Teichert, Minerva Kohlhepp, 1888-1976

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Birth 1888-08-28
Death 1976-05-03

Biographical notes:

Laurie Teichert Eastwood (born 1924) is the only daughter of Minerva and Herman Teichert.

Agnes Laurie Teichert was born in January 1924 to Minerva Bernetta Kohlhepp Teichert and Herman Adolph Teichert, the only daughter out of five children. She attended Brigham Young University, and shortly after, served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Mexico, which ended in 1948. She married Charles Eastwood in 1948, and together they have five children.

Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert (1888-1976) was a Mormon painter and homesteader in Idaho.

Minerva Bernetta Kohlhepp was born August 28, 1888, in Ogden, Utah, to Frederick John Kohlhepp and Mary Ella Hickman. She was the second of ten children. Minerva grew up in Idaho, until she left at the age of fourteen to work as a nursemaid in San Francisco. After this, she graduated from high school and taught school in Idaho to earn money to attend school in the east. By the time Minerva was nineteen, she had saved enough money to attend the Chicago Art Institute. In 1915, Minerva began studying at Art Students' League in New York. Here she took classes from George Bridgman, Dimitri Romanoffski, and Robert Henri, who all recognized her immense amount of talent and encouraged her to pursue art.

In 1917, Minerva returned to Idaho. On September 15, 1917, she married Herman Adolph Teichert, right before he left to fight in World War I. Together, they had five children: Herman, Hamilton, Robert, Laurie, and John. Minerva spent much of her life on a ranch in Cokeville, Wyoming. As she raised her family and ran the ranch, she continued to paint, focusing on the American West and topics relating to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as her principle subjects. She painted the murals in the World Room in the Manti Utah Temple, and painted an entire series on the stories of the Book of Mormon. Teichert died on May 3, 1976, in Provo, Utah.

Herman A. Teichert (1887-1982) was a farmer and rancher in Idaho and Wyoming. He was also the husband of painter Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert.

Herman Adolph Teichert was born in American Falls, Idaho, on August 26, 1887. In 1917, he was drafted to fight in World War I. Prior to his leaving, he married Minerva Bernetta Kohlhepp on September 15, 1917. Together, they had five children, four sons and one daughter. The family lived mostly in Idaho, but spent some time in Wyoming, with Herman making a living as a farmer and rancher. Teichert died November 25, 1982, in Montpelier, Idaho.

From the guide to the Laurie Teichert Eastwood collection on Minerva Kohlhepp and Herman A. Teichert, 1903-2007, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)


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