A modest but not the less notable figure in Utah history passed from mortality with the death, early this month, Dec. 5, 1914, of William Perkins Vance, at his home in Lund, Nevada. He was a pioneer of pioneers: for he was one of the last survivors of the gallant band composing the original party of 142 who set out from the Missouri River in April and were destined to lay Utah's foundation July 24, 1847, being a member of the sixth "ten" of which Erastus Snow was also a member, and Charles Shumway was captain. He was also one of the chosen few who came into the Great Salt Lake Valley as advance guard a day or two ahead of the main company. Having been born in 1822, he lived to the remarkable age of 92, and his long life was spent in useful and energetic labor in developing and building up the country.
A native of Tennessee, he migrated as a boy to Illinois, and joined the Church in 1840, and lived for a time with the family of the Prophet Joseph Smith. After coming to Utah, he was called on various pioneering missions with those stalwart leaders and explorers of early times, Parley P. Pratt, George A. Smith, and others; and as early as 1858, he was a settler of Las Vegas. He was honored with a high civil office (Probate Judge), while a resident of Summit County, Utah and later moved to St. George, and finally to Nevada again, where he died. He was avaliant, willing, faithful man, and enjoyed, as he deserved, the esteem and respect of all who knew him well.
Written and submitted by:
Lucille Gubler Terry