Mattie was born in Rush Valley, a remote settlement near Tooele,
Utah. She did not receive a formal education, but was taught at
home and through her own industry. At the age of fourteen, she
entered Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah, where she
received her teaching certificate. At the age of twenty-one Mattie
and her husband, Emery Barrus, came to Star Valley where they
spent the rest of their lives in Fairview. Together they had six
sons and two daughters.
· School teacher for sixteen years; her students ranged from
ages six to sixteen; she received a salary of $50.00 per
· Was involved in the establishment of the first High School
in 1916, as she could see the need for higher education in
· The first female member of the School Board.
· Red Cross Chairman during World War I.
· Served as L.D.S. Stake Primary President for sixteen years.
· Served on the L.D.S. Stake Relief Society Board.
· Helped set up the first school lunch program.
· Arranged a transportation system called the “High School
Trolley” from Fairview to Afton.