James E. Lindsay, Jr. was born in Ogden,
Utah on 11 March 1921. He was the youngest of three children and the
only son of James E. Lindsay, Sir. and Iretta Elizabeth (Fife). James
had two older sisters, Ruth, who was 8 years older than him and Verna, who
was 23 months older. His family briefly lived in New Orleans, Louisiana
where he started his schooling. By the third grade he was back in Ogden
and graduated from Ogden High in 1939. He then attended Weber College
(on 25 th & Adams) for one year. James transferred to University
of Utah for a degree in Zoology. While at the University of Utah he
was pledged to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, his number was "579."
In the summer of 1941, James Jr. went
to Los Angeles to work. He ended up staying there for the Fall.
On 28 January 1942, he was called on the Houston-Louisiana mission.
He received his endowments on 2 February and left for the field on 4 February,
arriving in Houston, Texas on the seventh. James spent six months in
Houston. The rest of his mission was spent in various places in Louisiana.
While on his mission, his sister, Ruth, received a divorce from her
husband, Colin Edwards, and returned home, with her three sons, to live with
her parents. Verna was married to Sheldon Winkler on 11 October 1942.
James returned from his mission in
the Spring of 1944. A few weeks after his arrival, on 13 April 1944,
he received a call from the Navy Department stating that Verna and her husband,
Sheldon (who was in the Navy), had been run over and killed by a drunken soldier
in Wickford, Rhode Island, where they had just moved. Because of his
sister's death the government granted him a few months before he would be
required to sign up in the army. During that summer he met, dated and
became engaged to Elsa Romane McKell.
Upon finishing his basic training he
was granted a 30 day furlough, during which, he married Elsa on 31 October
1944. After his wedding he was reassigned to Camp Swift, Texas, where
he remained until he was discharged on 20 December 1944. Having served
in the army, James returned to the University of Utah. Shortly after
he transferred to Utah State, where they offered classes that would qualify
him for dentist school. After receiving his Bachelors degree, he went
to University of Southern California in Los Angeles to receive his degree
in dentistry. Elsa had remained in Utah because of her pregnancy.
Their first child was born on 27 October 1946. He was named Steven
but since James Jr.'s mother demanded it be spelled Stephen, they renamed
him, James Edward Lindsay III, within 24 hours of his birth. Elsa and
James III joined James Jr. in Los Angeles two months after James' was born.
Julia Lindsay was born on 15 February
1950, during James' senior year of dentist school. After graduation
he decided to set up practice in Los Angeles. He worked for another
dentist for a couple of years and then worked for himself. He kept
his practice for 25 years, moving a number of times but only within the Los
Angeles area. Patrice Lindsay was born on 26 August 1952, Annette Lindsay
was born on 15 August 1954, Lisa Lindsay was born on 18 August 1957, and Verna
Lindsay was born in 1960. After Verna was born James Jr.'s mother died.
Iretta passed away on 13 December 1960 in New Orleans, while visiting
her brother, Walter. James Sir. had previously had a stroke and needed
care after Iretta's death. He lived with James Jr. and Elsa for awhile
and then went back to Utah to live with Ruth. Ruth put him in a nursing
home, where he later died on 6 December 1964.
James III married Marlene, Julia married
Wayne Belleau, Patrice married Tim Barrett, Annette married Spencer Call,
Lisa married Bruce Newbold, and Verna married Dan Turner. All the children,
except James III, eventually moved back to Utah, as did James Jr. and Elsa,
after they had retired. In his last years James Jr. had a number of
medical problems. He spent most of his time recording his family's
genealogy as well as Elsa's. He also transcribed Elsa's mother, Romania's,
missionary diary and the letters she sent home to her family while on her
mission in New England in the early 20 th century. James Edward Lindsay,
Jr. died on 10 September 2000, at age 79. Elsa survived him.