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Edith and the Lion

Edith Young Booth was a granddaughter of Brigham Young and Harriet Elizabeth Cook Young. During the anti-polygamy raids of the 1880s, Edith’s mother and siblings chose to stay with Harriet at the Lion House rather than be used as evidence against Edith’s father. Despite all the troubles of the era, Edith looked back with fondness on her time at the Lion House. “The thrill which my sister Stella and I received by being permitted to sit on the lion in front of the house is one still bright in my recollection,” she wrote.

Edith Young Booth, “Recollections of the Lion House,” Relief Society Magazine, vol. 24, no. 7 (July 1937), 429