Pt 41-I:
Ross Wesley LeBaron Sr
and “More on” LeBaron Madness

Ross Wesley LeBaron Sr dancing with one of his many lovely daughters (Courtesy of Mary Bonnelle Taylor)

In this blog, I continue with Tumblr-borrowed newsfeeds (See Tumblr for more such; and photos that didn’t copy to these following newsfeeds):

The outcome of Thelma Elena Cox LeBaron’s Ad: 


“Reno, Nev., April 25.–(IP)–The Illinois artist who flew west to propose to a Salt Lake City divorcee with eight children–only to be turned down–has moved to greener pastures here.

“I still want to find a divorcee-but one with just a couple of children,” says Cedric Younger Von Volleston. Von Volleston flew to Salt Lake City after Mrs. Elena LeBaron announced she wanted another husband to help her eight children out of a financial hole.

“She said she would like to have an artist, but Von Volleston’s suit didn’t click. ‘Sine turned him down flat less than 24 hours after he arrived and today announced she would remarry her former husband Ross W. LeBaron. 

The article fails to mention that Robert Shrewsbury was also a fundamentalist and that Thelma knew him from the 1944 trials (see here).

“Robert had previously married Margaret Estelle Maslin in 1934. They were divorced at this point. One newspaper article mentions that he had four children, but I don’t know whether that was with Margaret or other women as well.

“Robert’s and Margaret’s son Benjamin Maslin Shrewsbury died as a baby. Margaret remarried to Amasa Lyman in 1966 three months after his previous wife died.   

Thelma Cox LeBaron and her children were next in the newspapers fore more unsupervised children injuring each other (SO plyg!) in December 1949: 

Granger Girl, 10, Knifed at Play GRANGER, Dec. 12, 1949 – A game of darts played with a hunting knife Monday night resulted in a hand injury for May Blossom LeBaron, 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. LeBaron, about 2150 S. 2700 West.

“According to Salt Lake county deputy sheriffs, the girl suffered the wound accidentally while playing with brothers and sister in the family home. She was treated at Salt Lake general hospital and released. 

“In the early 1950s, Thelma Cox remarried to Larry Keegan. They had a daughter, Larrilee Keegan. 

Meanwhile, Ross LeBaron Sr had two other wives, Betty ____ (he had one son with Betty _____) and then LaVella Cowley Robison (1925-1999). Ross Sr married LaVella in 1952. Ross and LaVella Robison had ten children together, including Lila LeBaron Morehead. LaVella left Ross and remarried to Elmer Leroy Spencer in 1977.   

Ross Wesley LeBaron Sr on KZZI Circa 1988

(Courtesy of Kris Wray)

Continued January 2, 2020, “Pt 41-J: Ross Wesley LeBaron Sr and “More on” LeBaron Madness”

2 thoughts on “Pt 41-I: Ross Wesley LeBaron Sr and “More on” LeBaron Madness

  1. Such BS in so many ways. Hard to listen to this preaching insanity that’s so familiar. Couldn’t finish it. Too up-setting. At the very least, he sounds different than the monotone, kissy sweet, slow-talking, CONCEDED priesthood ____s.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I certainly know what you mean, dear Kristyn. I appreciate your feedback and your taking time to check out my blog.

      I’m grateful to historian Kris Wray for bravely sharing with me my Uncle Ross’s Radio show. I made myself listen to it in order to better understand the whole scenario of my Mexico Le Baron family and Mormon fundamentalists!


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