PARLEY DALLEY Biography 1886 - 1970
Parley Dalley was born November 5, 1886, the son of James and Petrina B. Dalley. He grew up on a farm in Summit. Utah, the place of his birth, and attended the one- room school there. He then went to the Parowan Stake Academy in Cedar City, studying under his sister Amelia Dalley Green, and then to the Cedar City Public School. From 1902 to 1905, he attended the Branch Normal School and then obtained his Chemical Engineering degree, graduating in 1909 from the University of Utah. He later obtained his master's degree. In 1910, he married Mable Naegle and they became the parents of three children.
Dalley returned to the Branch Normal School as head of the Physical Science Department in 1909. His teaching career spanned most of the four phases of the college: Branch Normal School, Branch Agricultural College, College of Southern Utah, and even the beginning of Southern Utah State College in 1969. During his long academic association he was appointed full professor in 1948: pursued graduate work at California University at Berkley and University of Southern California in Los Angeles; served as acting president of B.A.C. in 1945: and at retirement was given an honorary Science Degree from Utah State University. He served as College Alumni president three times, being a member of the Alumni Council 18 years; wrote the constitution for the Alumni Association and the Fifty Year Club of which he acted as sponsor, president, and secretary-treasurer; a member of the graduation committee 30 years; 32 years on the Scholarship Committee; and was president of the Faculty Association one term.
Parley served as Superintendent of Schools from 1913 to 1919. He was Mayor of Cedar City when the railroad came in and President Warren G. Harding visited the City. He was a member of the Library Board from 1934 to 1942. He was precinct and County Chairman of the Democratic Party at the time of the election of Woodrow Wilson, and remained active in the party for many years; first president of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers; president of the Commercial Club for a year;
lifetime member of the Chamber of Commerce; organizer and president of the Rock Club; and owner and operator of a farm specializing in purebred sheep and dairy cattle.
Parley Dalley studied the geology of Southern Utah, and he logged 18,000 miles in tours of the U.S., Canada, and other places. He donated many very valuable collections of specimens to the college, along with a historical collection of manuscripts, pictures, etc., which he had amassed over the years. He died October 24, 1970.
From: A sketch by Inez Cooper taken from Autobiography of Parley Dalley--S.U. S. C. Library
Mayor 1922 - 1924
1965 September 28, The Dalley family
Uncle Parley (1886 – 1970) is a very fine man but got too engrossed in schoolwork to be active in the church. He has taught over 50 years in the College at Cedar City and is very highly respected.
Grandfather Dalley (James Dalley) was a Patriarch and two of his sons were Patriarchs. Some were Bishops and all except Uncle Parley were active in church work. There were several who filled honorable missions for the church. Many were school teachers especially the younger ones who had a better chance for higher education. But even some of the older ones taught school and all were anxious and ready to improve themselves and learn by helping themselves. My mother didn’t have a chance to attend school many years but she liked to read good books and could spell with the best of them. She was made YWMIA President when she was 18 years old and held that position until I was a baby.
|Birth:||Nov. 15, 1886|
|Death:||Mar. 24, 1970|
James Dalley (1822 - 1905)
Threne Nielsen Bertelsen Dalley (1840 - 1914)
Mable Naegle Dalley (1886 - 1975)
Mary Dalley Deming (1911 - 1997)*
Parley James Dalley (1919 - 2000)*
Emma Louise Dalley Lence (1920 - 2010)*
Summit City Cemetery
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