Margaret "Pansy" Gordon's life covered a remarkable span of
years and territory. She lived one century, and the years took her
from England to residences in British Columbia, Salt Lake City, and
an Ojibway village on Georgian Bay; back to Utah and then Canada to
homes at the shore of Bear Lake, on an Alberta farm, and in a
prairie town; and to Los Angeles for the last decades of her life.
She had gone to British Columbia as the daughter of an Anglican
missionary to the Tsimshian Indians. She lived in Los Angeles as a
Mormon missionary assigned to work as a genealogist. Her personal
journey through repeated frontier adventures, religious service,
and economic challenges is as worth noting as where she went, but
it would be far less engaging if she did not write about it so
well. Her memory for detail and her felicity in putting it to paper
will reward those who delve into her "Family History," as she
titled her memoir. Claudia L. Bushman, descendant of Pansy Gordon,
author of numerous books, taught American studies at Columbia
University for many years and taught Mormon studies at Claremont
Graduate University from 2008 to 2011. She has included letters and
other documents that complement this memoir.
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