Tuesday, March 16, 2010

EWGS Presidents: Dr. Herbert Hoover Osborne

This is the twenty-first in the series on the Presidents of EWGS leading up to the 75th anniversary in 2010. See the previous posts on Samuel Pool Weaver, Leora Cookingham Thiel, Susan Marie West Jack, Ruth Churchill Austin, Alfred Denman, Florence Ballou Brown, Harriet Jefferson Pinkham, Mary Elizabeth Dow Maltbie, Achsah Maltbie Rawlings, Lee DeGolyer Patchen, Susie Elliott Faubion, Edith Webb Nelson, Carrie Teats Lartigue, Guy Alfred Clumpner, Grace Ellis Woodward, Mabel Rue Frederick, Nell Hartman Peel, Edwin Allan Poole, Mabel Enid Rice Conrad and Helen Elizabeth Osborne Rowe.

Herbert Hoover Osborn was EWGS President in 1968 and 1969. He was born in Utah in 1929 to Warren J. and Ruby (Twitchell) Osborn. Herbert went to school in Escalente, Utah and after graduation studied pre-dentistry at the University of Utah before finishing his studies at the University of Washington. In 1954 at the Temple at Salt Lake City, Utah, Herbert married Melba Gardiner. They had one daughter, Jane, and three sons: Paul, Brent and Bryan. Herbert was a member of the 12th Ward of the LDS Church and a seven-year member of the Central Valley School Board. He was a private in the Army in Seoul Korea as well as a guest lecturer at Seoul University and Yangtse University on gold crown dentistry. He was nominated as "Citizen of the Year" in 1984.

In 1968 when Herbert was EWGS President, EWGS was registered at the Courthouse and got a permanent mailing address. The EWGS newsletter became The Bulletin in September of 1969. In March of 1970 Dr. Osborn of the Genealogical Records Committee filmed the school Records from Cheney, Washington, which began about 1886. The committee also worked on Spokane County records, some dating back to 1865.
Dr. Osborn is still alive and is the earliest EWGS President still alive.

Comments by Carrie Lartigue: "1968: Dr. H.H. Osborn - who engineered good programs and always helps with the annual Workshop. He is especially informative in Migration Trails. (There is a six-page article by Dr. Osborn in the Bulletin archives). It was through Dr. Osborn that we were granted the use of LDS facilities. Also, we are grateful to him for microfilming many rolls of Spokane County records...mainly Deeds."

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