders, p. 113; Memorial, p. 21]
  • 1860 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City, Family #849, 14 Jul 1860:
McBride, Reuben, Alice, 6, f, U. T., att school
  • 1870 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore, 27 Jun 1870, Family 132:
McBride, Reuben, Alice, 16, f, w, At School, UT
  • 1880 Federal Census, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, Page 463C:
Callister, Thomas C., Alice, Wife, F, Md, 24, Keeping House, UT, NY, NY
  • Death variant: 26 Jun 1920 [Memorial, p. 21]
  • Day, Stella H., ed. Builders of Early Millard, pp. 113, 117, 465, 468, 581.
  • Lichfield, Beulah Menlove. Cemetery Records, Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah, p. 11.
  • McBride, Virginia. Charles R. McBride Memorial, p. 21.


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