Heart Throbs of the West, Kate B. Carter, Vol. 4, p. 273
Emuel Bachman. Near the head of a little valley, which is about 6 or 8 miles long and
varying in width from about a half a mile to a mile at its widest place, in the foot-hill
regions of the Switzerland Alps, is a hill named Willsberg. It is about 600 feet above the
base of the little valley. About half way up the hill, overlooking a beautiful small creek,
is a typical Swiss house, nestled in the center of a growth of old and stately hazelnut trees.
This house is the ancestral home of the Bachman family. How long the family has lived there
is not known. Presumably it has lived there many generations and perhaps the family name
of Bachman was taken from the residence there itself, meaning "The man of the creek, or Creek Man."
"My father, Jacob Bachman, son of Hans R. Bachman, was born here the 26th day of April
1830. He died in Ogden, Utah, December 19, 1907. My mother was Elizabeth Sutter, born i
n the city of Aarau, well-educated daughter of a lawyer, in whose office she served as his
scrivener. They were married December 3, 1852, and joined the Church in the year 1855.
They started for Utah in 1862. On arriving at Bern, Switzerland, I was born August 17 of
that year. This made our family a family of 5 children leaving for Zion; Frana, Henry, Jacob,
Elizabeth and Emuel (myself). Mary, the oldest of the children had died before the family started.
"Our first home in Utah was in Harrisville, in Mound Fort, Weber County. But we soon moved to
Liberty in Ogden Valley. The extreme cold and want of food and clothing for his family
caused my father to complain bitterly of his sacrifice of a good home and plenty in
Switzerland. He became very ill, and during which time he saw the mistake of complaining,
and repented. My mother, was always strong in the faith. From Liberty we moved to Eden,
where, in November 1866 my mother died. In about a year my father married a widow by the
name of Anna Stone who had one child. From this union there were born 4 children, making a total of 13.
"I was baptized when I was 8 years old by Henry Talbot and confirmed by Peter Johnson;
ordained a deacon when 13. As I grew older I continued on and entered into the various activities
in the different organizations, and was ordained an elder.
"I saved $300, with which I bought a team and wagon and in December 1884, at the age of 22,
I married Mary Jane Heninger. With some of my wife's relatives we started for Idaho in March,
1885. We loaded all of our earthly possessions into our wagon and it was not half full at that.
We had one cow and we drove it with the other animals. Progress was slow, it took ten days to
make the trip. In our little home which we built on land I homesteaded near Lewisville, our first
and only child, Emuel Bachman Jr., was born, November 1, 1885. On the 6th of November Mary
died of blood poisoning, leaving me with our little child one week old. Her death was a great blow
to me and I shall never forget the gloom which seemed to destroy all happiness for me in life. I
got a kind neighbor to take the baby and another neighbor accompanied me in taking her body, in
my wagon, to Idaho Falls, a distance of 20 miles, where I shipped it to Ogden for burial.
"During the winter of 1887, when my little son was two years old, I met Elizabeth Jane Taylor of
Far West, Weber County. We were married October 31, 1888 in the Logan Temple and returned to
our home in Idaho. A year later Elizabeth returned to Eden and brought our little son Emuel home,
who had remained with his grandparents.
"From this period in my life I spent a good deal of my time in Church activities, serving as Home
missionary, president of Mutual, counselor in the Elders' Quorum and later President of the Quorum,
and then senior president of the 106th Quorum of Seventy. In 1893 I was called to fill a mission in
the Northern States, and was known in my missionary labors as the "Walking Bible," which name
followed me through the State of Idaho. Soon after returning from my mission in 1895, I was made
Stake Superintendent of Religion Classes in the Bingham Stake.
"We moved to Lobell, from there to Shelley, where in 1904 I received a call to fill a mission to
Great Britain. I was assigned to the Nottingham Conference and took charge of the Derby Branch
and later the Lester Branch. I returned home to Idaho in July 1906, and in 1907 we moved to
Harrisville, Utah, where in 1909 I was set apart as a Bishop. I held this position for five years.
During this time, I filled a short mission to Nevada. After my release from the Bishopric in 1913,
I was again appointed a member of the High Council, which position I held until 1919. We moved to
Salt Lake City, where following the death of my son, we took his two little children into our home.
My wife died in November 1922. During the winter of 1923, while working in the Temple, I met Orodine
Rollins, and we were married March 7, 1924. At present I am a leader in the High Priests' class and am
enjoying this and my Temple Ordinance work." - From his biographyuel (myself). Mary, the oldest of the
children had died before the family started.]
Son: Emuel Bachman Jr
Son of Jacob Bachman and Elizabeth Sutter
1. Married Mary Jane Heninger, 3 Oct 1884, Eden, Weber, Utah
Son - Emuel Heninger Bachman
2. Married Elizabeth Taylor, 31 Oct 1888, Logan, Cache, Utah
3. Married Orodine Cordelia Rollins, 7 Mar 1924, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Other than the accounts below there isn’t much about Emuel that has come down through the family. I
remember being told that he was a strict, serious man who doted on his only child and son Emuel Heninger,
whose mother, Mary Jane, died in childbirth. When Elizabeth Taylor, his second wife of 34 years, died in 1922,
he put Melvin and Jesse into the Lund children’s home until he married Orodine in 1924. I was told that he did not
approve of Ethel and was unhappy about the early marriage between her and Emuel Jr. When Emuel Jr. died so
young she chose not to stay in the area but left Melvin and Jesse for their grandfather to rear and left for California
with Vera and a male friend. I found this obituary and brief history from sources listed on the web.
Information below from: LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Volume 3, by Andrew Jensen. Accessed at gospelink.com
EMUEL BACHMAN Bachman, Emuel, the third Bishop of Harrisville ( North Weber Stake ), Weber county, Utah, was6, 1885, in childbed. In 1888 (Oct. 31st) he married Elizabeth Taylor, of Farr West, Weber county, Utah.
he was ordained a Seventy and subsequently chosen as a president of the 106th quorum of Seventy. In 1893-1895 he filled a
mission to the Northern States, laboring in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. After his return from this mission he
was chosen as president of the Lewisville Y. M. M. I. A. and also labored as a home missionary for a number of years. In 1897
(Jan. 3rd) he was appointed Stake superintendent of religion classes in the Bingham Stake of Zion, which position he held until
June, 1904, when he again (responding to call) left home to fill a mission to Great Britain. He returned in 1906.
During the time of his residence in Idaho he was a farmer and canal builder; he served a number of times as a director and
president of board of directors of canal companies, was also water master and filled other positions of responsibility in Bingham county.
In April, 1907, he moved to Harrisville, Weber county, Utah, where he soon afterwards was appointed superintendent of the Harrisville
Sunday School, and when the North Weber Stake of Zion was organized, in 1908, he was chosen as a member of the High Council of
said Stake. In 1909 he was ordained a Bishop by David A. Smith and set apart to preside over the Harrisville Ward, which position he held
for nearly five years.
During the time of his administration he spent nearly six months in Nevada, doing missionary work. Being released from his
Bishopric in 1913, because of other duties, he was again appointed a member of the High Council. This position he held until September, 1919,
when he moved to Salt Lake City to do Temple work. Since that time he has been busily engaged in performing Temple ordinances for the dead.
He is now a resident of the Second Ward, Salt Lake City, and acts as Ward genealogist, home missionary, etc.
born August 17, 1862, in Bern, Canton Bern, Switzerland, the son of Jacob Bachmann and Elizabeth Suter. He emigrated with
his parents from Switzerland to America as an infant and located with them in Liberty, Ogden valley, Weber county, Utah; later the family
moved to Eden in the same valley. Emuel was baptized when about eight years old; later he was ordained a Deacon and subsequently an Elder,
still later was made president of an Elders quorum. He took an active part in Church affairs from his early youth. In December, 1884, he married
Mary Jane Henniger (the daughter of Rees T. Henniger and Frances Jane Southern), and the next year (1885) he moved with his family to Lewisville,
Bingham county, Idaho, where his first and only child (Emuel jun.) was born, Nov. 1, 1885, and his wife died, Nov.