Frances R. Burke : Toquerville Presbyterian Missionary
Utah Historical Quarterly
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Historical Society
Frances R. Burke arrived in Utah in the Spring of 1881 as part of a Presbyterian missionary movement to reclaim the Mormons, whom they viewed as "non-Christian cult members who had been led astray." Assigned to labor in Southern Utah, Burke established a school and began holding Sunday services in the small town of Toquerville. Though cooly received and frequently abused by local ruffians, and despite the closure of her mission school in the early 1890s, Burke persevered and remained in the town for 44 years. While her conversion efforts were unsuccessful, Burke nevertheless gained the respect of the town and touched countless lives through her teaching and her many acts of Christian service.