The B.A.C. and Cedar City


The Glossary Page serves as a reference source for visitors of the site to become acquainted with terminology, persons, places, or events discussed within the website. The topics are organized in alphabetical order.


Dr. Menzies J. Macfarlane 

Dr. Menzies J. Macfarlane

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One of the most important men during the B.A.C.’s first years, Dr. Menzies J. Macfarlane helped Cedar City survive the Influenza Epidemic of 1918. As the only doctor in the city, he worked through sleepless nights to ensure the survival of as many patients as possible. He further contributed to the city as the President of the Commercial Club by organizing Liberty Loans and allocating funds. 1




General Conference

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints (or the Mormon Church), has a bi-annual conference in Salt Lake City in the Spring and Fall. At this conference, the leaders of the Church deliver talks and announce new programs, such as temple sites or changes in Church policy.

Principal Roy Homer

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Roy Homer was selected as the first principal of the B.A.C., and this choice could not have worked out for the better. As an outsider of Cedar City, Homer had to earn the trust of his students and the citizens of the small town. He did so by pursuing an expansive agenda for the school and promoting domestic development of Cedar City’s infrastructure.2 If the students came to the B.A.C. for a college education in southern Utah, they stayed because of Homer’s investment and brilliant management.





Relief Society

An organization under the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Relief Society is an educational and philanthropic organization for female members of the Church. Typically, it provides services such as charities, gospel teachings, home visiting teachings, and welfare. During the Great War, the Relief Society would work with the Red Cross to provide services for the soldiers.3

Student Army Training Corps

In the fall of 1918, the United States War Department established the S.A.T.C. to shift the focus of colleges from academics to military training for the war effort. Embraced across the country, the S.A.T.C. came to be a substitute for traditional college experiences for the remainder of the war. This program helped maintain enrollment at colleges while it also offered an alternative to forced conscription, and formalized the ties between higher-education and the military.4



The Salt Lake City Tabernacles.Fig. 3

A tabernacle of the L.D.S. Church is a multipurpose religious building, typically used as conference centers and provide church services to a regional collection of local wards. The Salt Lake City Tabernacle was where General Conference was held during the Great War and where Cedar City residents became infected with the Spanish Flu of 1918.


1. L.W. Macfarlane, Dr. Mac: The Man, His Land, and His People (Cedar City, UT: Southern Utah State College Press, 1985).

2.  Gerald Sharrat, “A History of the College of Southern Utah: 1897 to 1947,” M.S. diss., (Utah State Agricultural College, Logan, UT, 1954)

3. “Cedar City Ladies Do Red Cross Work,” Iron County (UT) Record, January 11, 1918, (March 14, 2014).

4. Paul Wagdalt, 2011, “Student Army Training Corps,” Dartmouth College, August 22, Accessed May 10, 2014,

Image Citations

Fig. 1. Image Courtesy of Colin Nimer, April 2, 2014.

Fig. 2. Image reproduced with permission from Janet Seegmiller, Principal Roy Homer, Still Image, 1913. Southern Utah University Special Collections, Cedar City, Utah.

Fig. 3. Tabernacle Organ, September 4, 2004, Courtesy of user Bobjgalindo, accessed April 21, 2014,