a notebook, letters, and other papers relating to Sarah Winn
Sarah Louisa Presnell Porter Winn was born on 14 April 1881 in Muscotah, Atchison, Kansas to Daniel Foster and Ella Freeman Presnell. She Married James Allen Clinkenbeard August 4, 1903. After her husband's death on June 9, 1909 Sarah became a plural wife to George Edward Porter on 22 December 1911. Most of Sarah's adulthood was spent doing historical and genealogical research. Twice, she traveled across the United States doing research. Sarah's historical research for the United States Government and research for large commercial institutions earned her a place in the national archive records and the books entitled, Who's Who in Genealogy and Historical Research in Early Utah. Besides conducting historical and genealogical research, Sarah supervised a survey on health programs for the Federal Government and worked in the Salt Lake City Recreation Department. She also worked as a nurse. After her husband died in 1943, Sarah became a plural wife to Ernest Winn in 1952. Ernest died on March 5, 1957. Four years later, Sarah died on February 8, 1961.
This collection contains papers written from 1902-1958 that relate to Sarah's life. Although very little biographical information can be found in these papers, many of them help the reader understand the various projects with which Sarah was involved. A handwritten notebook of obstetrical terms and methods, written when Sarah attended the Colorado School of Medicine, is found in this collection. Near the end of the notebook is a list of favorite recipes and a poem written by Clara Tuttle in 1902 for the senior class of the Colorado School of Medicine. The collection also contains a letter from LeGrand Baker of the BYU Special Collections, to Rachel Courteau from the University of Colorado at Boulder requesting information about Sarah. A letter to Sarah from the Atlas Moving Picture Co. explains business possibilities in the movie exhibition business. There is also a story written on a back of a church pamphlet cover, which tells of Jim Sharp and his role in the martyrdom of Joseph Smith. This story was related to Sarah by J. Frank Whitetine and written on 8 September 1950. A letter from Sarah to Hal Hale of the American Association of Highway Officials, informing him of the alleged existence of a large prehistoric city hidden in an obscure area in the Utah Mountains can be found in this collection. There is also a letter written by Sarah about the aged and neglected in society. This letter is addressed """"To whom it may concern"""" and was written on December, 7 1958. In this letter, Sarah relates stories about her experience in the nursing field and her discoveries that the elderly are often mistreated. She believed that the elderly should be given chances to contribute to society rather than being """"tucked away"""" and neglected by their families. Sarah also mentions her goals to create a reference library from the many books, crafts, magazines, folders, and useful ideas that she has collected throughout the years. Genealogy, Polygamy