Two Hundredth Birthday Celebration - Fall 2015

A. O. Smoot was born February 17, 1815.

Donna Faye Smoot Bott just passed away (last A. O. Smoot grandchild)

Dear Smoot Family,

I am sad to report that Donna Faye Smoot Bott recently passed away at the age of 91.  She will be deeply missed. 

For many years she has been the only living grandchild (Third Generation) of Abraham Owen Smoot.  (Of the first Three Generations Sheet, Donna Faye is at the far bottom shown in green.)  Abraham Owen had 35 children (Second Generation) and 163 grandchildren (Third Generation).  Although we have lost many family members of the Fourth Generation, we are happy that many of the Fourth Generation are still with us.  

Aline Coleman Smith, the oldest living member of the Fourth Generation, passed away just 2 months ago at the age of 105.  

Marian Bird Smoot, the wife of L. Douglas Smoot, former President of the A. O. Smoot organization, also passed away December 28, 2016. Donna, Aline and Marian were all recognized at the Oct 2015 reunion.

The Abraham Owen Smoot Family has continued to blossom into the 9th Generation.  At the Oct 6, 2015 Family Reunion, it was a delight to have seven generations represented and in attendance.   

We express our deepest condolences to the many close friends and family of Donna Faye Bott, Aline Smith and Marian Smoot.

Sharman Smoot

Abraham Owen Smoot Family Organization

Abraham Owen Smoot Reunion - 6 OCT 2015

Abraham Owen Smoot - Four Generation Chart

Donna Faye Smoot Bott - Obituary

Donna Faye Smoot Bott, 91, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Brigham Community Hospital, due to Pneumonia. She was born October 20, 1925, at home, in Farmington, Utah, the daughter of Horace Alma and Edna Louise Stubbs Smoot. She was the 10th child of 10 children. She was a tiny baby, just barely 5 pounds and 16 inches long. Her father ran the Lagoon Race Track and all the racers would come in to see her because she was so little. She attended school in Provo, Utah until the 10th Grade then graduated from Davis High in May of 1944. She then spent 3 years at Utah State University. She worked at Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, then for the Internal Revenue Services, retiring from there in December 1982, after 20 years of Government Service. While working at Hill Field, she met and fell in love with John Henry Bott III. They were married on August 5, 1944 in the Logan LDS Temple. They lived in Farson, Wyoming for 3 years then moved back to Utah, finally moving to Corinne, Utah in 1956. John passed away February 2, 2012 after 64 years of marriage. She was a member of the Corinne 1st Ward, where she served in many teaching positions. Donna Faye loved Christmas. As a child, Christmas was a happy time around their home. The house was always decorated inside and out with lights and decorations. They would get up early to open gifts & eat breakfast then would make the journey to each of the brothers & sisters homes to see what everyone had received for Christmas then would return home to have supper and finish the day. John and Donna Faye never had the opportunity to have children of their own, but had many "adopted" children and families. Donna Faye was a very talented person. She loved to cook and sew. She crochet many afghans, quilted, and made many crochet plastic projects for her friends and family. She loved her friends at the Community Center, where she would go each week to visit and work on projects. She was a member of the DUP and enjoyed the association she had with the ladies there. She was preceded in death by her husband, 6 brothers, Alma (A.V.), Edgar, Neldon, Richard, & twin brothers (who died at birth), 3 sisters, Diana Turner, Maurine Bourne, Louise Hanson Stringham. The family wishes to thank all the many friends who visited and helped Donna Faye throughout the years. Services will be Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Corinne LDS Ward Chapel, 2335 N 4000 W, Corinne, UT. Viewings Sunday 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 E., Brigham City and on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Church. Interment will be in the Corinne Cemetery.

Aline Coleman Smith - Obituary

July 2, 1911 ~ January 9, 2017 Aline Coleman Smith, 105-1/2, beloved mother, wife, aunt, sister, teacher, and sweet- spirited friend to so many, passed away peacefully on January 9th, 2017, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born July 2, 1911 in Provo, Utah to Jacob and Allie Smoot Coleman. She quickly assumed her role as caring eldest child and mother's helper, watching over her siblings throughout their childhoods. Her parents must have had a sense, even in those early years, that Aline would eventually take care of them - which she did for a number of years at the end of their lives. Jacob was a Provo City attorney and very active in local civic affairs throughout his life. Aline's mother, Allie, was the granddaughter of Abraham O. Smoot, mayor of both SLC and Provo and an ambitious, resourceful administrator in the formative years of BYU. Allie was also the source of Aline's sweet-tempered, generous personality. Aline was the oldest of five children and is survived by her "baby" sister, Genevieve "Jenny" Coleman Walker. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Virgil J. Smith, her son, Jay Coleman Smith, brothers, Dr. James Smoot Coleman and Dr. Sherman Smoot Coleman and sister, Martha Coleman Miner. Aline attended elementary through high school at Brigham Young Training School, where she discovered her lifelong passion for dance. She went on to study Modern Dance with the illustrious early pioneers Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis in New York, and with Margaret H'Doubler at the University of Wisconsin. She graduated with high honors from BYU in 1933 with degrees in both Physical Education and Education. Aline was instrumental in founding the dance program at BYU, and continued to teach and choreograph there for 10 years after her graduation. Choreography was her greatest passion, especially the crafting of large ensemble works to classical music. Her younger sister Martha, was an award-winning classical pianist who played for Aline's classes and dances; the two were a marvelous artistic team. Aline would imagine and choreograph dances in her mind as she listened to Martha's playing at home. Aline married Virgil J. Smith in 1933. Their son Jay was born in 1939. Soon after, the family moved to Boise, Idaho, where Aline became very active in the YWCA, developing dance and movement programs for adults. During a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark she fell in love with Danish cross-stitch, needlepoint and petit point. Soon after, she embarked on what was to become a 30-year passion for creating original needlework of her own. These pieces adorn the furniture and walls of her loved ones to this day. Following her husband Virgil's death in 1992, Aline moved to SLC to be closer to her large extended family and childhood friends. For many years, she and her sister, Martha, shared a home in Holladay full of music, art and good humor. In 2006 they moved to Highland Cove, living just down the hall from one another. Throughout her life, Aline was a great reader and avid student of literature and history. Even as her eyesight deteriorated, she continued to enjoy audiobooks - listening to 5 or 6 a week, which her younger sister Jenny supplied - scouring local libraries to keep up with Aline's voracious reading appetite. Aline was also a member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers and Daria Book Club, where she made many lifelong friends. Aline will be especially remembered for her loving, open-hearted generosity and wide- ranging friendships. She remained very close to her extended family and leaves behind a legion of friends at Highland Cove and throughout the region. There will be a small family Graveside Service in Boise, Idaho at a later date. Aline's family would like to especially thank all of her dear friends, the Olpin family, Dr. Margaret Lunt and her nurse Shannon for their love and kindness over the years, and CNS Hospice for their recent care. Memorial donations in honor of Aline may be made to either DSBVI (Utah Blind Center) at 250 North 1950 West Ste. B, SLC, UT 84116-7902 or to the BYU Modern Dance fund at - See more at: Legacy

Marian Bird Smoot

1933–2016 (obituary) Marian Bird Smoot passed away on December 28, 2016. She was born in Springville, Utah on September 7, 1933 to Maurice Clegg Bird and Mary Elizabeth Williams Bird. She was preceded in death by her parents and her older brother, Wallace, who was killed in a plane accident in 1954. Marian is survived by her sister, Mary Jane Palfreyman, brother, Richard Bird, her husband, L. Douglas Smoot, and daughters: Analee (Scott) Folster, LaCinda (John) Lewis, Michelle (Nathan) Hyde and Mindy (Conor) Robbins.

Marian met Doug in the third grade and they attended Springville High School together where she was the Art Queen, member of the Steno club, and a cheerleader. Marian designed and sewed the cheer outfits which were showcased in the Springville Art Museum. She loved to dance, run, play the drums, sew, paint and drive her Dad’s red truck. Doug and Marian graduated in 1952, and on September 15, 1953 they were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They recently celebrated 63 years of marriage.

Marian was a faithful member of the LDS church. She served in numerous callings including Relief Society President, Primary chorister and ward photographer. She was a great support to Doug in his many church callings. Marian served as President of BYU Women and on the Provo City Art Board which was responsible for raising funds for the Covey Center for the Arts.

Marian loved music and had a beautiful alto voice. She and Doug donated their time, energy and financial resources to various theatre and art foundations, including Tuacahn, the Covey Center and the Springville Art Gallery. Marian also loved sports and cheered for BYU and the Jazz. She enjoyed tennis with friends and played competitively for years. Marian was an excellent homemaker, cook, collector and seamstress. She had a quick wit, a ready smile and a contagious laugh.

Marian and Doug traveled the world together, often with family. Her favorite place to be was on row one, the center seat of any activity where her family was involved. Marian is a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed by her family, now numbering 62, including 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Marian devoted her life to her posterity and her legacy will live on through them.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Oak Hills Stake Center, 925 East North Temple Drive, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Wednesday, January 4, from 6-8:00 p.m. and at the church Thursday, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at

Sixty Years of Smoot Research - by Loretta Nixon

Abraham Owen Smoot - Family Celebration Agenda

SAT October 10, 2015 - Meet at 9:15 AM @ Marriott Center

We will be meeting on the North side of the Marriott Center in the parking lot.  Slot #5 for the Smoot family. We are excited to see you all there in the parade, please join us.  I plan to take my grandkids, it should be a lot of fun. Parade Details are provided in the following three documents:

Parade Map

Parade order - Smoot Family is #5

Parade Rules and Regulations

October 6-10, 2015

TUE OCT 6 - Founders Day Events 

BYU Opening Ceremonies   11:00 a.m. @ Marriott Center

The 2015 Homecoming celebration will begin with Opening Ceremonies Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 11:00 a.m. in the Marriott Center. In addition to outstanding entertainment, there will be a tribute to our dear Grandpa A.O. Smoot. We invite you to join us in special reserved seating. It is free to attend, just tell them you are with the Abraham Owen Smoot Family to get directed to the founders seating. 

Founders Luncheon   12:30 p.m. @ Wilkinson Center Main Ballroom

We also invite you to the Founders Luncheon following the Opening Ceremonies. The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Wilkinson Student Center. President and Sister Worthen, members of the President’s Council, winners of the Brimhall Essay Contest, and other guests will attend. The registration deadline is Sep. 29.

Childrens Activity / Free Lunch  12:30 p.m. @ Wilkinson Center Garden Court

The children's activity is another option for children 12 and under and will be held simultaneously in an adjoining room. It includes a free sack lunch and entertainment. Children will also learn a song to sing at the Main Reunion Event. An older family member may accompany children; however, he/she will also need to sign up for the activity to receive the sack lunch.
Children wishing to stay at the Founders Luncheon will need to purchase a meal ticket for $8.50.

Family Reunion Main Event   2:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ Wilkinson Center Main Ballroom

This event will take place immediately following the luncheon at 2 p.m. also in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom beginning immediately with the family photo. The Family Reunion Main Event will also include: 
          Performance by the children of the song learned during the Children's Activity
A. O. Smoot 200th Birthday Celebration and viewing of the A. O. Smoot Film
Special musical numbers by renowned Smoot cousins
Opportunity to learn more about Smoot family members, special announcements, the Provo City Center Temple tour and other activities

(Click here to sign-up for the above A. O. Smoot Tuesday Events) 

WED OCT 7 - Presentations about Provo Tabernacle and B.Y. Academy Square - for which A. O. Smoot was responsible

(Free and no registration required)

1. 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Provo Library Ballroom - Historic Provo Tabernacle Presentation (Becoming Provo City Center Temple) Brigham Young Academy Square Library Ballroom – 500 North University Avenue, Provo. Power Point Presentation, Provo City Center Temple, History and Construction, Elder and Sister Newitt

2. 11:00 am - 12:15 pm @ Provo Library Ballroom - Historic B.Y. Academy. B.Y. Academy Square Library Ballroom 11am-12:15. Power Point Presentation about the Historic B.Y. Academy Bldg., history, preservation and library, Director Gene Nelson.

3. 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm @ Provo Library Ballroom - Unveiling of Abraham Owen Smoot heroic size bronze statue. 

THU or FRI OCT 8-9  BYU Spectacular

Homecoming Spectacular 7:30 PM @ BYU Marriott Center (Register for Tickets)  Thursday or Friday Evenings - Use Promo Code "founder"
We will recognize Brother Smoot during Homecoming Spectacular, a musical variety program featuring David Archuleta and showcasing BYU’s premiere student entertainment groups. The event will take place Thursday and Friday, Oct. 8 and 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Limited seating in the founder family section costs $30 per ticket. Tickets outside the family section begin at $20. Spectacular tickets may be purchased online. For the family section the tickets are $30, just enter the promotional code “founder.” Spectacular tickets are expected to sell out early.

SAT OCT 10 - Run / Parade / BYU Football

8:45am - Kid's Races

10:00 am - Homecoming Parade (click here)  Provo, UT Parade Route

We love parades!!!!  Abraham walked across the plains, he walked on his mission, and on the streets of Provo. All A. O. Smoot descendants old and young come join us in the BYU Homecoming Parade Saturday morning.  We need to be in place by 9:30 am.  Meeting behind the Marriott Center.  Come one and all. 

Bring the children and let's walk together remembering Abraham on his 200th birthday. 
This should be a wonderful parade. Doug Smoot is the Grand Marshall. Other family members will be recognized during the parade. All of the descendants of A. O. Smoot (children and adults) are invited to walk together in the parade meeting between 9:00 - 9:30 AM Saturday morning in the parking lot by the Harman building and Marriott Center. 

Football Game (click here) BYU vs East Carolina Pirates  TBD @ LaVelle Edwards Stadium

Discount tickets at use Promo Code "BYUSMOOT". This promo code will also give you discount tickets to other BYU football games.

WED-SAT OCT 7-10 - Self Guided Historic Tours of A. O. Smoot Sites - (more information coming)

BYU Campus Sites

   i. A.O. Smoot Document Display – Perry Special Collections, Lee Library (John Murphy)
   ii. A.O. Smoot Administration Building – A.O. Display-main floor lobby NE corner – updated 
   iii. Family History Center – Lee Library-A.O. Smoot Family History (Name)
   iv. Hinckley Alumni Building – 2 historic BYU films

Provo City Sites

   i. BY Academy Building (Provo Library, 500 N. University Ave)
   ii. Provo Tabernacle (City Center Temple, 100 S. University Ave)
   iii. Diana Eldredge Home (461 East Center Street)
   iv. Provo’s ZCMI Site (NE Corner University Ave & Center Street)
   v. Provo Woolen Mills Site, City Block, (100-200 West, 100-200 North)
   vi. Smoot Lumber Yard Site (NE corner University Ave and 600 South)
   vii. First National Bank Building (remodeled, NW corner University Ave and Center Street)
For more information about other Homecoming and Smoot Family Reunion activities, please visit the following websites:

Questions about BYU events, contact: Curtis Isaak (contact information)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. If I were to pick one day to attend, which of those days is most important?
A. Tuesday is the day where the main family events are happening. The most important is the 2:00 pm family reunion event.

Q. If I need to ask BYU a question about Tuesdays events, who do I contact?
A. Curtis Isaak, Alumni Services Coordination. 801-422-7621.

Q. Where should I park?
A. Marriott Center Parking lot on Tuesday morning. East of Wilkinson visitor parking for the Tuesday events. On Wednesday park around or underground by the B.Y. Academy building.

Q. What historic documents will be available to purchase?
A. Three books: 1) Abraham Owen Smoot (1994) 2) Abraham Owen Smoot - His Life and Service in Provo (2015) 3) Miracle at Academy Square (2003). Academy painting print, note cards, post cards, and other items.

Q. If I have specific questions about the reunion, who could I speak with?
A. Sharman Smoot @ 801-399-1000

L. Douglas Smoot - President of the Abraham O. Smoot Family Organization
Invitation to all descendants to celebrate 200 years since his birth.

2015 A. O. Smoot Reunion Information

Dates and Events
When: Oct 6-10, 2015 - BYU Home Coming Week
Where: BYU, Provo, Utah and Surrounding area.
What: A. O. Smoot Reunion
Who: All Family Invited 

The following items coming:

  1. The A. O. Smoot history presented by Anna Smoot Taylor at our 1978 reunion.  Coming.

Abraham Owen Smoot Documentary and Tribute

NEW book October 2015
Abraham Owen Smoot - His life and service in Provo

BY Academy Square Building

Journey to Temple Hill: The BYU Story
Journey to Temple Hill - Published on Oct 6, 2012
"Journey to Temple Hill: The Brigham Young University Story" is a historical documentary about BYU's founding and early history.The program was produced by BYU University Communications in conjunction with the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at the Harold B. Lee Library.

The documentary draws upon interviews with past and current BYU presidents, historians, faculty and with descendants of BYU founders to describe the university's establishment and the challenges faced in its first three decades. (note: this includes L. Douglas Smoot and Loretta Nixon of the Abraham Owen Smoot Committee.)

Established in 1875, the university began as the Brigham Young Academy, housed in a single building on Provo Center Street. After a fire destroyed the building in 1884, the academy founders and faculty struggled to keep the institution alive, often going without salaries for months at a time.

In 2012, BYU marked the 100th anniversary of construction of the Karl G. Maeser Building, the first building on upper BYU campus on a piece of land known as "Temple Hill."

The documentary includes rare historical footage, photos and interviews with past BYU presidents Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Merrill J. Bateman, emeritus general authority of the Church of Jesus Christ, as well as current BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson, also an emeritus general authority, are also featured.

Actor and theatre professor Rodger Sorensen, associate dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications, portrays Karl G. Maeser, BYU's spiritual and academic architect. The contributions of Abraham O. Smoot, first president of BYU's Board of Trustees, who sacrificed his own personal wealth to sustain the institution, are also highlighted.

The program includes original recordings of early academy students Eva Maeser Crandall, daughter of Karl G. Maeser, and Bryant Hinckley, one of Maeser's students and father of the late President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Karl Miller, who is seen in photos from the 1908 Maeser Building groundbreaking, also shares his unprecedented personal perspective in an interview that was recorded before his death in 2008. The 104 year-old Miller, who attended Brigham Young High and BYU and then worked on campus for his entire professional career, describes the groundbreaking on an area known as "Temple Hill," where the Maeser Building was constructed.

"It was a glorious day for all of us to see something in the future," recounts Miller. "We had no idea it would ever be a university like it is today."

Production support for"Journey to Temple Hill" was provided through the LDS Motion Picture Studio. It was produced and directed by Julie Walker with director of photography Brian Wilcox. The project was edited by BYU students Sarah Butler, Mark Gillins and Seth Estrada. Sam Cardon provided the original musical score.

"Journey to Temple Hill," is an expanded version of a documentary shown in the Gordon B. Hinckley Building Alumni and Visitors Center,

Brigham Young University is one of the world's largest private church-owned universities. For more information about BYU, see
A limited number will be available
for sale at the reunion.

Title: Abraham Owen Smoot - A testament of his life
Author - Loretta D. Nixon & L. Douglas Smoot

A limited number will be available
for sale at the reunion.

Title: The miracle at academy square
Author: L. Douglas Smoot

This new book will be for sale at the reunion.

New Book Coming at the reunion
ABRAHAM OWEN SMOOT - His life and service in Provo
L. Douglas Smoot, editor
Authors: D. Robert Carter (2 chapters), Loretta Nixon (2 chapters), Daily Herald (1 Chapter), L Douglas Smoot (3 chapters)

BY Academy and Provo Tabernacle

In 1882, for the first time, the church set up a normal fund for the Academy, with $400 for tuition for training teachers.  During the years following Brigham Young’s death in 1877, the Academy continued to grow and they recruited from the very large Utah Territory.  In 1883, the Academy had 402 registered students.  By 1884, the Academy had students from what would become seven surrounding states.
But, on January 27, 1884 the Lewis Building, on Third West and Center Street, caught fire and was destroyed.  Much of the furniture, organ, musical instruments, the library and physical apparatus was saved.  Financial loss was at least $15,000.  The Young Women’s Journal said:
Of all who gazed on that sad spectacle that night, there was no heavier, sadder heart than that of its foster-father, A.O. Smoot.  The Institution had grown into his very heart of hearts, and to see the results of years of toil and hard-earned blessings blazing on the altar of sacrifice, wilted his feelings to the uttermost…  With steady courage he calmed the fears and murmurs of excited pupils, raised the fallen hopes of [the] crushed principal, infused life and energy into the board and faculty, and with the loss of only one day, the school resumed its session, and BY Academy went bravely on with its work.

Quick assignments were made to hold classes in the Provo Tabernacle, the Smoot bank building and the Jones furniture store and school reopened, missing only one day.  But enrollment slackened and financial stress increased.  Within a year, classes were moved to the church-owned ZCMI warehouse on 500 South Academy (University) Avenue, where all of the upper floor and half of the lower floor were used.
At the same time, the Board of Trustees, with encouragement from President John Taylor, decided to build a new academy building on Fifth North and Academy Avenue.  President John Taylor assigned $5000 of Church funds toward the erection of a new building.  In April 1884, using some of the money advanced by the Church, $1300 was paid toward the price of the land which cost $4,800.  Land was purchased and the foundations were dug and completed by October of 1884.  But by 1885, enrollment had declined and lack of funds caused the work on a new academy building to be halted indefinitely.
Additional challenges resulted from the involvement of heirs of Brigham Young who held visitational and veto rights, together with control and management of academy property.  This made administration more complicated and obtaining private donations was more difficult.
This arrangement was dramatically changed in November, 1890 when Brigham’s heirs gave full authority to President Abraham O. Smoot and the Board of Trustees for all aspects of Academy administration.  This led to new life in the Academy and the Board of Trustees immediately moved forward to complete the Academy Building. 
Architect Joseph Don Carlos Young, Brigham’s son, completed the design of the Academy Building.  The Board of Trustees borrowed substantially more money with several board members signing personal guarantees, particularly A.O. Smoot. A.O. Smoot endorsed $65,000 in BY Academy notes, outstanding against his name, with interest up to 12%.  These were all for the Academy and likely for the building.  Also H.H. Child, Harvey H. Cluff, David John and Wilson Dusenberry signed personal guarantees.   
The total cost of the Academy Building was about $100,000.  In 1893 (during this period of loan guaranteeing), A.O. said to his wife: Anne, I haven’t a piece of property that is not mortgaged.  I have had to do it to raise money to keep the Brigham Young Academy going.  That was given to me as a mission and I would sooner lose all than to fail in fulfilling this responsibility.  I love that school and I can see what it means to our youth to have a spiritual as well as book learning.  It must live.
Construction resumed in early 1891 and was completed in late 1891.  It was dedicated by George Q. Cannon, a member of the First Presidency, on January 4, 1892.  President Wilford Woodruff, A.O. Smoot, Karl Maeser and others spoke.  This beautiful building was said to provide the Best Education and Accommodations in the Territory, and was critical to the survival and growth of the BY Academy[1]. 
President A.O. Smoot, who conducted the dedicatory services, said on this occasion:  My heart swells with gratitude as I look upon this assemblage.  I have been watching the academy since its commencement and its reverses and successes.  I have taken an almost fatherly concern in it.  Its graduates are known throughout all Utah and its surroundings.  The prospect for the academy is very flattering for the future.  The old walls of the academy were very dear to me.  The old walls will be remembered with gratitude by many a Brigham Young Academy student.  We are prepared to accommodate 600 students.  We have the furniture and all the appliances.  We feel that the present academic year will not close with less than that number.  I ask the people here today not for their gold and silver, but for their faith and assistance.  I have spent many a sleepless night for the academy.  I feel confident that the success of the Brigham Young Academy is assured.  It will never go backward but onward [Applause.] My association with Dr. Maeser has not been limited.  I have spent many an hour with him and feel that in his retirement he has a greater field of usefulness in which to labor.  May his mantle fall upon his successor, Benjamin Cluff, with becoming dignity.
An early photograph shows the BY Academy Building as it appeared on Founders’ Day in 1900, about eight years after its dedication.  Three years later, the BY Academy became Brigham Young University and Academy Avenue became University Avenue.
The Brigham Young Academy on Founders’ Day in 1900

BY Academy Building. Built under the direction of A.O. Smoot, BY Academy Board of Trustees President, (1875-1895). Started 1884, dedicated – 1892. When the roll of honor is read of the names who have made the Academy what it is today, second only to the illustrious name of its founder, Brigham Young, will stand the name and fame of Abram O. Smoot (Joseph F. Smith)

Provo Tabernacle. Built under the direction of Utah Stake President, A.O. Smoot, (1868-1895). Started 1883, dedicated 1898. President A.O. Smoot said (Sept. 1, 1889, Utah Stake Conference) I hope to live to see the Tabernacle completed and ornamented with an organ and beautiful as a house of worship but I don’t know whether I will or not.

Provo City Center Temple Dec 2014 (see more)

[1] This Academy Building, after being sold by the Church in 1978, was abandoned and in terrible disrepair; but it was beautifully preserved and expanded (1995-2001) at the cost of about 24 million dollars and currently houses the Provo City Library at Academy Square

Summary of Abraham Owen Smoot Reunions and Other Events

L. Douglas Smoot
It will be included in the book titled: 
ABRAHAM OWEN SMOOT - His life and service in Provo
Other Notes (attendees, quotes)
BYA Founder’s Day
Joseph E. Taylor quote “…the credit for the prosperous condition of this Academy today is largely due to Abraham O. Smoot”
Smoot Family Reunion
Family Photograph; with Diana Eldredge Smoot
Smoot Family Reunion
 From Preface, Abraham Owen Smoot, L.D. Nixon and L. D. Smoot, 1994
BYU Founder’s Day, honoring A.O. Smoot
James E. Talmage (1876 Academy Student) “President Smoot accomplished a work which to one of inferior qualifications or of weaker devotion would have been impossible”
BYU Founder’s Day, honoring A.O. Smoot

John C. Swenson (1886 Academy Student) said “…it became customary for students to march to the home of A.O. Smoot and salute him on his birthday…as a gesture of their appreciation for his leadership and his devotion to the Academy”
October, 1962
Dedication of Abraham O. Smoot Administration Building
BYU Campus
Designer – Henry P. Fetzer
Dedicated by
June 3, 1978
Smoot Family Reunion (printed program)

BYU Campus
Family Photograph, (ELWC East Ballroom, ca. 340), Reunion Meeting, Family Meeting/Family History, Children’s Program, Banquet (12:30pm – 7:30pm)
June 25, 1983
Smoot Family Reunion (printed program)

BYU Campus
ELWC Ballroom, 19 AO Smoot child representatives, 12:30 – 7:30pm; campus tours, family history report, workshop, refreshments, artifacts, A.O., Margaret histories, children’s program, photographs, children descendants reception, banquet, Vivian McKay, genealogist, 450 attendees, two-day reunion
BYU Founder’s Day honoring A.O. Smoot
BYU Campus
Completion of A.O. Smoot book, (Nixon, Smoot); dedication of A.O. Smoot Building Display Case; Family Reunion; Campus Devotional(Margaret Smoot speaker) Parade (with Doug on horse); Loretta Nixon, genealogist – events over homecoming week
Re-dedication of Preserved BY Academy Building – Provo City Library at Academy Square
Academy Building
Seven Year Project, 24 million dollars; Elder Jeffery Holland dedicated; Academy Building Wing named for A.O. Smoot. Book (Miracle at Academy Square, Doug Smoot, 2003) photograph of dedication services (over 400 in attendance)
Dedication of Smoot Hall – BY Academy Building (Replica of Lewis Building, West Center Street in Provo – destroyed by fire 1884)
This is the Place Heritage Park, Emigration Canyon

Stanley/Mary Ellen Smoot provided funds for this restoration project and  sponsored Family reunion dinner at Park following dedication (ca. 200 attendees)
Re-dedication of Smoot Display, Abraham Owen Smoot Administration Building
BYU Campus Smoot Building
Expansion of Display – Use of Nixon/Smoot book, Personal Life, foster-father of Academy. Family paid cost. Photo
Decade anniversary of re-dedication of BY Academy Building in 2001.
Provo City Library at Academy Square
Banquet, speakers. ca 200 attendees
October, 2015
Family Reunion – Bi-centennial Anniversary of Abraham Owen Smoot’s birth, 17 February 1815, Owenton, Kentucky
BYU Campus, with BYU Founder’s Day – honoring A.O. Smoot
BYU Campus devotional, campus/city tours of A.O. Smoot sites, Family meeting, artifacts display, sales, eight article series on A.O. Smoot in the Daily Herald, new book on A.O. Smoot’s life and service in Provo, Family dinner, family meeting, photograph. New: to coordinate invitations and communications.
#11 this is where the A. O. Smoot video was shown during a luncheon given at the Grand America Hotel.  Copies are or were available at This is the Place Heritage Park.