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Lorenzo Guy Henderson

Compiled by Della Annie Henderson Holladay

Lorenzo Henderson was born 16 January 1894 at Lake Bird, Taylor County, Florida, the fifth child of Robert James Henderson and Annie Helena Cox. He commenced his schooling in Lake Bird at the Sylvan Abby School. He left Florida with his parents when ten years of age. They travelled by train to Raymond, Alberta, Canada where he lived until 29 June 1907 when he moved with his parents to a homestead in Purple Springs, Alberta, where he lived and worked on the homestead for thirty-seven years.

Lorenzo was blessed with a brilliant mind. He was an avid reader of good books. He loved to study and became an excellent mathmatian, and through diligent study became a very good scriptorian. While Lorenzo was in Purple Springs he was secretary of the Sunday School, also organist and Sunday School teacher.

It was while he was living in Purple Springs that he received a call to serve a short term mission representing the L.D.S. Church in the North Central States, Billings, Montana Mission. He departed 20 November 1927 and returned 20 March 1929. Serving this short term mission made it possible for him to return in time to put his crop in that spring.

He continued to live at the homestead in Purple Springs until 1944 when he moved to Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. In Lethbridge he was employed by the Galt Hospital. Lorenzo loved good poetry and could quote from memory many poems of well known poets such as Shakespeare, Robert Burns and Edgar A. Guest and others as well. He also composed many poems and delighted in doing so. It was while he was working at the Galt Hospital that he was asked to compose a poem to honor the graduating nurses on their graduation day. His poems were published in the graduation books "Night and Day" for the years 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1958 and possibly others as well.

When the move was made from the Galt Hospital to the new Municipal Hospital in Lethbridge he continued his work at the Municipal Hospital.

Lorenzo never married. He passed away 7 August 1969 in Lethbridge, Alberta and is buried in the Magrath, Alberta Cemetery in the same plot with his brother Oswald Clayton Henderson.

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