WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
JOHN RAYMOND & GERALDINE RUTH GEORGE VOUGHT
(diplomats, creator of the Babylon House)
BIOGRAPHYJohn Raymond Vought was born July 31, 1927 in Peekskill, New York.
Geraldine Ruth George was born September 4, 1932 in Los Angeles, California.
In 1935, her parents moved to Leeds where she grew up at "The Mormon Hotel" - the home of her grandparents, Brigham Young & Ada Parker McMullin.
John was an official in the U.S. State Department. He met and married Geraldine who was the first female diplomat from southern Utah. They had three children, all sons.
John & Geraldine had planned to return southern Utah and build a retirement home
in the Leeds area where Geraldine had grown up. Unfortunately, Geraldine died before they were able to do so. However, John proceeded with that plan.
Vought bought the old Stormont Mill property and engaged St. George architect, Mary Ann Kozlowski.
John put $250,000 into the building of what he called the "Babylon House". However, after the home caught fire
and burned down to the foundations, he abandoned the project.
Geraldine is buried in Section 9 East, Plot 14 of the Leeds City Cemetery.
REFERENCESFind-A-Grave entry for Geraldine R. G. Vought
Washington County, Utah Tombstore Project entry for Geraldine R. G. Vought