Leonard J. Arrington, Madelyn Cannon Stewart Silver: Poet, Teacher, Homemaker (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1998), 3–6. Cannon’s half brother Charles Mousley Cannon was the son of Angus Munn Cannon and plural wife Ann Amanda Mousley Cannon. (Ruth Stewart Barth, “Needs: The Biography of Ann Mousley Cannon,” n.d., 44, UU.)
Cannon worked in the office of her brother George Mousley Cannon. (Susa Young Gates, History of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1911], 174–175.)
T. D. Lewis, “Remarks,” in Funeral Services for Ann Mousley Cannon, Salt Lake City, UT, Nov. 9, 1948, 10, in family possession; Barth, “Needs,” 7.
Barth, “Needs,” 14, 44. Cannon’s attentions had a powerful influence on her niece, the poet Madelyn Cannon Stewart Silver. (Arrington, Madelyn Cannon Stewart Silver, 17–18; Madelyn Stewart Silver, “A Story of Vision and Accomplishment … Ann Mousley Cannon,” Improvement Era 53, no. 2 [Feb. 1950]: 135.)
Fourteenth Ward, Salt Lake Stake, Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association Minute Book, vol. 3, 1887–1896, Oct. 25, 1887, 3; Sept. 30, 1888, 32; Jan. 13, 1891, 118; Oct. 13, 1891, 136–137, CHL; Gates, History of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association, 175.
Marba C. Josephson, History of the YWMIA (Salt Lake City: Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association, 1955), 12, 44–45, 53; Barth, “Needs,” ii, 21–27; Silver, “A Story of Vision and Accomplishment,” 107, 134–135.
Cannon served as secretary of the resolutions committee of the National Council of Women in 1902. She presented speeches before the triennial sessions in 1899 and 1902. (Barth, “Needs,” 32–40; Silver, “A Story of Vision and Accomplishment,” 135.)
Barth, “Needs,” ii; Gates, History of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association, 175.
Barth, “Needs,” 20.
Ann M. Cannon, “Recollections,” Young Woman’s Journal 25, no. 10 (Oct. 1914): 621–623, 637; Josephson, History of the YWMIA, 115–118; Barth, “Needs,” 49–50. Susa Young Gates said of Cannon, “Her editorial work gives proof of a logical mind endowed with superior power of analysis. The literary style developed in this connection is one of sweetness and simplicity.” (Gates, History of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association, 175.)
Ann M. Cannon to Madelyn Stewart Silver, 1945, in Barth, “Needs,” 16.
Cannon was known for her “deeply religious character,” as one speaker at her funeral noted. (Lewis, “Remarks,” in Funeral Services for Ann Mousley Cannon, 13.)
Young Women General Board Minutes, vol. 4, 1899–1901, June 2, 1901, 214; June 3, 1901, 253–254, CHL; Sixth General Conference of the Young Men’s and Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Associations, Salt Lake City, UT, Meeting Program, June 1901, CHL. In 1896, the general leaders of the YLMIA began holding annual meetings on Temple Square, known as conjoint conferences, with their counterparts in the Young Men’s MIA to train local officers. These annual general conferences were held around the first of June each year in honor of Brigham Young’s birthday. (Gates, History of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association, 140–142, 221–222.)
“Annual June Conference,” Young Woman’s Journal 12, no. 7 (July 1901): 292; “General M.I.A. Conference,” Young Woman’s Journal 12, no. 8 (Aug. 1901): 362–368.
See “Did You Think to Pray?” Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1985), no. 140. This hymn entered Latter-day Saint hymnody in 1884 in the second edition of the Deseret Sunday School Union Music Book. Cannon shared a room with her niece, Judith Silver Poulsen, as leukemia brought Cannon’s life to a close. Recalling overhearing Cannon’s nightly prayers, Poulsen said, “I never felt she was just ‘saying her prayers.’ Instead, I knew she was talking to a trusted friend.” (Karen Lynn Davidson, Our Latter-day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1988], 166; Judy Silver Poulsen, email to Kate Holbrook, Oct. 15, 2015.)
See Alma 31:31.
In a draft of a letter to a suitor, Cannon wrote, “For near seven years I have been striving to make my will subservient to the Father’s and have prayed every day for guidance. I cannot think my prayer unavailing; I know I will have the light when the right time comes.” (Draft Letter, Oct. 26, 1903, Ann Mousley Cannon Papers, UU; Barth, “Needs,” 11.)