Jessie Brooks Poulson was born August 21, 1885 in Sherwood, Queensland, Australia to Walter Charles Brooks and Anne Jimmieson Brooks. Jessie enjoyed a happy childhood in Australia 'romping' and playing on the sandy beach in front of their farm home. When Jessie was young, her family moved to Burtpengarry, Australia where her father worked for a doctor. When Jessie was 6 years old, the family moved to Toorbul, Australia where her father farmed. The family grew cooch grass, buffalo grass, bananas, pineapples, and grapes. Jessie was given the responsibility to bring water up the hill to wash diapers, and when she was done with that she tended babies. Being the oldest of 12 living children, she said, 'I played all my young life with a babe on my hip.' When Jessie was 9 years old, her parents sent her to live with her Jimmieson grandparents in Corinda, Australia where she attended school for two years. This was the only formal education Jessie received in her lifetime. The floods of 1893 caused many problems for the family on the farm, and Jessie remembered being very hungry during this time. When Jessie was 14 years old, the family moved to Toowoomba, Australia. The family struggled with the change but eventually met good friends and adjusted well. Jessie worked for the Nesbit family while living in Toowoomba. In Toowoomba the family was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Elder Eldridge and Elder George Stringham. Jessie's parents were baptized, but Jessie and her older sister Emily waited for one year to investigate other churches before they were baptized on April 28, 1902 by Elder Solon Junious Foster from Cedar City. Jessie was 16 years old at the time of her baptism, and was immediately called to serve in the church. When Jessie was 19 years old, she left for America to join the Saints. She left Toowoomba on June 15th 1905, visited New Zealand, Samoa, and Hawaii on the trip, and arrived in the Golden Gate Harbor July 10th, 1905. She traveled to Utah, and eventually found employment with Mr. and Mrs. Lawson at the Kimberly Hotel in Kimberly, Utah. Jessie had sold her sewing machine and borrowed money to pay the passage to America. She worked hard to pay off this debt before spending money on anything else. Jessie met Henry Poulson while working at the Kimberly Hotel, and they were sealed June 13, 1906 in the Salt Lake Temple. They moved to a home in Richfield, Utah were they lived for the next 66 years. Jessie was an excellent homemaker and hard worker. She took great care of her home and worked odd jobs to help support her family. Jessie and Henry struggled to have children, but were blessed with three. Their second little girl died when she was almost 3 years old which was a great struggle for the family. Their other two children grew into fine people, and her youngest son served as her bishop when Jessie was in her 80s. Jessie was nominated as a candidate for Mother of the Year by the Richfield Study Club. Jessie passed away September 25, 1972 in Richfield, Utah.
Jessie's 72 page biography is bound in book form and entitled, 'History and Memories of Henry and Jessie Poulson,' compiled by their daughter Mercedes Poulson Anderson in December 1976. Included are parts of Jessie's autobiography, excerpts from her journals, original pictures, newspaper articles, awards, Jessie's handwritten testimony, and a holograph of a Christmas letter. Jessie wrote of her love for the sea and farm home in Australia. She enjoyed the many animals and birds as well as the vegetation and excitement of living near the 'mysterious, bounteous sea.' While living with her grandparents in Corinda, she recalled that a lobster would occasionally wash up from the ocean when it rained and she would catch it in her umbrella and take it home for her grandmother to cook. Jessie was close to her grandparents and felt she was treated like an angel when she lived with them. When she was 19 and traveling to America, her train passed through Corinda late at night, and Jessie saw her grandmother waving to her with a lantern from her front porch. After coming to America, Jessie never saw her grandparents or her parents again in her lifetime. When Jessie was homesick and lonely, she would cry and cry where nobody could see her, but because she was brave and proud, always gained control of herself and went back to work. Jessie's sister Emily came to America at the time of Jessie's wedding, but Jessie saw no other relatives until she took a trip to Australia at 75 years of age. Jessie Poulson's life was one of service both to the church and her family. She served in the Primary for 35 years as well as in the MIA, Relief Society, and as a member of the Singing Mothers. She was active in the Richfield Study Club and served as the 'District President of Sanpete-Sevier District Utah Federation of Women's Club.' She was President of the Richfield Republican Ladies Club, Secretary for the Red Cross, President of the sew, serve, and rook clubs, and involved in other organizations. Jessie's home was always open, and she often took extended family in to their one bedroom home. Jessie crocheted, canned, and entered the county fair each autumn where she always won prizes. Jessie sacrificed for her family and was involved with each of her grandchildren's births when possible. Jessie was a leader and was described by one neighborhood woman as the 'best woman [she] ever knew.' Jessie was a pioneer in the poultry business in Utah, and raised chickens and roosters near their home. She took care of her husband at the end of his life, and missed him greatly after he passed away. Jessie suffered from phlebitis throughout her life and eventually suffered a massive stroke after which she stayed in a coma until she passed away. Jessie Brooks Poulson was a woman of courage, faith, and endurance.