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HON. MOSES THATCHER
HON. MOSES THATCHER.
Moses Thatcher was born February 2, 1842, in Sangamon county, Illinois, the sixth
of eight children born to Hezekiah and Alley (Kitchen) Thatcher. Among the vivid
memories of his childhood were incidents of the expulsion of the Mormon people, with
whom his parents were identified, from the beautiful city of Nauvoo. He was a very
little boy when his father's family made the long and arduous journey across the plains
and mountains, arriving in Salt Lake City in the fall of 1847 with the second company
of pioneers. In the spring of 1849 the family continued on to California, where his
parents conducted an eating house near Auburn in the mining district. Here he earned
considerable money, for a lad, by running errands and caring for the horses of travelers.
At the age of eleven he began to formulate his plans and seek an education. On
the 29th of December, 1856, at Rio Puta, in Yolo county, California, he was baptized a
member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Elder Henry G. Boyle. He
was ordained an elder on the 23d of March, 1857, and, although but fifteen years of
age, was called on mission from which he gathered experience and knowledge of value
throughout his life.
With the coming of "Johnston's Army" a call was issued by President Brigham
Young directing all saints to assemble in Zion, so Moses Thatcher, in company with
his brothers, John B. and Aaron D., started by team for Utah, arriving on New Year's
Day of 1858. Notwithstanding the exciting and unsettled times, Moses Thatcher found
time to attend school between shifts while serving on the special police force of Salt
Returning from the exodus southward, after the army had been withdrawn, Moses
Thatcher accompanied his father to Cache valley where he assisted in getting out tim-
ber for the construction of the Union Mills. The following year he attended the Uni-
versity of Deseret and was ordained a "Seventy" by President Young.
When Moses Thatcher was married to Miss Lettie Farr in April, 1861, he built the
first frame house in Logan as their home. He was prominently identified with each
step in the development of this beautiful city, materially, morally and educationally,
up to the day of his death.
From the time of his marriage, Moses Thatcher remained in Logan, herding cattle
on the Promontory, helping capture Indian marauders and otherwise taking an active
part in the labors and duties incident to pioneer life in the untamed west, until April,
1866, when he was called to the European mission field, presiding over the Cheltenham
and Birmingham conferences during the ensuing two years.
Upon his release Mr. Thatcher returned to Logan, where he organized the firm of
Thatcher & Son for the conduct of a mercantile business later merged with the business
of W. H. Shearman, becoming the Logan Cooperative Store, with Moses Thatcher as
manager. In the conduct of his mercantile interests his keen discernment and executive
ability built up an extensive trade for the house. In August, 1870, he became an active
factor in railway circles, being chosen director and secretary of the Utah Northern
Railway Company, organized at that time. Subsequently he was made general super-
intendent of the road.
Later, he was connected with his brother, George W. Thatcher, in Thatcher Brothers'
Bank, one of the strong financial institutions of the state. He was president of this
bank at the time of his death, besides being a vice president or director of other bank-
ing concerns in Utah.
Mr. Thatcher's business interests were varied, extensive and important. He be-
came the owner of a fifty thousand acre ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico, where he engaged
in the raising of fine cattle. He was also a director of the Utah-Mexican Plantation
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Company, and was generally regarded an authority on Mexican matters. He was presi-
dent of the Farmers Utah Loan Association, and president and general manager of the
Thatcher Milling & Elevator Company and other strong corporations which constituted
a valuable element in the business development of northern Utah and southern Idaho.
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, secular interests and church
work are closely interwoven. While directing important business affairs Mr. Thatcher
continued an active worker in the church, being superintendent of the Cache valley
Sunday schools until April, 1877. He was a member of the territorial legislature, repre-
senting Cache and Rich counties, and as a member of the constitutional convention in
1872 took a leading part in the proceedings of that body. When the Cache valley stake
was organized, May 21, 1877, Moses Thatcher was chosen president and continued to
fill that position until April 9, 1879, when he was ordained an apostle by President
John Taylor to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Orson Hyde.
When colonization in Mexico was under consideration, Moses Thatcher was sent
to that country on a mission, his associates being Elders James Z. Stewart and Milton
G. Trejo. The following year he went to the City of Mexico on his second mission,
returning in 1881. At the October conference in 1882 he was chosen, together with
Erastus Snow, to explore in Mexico for the purpose of finding a suitable place for set-
tlement. Returning in February, 1883, he made his report, and, in the following July,
left on a mission to the northern Indians, his work in that connection causing him to
travel twelve hundred and fifty miles. In December of the same year he was called to
assist Delegate John T. Caine at Washington, D. C., where he labored until April, 1884,
when he rejoined his family in Logan.
But he was not permitted to long enjoy the comforts of home life or the oppor-
tunities incident to that period of business development. In October of the same year
he was sent on a most successful mission to the Shoshone Indians, who were discon-
tented and showing signs of becoming actively hostile. In January, 1885, Mr. Thatcher
again went to Mexico, in company with President John Taylor, and explored the Mag-
dalena river in Sonora. Later, he was made chairman of an exploring and purchasing
committee, and while acting in that position made several trips to Mexico before the
plan of purchasing seventy-five thousand acres of land was consummated. Altogether,
he visited Mexico twenty-three times.
Mr. Thatcher acted as assistant to President Wilford Woodruff in the presidency
of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association for several years, and his writ-
ings in the Contributor were among the clearest and most effective of that day. Dur-
ing the seventeen years of his apostolic service he traveled on an average of eighteen
thousand miles annually in the interest of his church and people. Notwithstanding
his tireless activity in this direction he found time to aid public progress along other
lines and to develop business interests necessary for the maintenance of his family,
and the dispensation of many charities.
In politics Moses Thatcher was a stalwart democrat, elected as such to the con-
stitutional convention of 1895, which framed the fundamental law of the state. Once
he was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States senate, but later declined the
position when it was offered him by a majority of the Utah legislature.
Mr. Thatcher was ever devoted to his family, which numbered fourteen children.
These were Mrs. Ida T. Langton, who died in 1907, Mrs. Emma Jepperson, Moses, Jr.,
George F., deceased, Lee, Preston A., and Vida (children of Mrs. Lettie Farr Thatcher) ;
Clarice, Karma, Floyd, and Clayton I., (children of Lydia Ann Clayton Thatcher) ; and
Ashby, Elton and Arthur, (children of Georgia Snow Thatcher).
The death of Moses Thatcher occurred on the 21st of August, 1909. His funeral
services were held in the Logan tabernacle on the afternoon of August 26th, when all
business in Logan was suspended in honor of the man who had played so important
a part in the establishment of its excellent material, intellectual, political and moral
Special trains from Salt Lake City brought men eminent in the councils of the
church and the funeral services were attended by many thousands, hundreds being
unable to gain admission to the tabernacle. Men bore testimony to his "faculty of
making and keeping friends," to his "winning personality" and to his "gift of
oratory," which made him a power in the championship of any cause which he espoused.
Perhaps no clearer Idea of his character and ability can be given than is found in
resolutions passed and tributes paid at the time of his passing. His high standing in
banking circles is indicated by the following:
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"Whereas, the hand of death has removed from our midst HONORABLE MOSES
THATCHER, whose demise occurred in Logan City, Utah, August 21, 1909.
"Whereas, Mr. Thatcher had been vice president and director of the Deseret Na-
tional Bank from September 6, 1888, and vice president and director of the Deseret
Savings Bank since its organization, June 18, 1889, until the time of his death. There-
fore, be it Resolved that the board of directors of these two institutions unite in ex-
pressing the sense of loss they have sustained in the passing of their friend and asso-
ciate; that they recall the many years of pleasant relationship which existed between
Mr. Thatcher and themselves, only interrupted by the delicate condition of his health,
which of late had deprived them of his genial companionship and his wise counsel;
that they fully appreciate his long and able services and unite in tendering their sincere
sympathy to his family in the great loss which they have sustained."
From the pen of the veteran journalist, Judge C. C. Goodwin, came the following
tribute on the 28th of August, 1909:
"It is most difficult to give a clear idea of what Moses Thatcher was in life, in a
few lines in a newspaper. He was a most winsome man personally, a natural orator,
a subtle thinker, a natural leader of men. He failed in his ambition when it was not
right that he should fail, and we are convinced that he became a candidate for senator
in the lirm belief that his church was out of politics, that its leaders would not inter-
fere and that permission given to republican apostles would not be withheld from
demdcratic apostles entering the arena."
Moses Thatcher was a remarkable man in many respects. With the manners of
a Chesterfield and the winsome smile of a refined woman, he combined the courage
and relentless will of a Jackson. All who knew admired him for his gentle ways, his
soothing voice, his sympathetic heart, his great and glowing soul. But his unconquer-
able determination to pursue the right course as he understood it, led him into many
a bitter controversy which he maintained to the end regardless of consequences to
As an exponent of the gospel of the church to which he belonged, he had few
equals. Eloquent, persuasive, magnetic, and sincere, he charmed his audiences at home
or abroad, and his work in the missionary field made a place for him in the hearts of
his people, which nothing but his memory will ever fill.
He loved the mountains of his home state and spent the summers in his canyon
camp. With the vision of an artist he enjoyed the beauties of nature and with the
language of a poet he spoke his appreciation of their charms. Few men have com-
bined with such nice proportion the qualities of the dreamer and the fighter, the artist
and the banker, the philosopher and the man of affairs. For Moses Thatcher was all
of these, and a gentleman to the core.
PETER O. HANSEN.
Peter O. Hansen, dealer in monuments at Logan, was born in Salt Lake City,
March 3, 1860. His father, H. F. Hansen, was born in Denmark and came to the United
States 'in 1852. He crossed the continent to Utah, settling at Salt Lake, where he en-
gaged in the business of stonecutting and also followed the occupation of farming for
a time. He was very active in church work, serving on a mission to Denmark and
otherwise advancing the faith in which he believed. He likewise participated., in the
Indian wars as a soldier of the United States government and received a pension in
recognition of his service. He died in Hyrum, Utah, in 1910, honored and respected
by all who knew him. The mother, who bore the maiden name of Maria Rasmussen,
was also born in Denmark and their marriage was celebrated in Salt Lake City, Her
death occurred in the year 1909.
Peter O. Hansen attended the schools of Hyrum and spent his youthful days upon
the home farm, early becoming familiar with all the experiences and the duties and
labors that fall to the lot of the farm-bred boy. When he left home he turned his atten-
tion to railroading, spending one season in the employ of the Oregon Short Line. He
afterward worked at his trade of stonecutting and engraving on stone, following that
pursuit at Hyrum until 1890, when he removed to Logan and established business on
his own account at No. 270 North Main street. He was for many years engaged in tak-
ing contracts for building stone for construction purposes but now concentrates hia
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energies upon fine monuments. He displays artistic skill in this as well as expert work-
manship in carving and has built up a business of large proportions.
On the llth of March, 1885, Mr. Hansen was married to Miss Sarah Jensen, who has
passed away. They became the parents of three children, two of whom are deceased,
the surviving son being Orrin P., who served with the United States Army in France,
having responded to the call of the colors after America entered the war. For his sec-
ond wife Mr. Hansen chose Udeta Rose, of Hyrum, and her death occurred on the 19th
of July, 1895. She is survived by three children, Valare, Elva and Monta.
Mr. Hansen has been very active and helpful in the work of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints and throughout the greater part of his life has served as
choir lea'der, possessing a fine tenor voice and a love of music which makes him particu-
larly fitted for choir leadership. In business he has ever been a most industrious and
energetic man and the success which he has achieved is indeed well merited. His high
character is reflected in his countenance and his cheerful manner and kindly disposi-
tion have won for him many stanch friends through the period of his residence in
WALTER FITCH, SR.
Walter Fitch, Sr., is a prominent figure in the mining circles of Utah. He makes
his home at Eureka, where he supervises the mining interests which he and his sons
projected some twelve years since. He was born in London, England, January 20,
1854, a son of Alfred Fitch, a descendant of the old Fitch family of Essex and Norfolk
counties, England. The son Walter was seventh in order of birth in a family of nine
children. He came to the United States in 1874, going to the mining region of Upper
Michigan, where he engaged in mining work, ultimately having charge of and becom-
ing the manager of a number of mines there and in Minnesota, representing prominent
Boston and Pittsburgh interests. After twenty odd years service with these he was
superintendent of the underground operations of the Calumet and Hecla and afterward
was general manager of the United States Mining & Smelting Company of Utah, giv-
ing up these to take up like work for himself.
It was in Michigan that Mr. Fitch was married to Miss Exilda Marcotte, a native
of the state of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Fitch's three sons and two daughters were all
born in Michigan. After living there for thirty years Mr. Fitch and his family moved
to Utah, where he and his sons have, for the last twelve years, been engaged in building
up the business of their company the Chief Consolidated Mining Company. The
scene of their operations is in the Tintic mining district and it was here they made
their search for and found the mines which now rank as the largest in the district
and as silver producers are among the largest in the country. After living in Salt
Lake City for two years the family, in 1909, decided to live at the mines, and to this
action Mr. Fitch believes large credit is to be given for the successful results gained.
The eldest of the sons, Howard Fitch is engaged in the geological department of
the work. He served during the World war with the One Hundred Fifteenth En-
gineers of the Sixth Army Corps, and was with the troops for eleven months in France.
Cecil Fitch and Walter Fitch, Jr., both graduates of the Michigan College of Mines,
were the active factors in the development and opening up of the mines of the Chief
Consolidated, Cecil has been twelve years at the work and is now the general manager,
while Walter, Jr., af,ter devoting seven years to this, took up mining work on his own
account and now has a very successful business as a contractor of mining, operating
in several states. The eldest daughter, Lillian, became the wife of J. Fred. Johnson,
who holds the position of superintendent of the Chief Consolidated Company. He served
with the One Hundred Sixteenth Engineers of the Forty-first Division in France.
Maud, the second daughter, is well known to the people of the state and in her own
town for her activities and her benevolent and enterprising characteristics. She served
in the World war with the Enelish, Hackett-Lowther Ambulance Unit, which operated
with the Third French Army in the Compiegne and Saint Quentin campaigns. She
received the decoration of the Croix de Guerre
The Fitch family are communicants of the Catholic Church and are its strongest
supporters in their own village. Mr. Fitch and his sons are members of the American
Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers and of its local chapter, and also of
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the Alta and University Clubs. Mr. Fitch is a member of the Commercial Club of Salt
Lake City and of the Rocky Mountain Club of New York, the Mining and Metallurgical
Society of America, of the Houghton Club of Michigan, one of the vice governors of the
chapter of the American Mining Congress and one of the regents of the University
of Utah. He is president of his own company the Chief Consolidated. He became
a citizen of this country in 1876 and has always been a republican in politics.
LORENZO CHARLES McALISTER.
Lorenzo Charles McAlister was for many years a well known citizen of Logan and
his death, which occurred November 23, 1914, occasioned deep regret among his fellow
townsmen. He was born in Logan, March 3, 1874, a son of John A. and Clarissa C.
(Snow) McAlister. The mother was born August 19, 1854, amd was a daughter of the
distinguished Lorenzo Snow. The father was born in England, August 22, 1851, and
came to Utah when a small boy with his parents, the family home being established
in Logan, where the father engaged in the harness making business, al pursuit to which
John A. McAlister also turned his attention.
Lorenzo C. McAlister acquired his education in the public schools of his native city
aind in the Brigham Young College and the Agricultural College. He afterward took
up the occupation of farming, which he followed for a time, and in 1900 he entered the
postoffice as a clerk. He rose from that position to assistant postmaster and later re-
ceived appointment through civil service examination to the position of civil service
examiner on the 7th of August, 1908. He remained in the office to the time of his death
and made a most excellent official by the prompt and faithful manner in which he dis-
charged his duties.
It wate on the 30th of March, 1894, that Mr. McAlister was united in marriage to
Miss Sarah A. Zollinger. a daughter of Ferdinand and Louisa (Myer) Zollinger, who
were natives of Switzerland. Coming to the new world as converts to the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they crossed the plains in. 1862 and established their
home in Providence, Utah. To Mr. and Mrs. McAlister were born eight children, all of
whom are yet living: Irvine L. ; Venice, who married William Lindsay of Logan;
Louise, who married C. Durrell Hendricks, of Lewiston, Utah; Grace; Sara; Dorothy;
Dean F.; and Clarissa.
Mr. McAlister was always a devout churchman and was a member of the Seventy.
He possessed many sterling traits of manhood and of citizenship and all who knew him
spoke of him in terms of warm regard, while deep regret was felt at his death.
GUY BRANDER LEWIS.
An outstanding figure in financial circles in southern Utah is Guy Brander Lewis,
cashier of the Richfield Commercial & Savings Bank at Richfield, Sevier county. He
was born at Alden, Iowa, in 1869, a son of Alden P. and Margaret (Brander) Lewis.
The father was a veteran of the Civil war and became a well known merchant of Alden,
but soon after the birth of his son Guy he removed with his family to Kansas, where
the boy was educated in the schools of Clyde. Upon attaining his majority he became
a resident of Richfield and associated himself with J. M. Bolitho in the general mer-
chandise business, which was later taken over by the firm of Lewis & Meteer. In 1899
G. B. Lewis assisted in the organization of the Richfield Commercial & Savings Bank,
of which he was elected cashier. With a capital of only twenty-five thousand dollars
the bank opened its doors and though barely two decades have since passed it fs today
the foremost banking institution in southern Utah with available assets of one million,
two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. The bank occupies its own building, a three-
story brick structure, and the name of its efficient cashier is known throughout the
state, for he is recognized as a potent factor in the growth and advancement of southern
During the thirty years that Mr. Lewis has lived in this state he has made himself
useful as a citizen in many ways. His fellow townsmen have never called upon him
for any service without a prompt response. He has many times been a member of the
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city council and also its mayor, exercising his official prerogatives in both connections
in support of many plans and projects valuable to the community at large. It is his
belief that a good citizen should respond to every worthy call made upon him, and unlike
many bankers, he is of the opinion that a bank should not be a mere note shaving insti-
tution but should at all times be ready to help the business interests of the community to
the fullest extent. When the Liberty loans were called for by the government Mr. Lewis
was the natural choice for the position of county chairman and the result was that
Sevier county went over the top in every loan. As executive of the County Council of
Defense he did more work than was really demanded of the office and put forth every
possible effort to promote the welfare of the country and advance the interests of the
allied armies in the fields.
Mr. Lewis married Miss Annabelle Clark, a daughter of W. H. Clark, who was one
of the sterling citizens of Richfield and for many years an efficient public servant, having
filled the offices of county assessor, sheriff and various other positions for many terms.
In church affairs, too, he was very active and for many years was a member of the
presidency of the Sevier stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have been born three children: Mabel M., who was a student of
the University of Utah and the University of California at Berkeley; Lottie L ., the wife
of Norman Andreason, of Richfield; and Keith Clark, who is now upon the high seas
in the United States navy, in which branch of the service he volunteered at the be-
ginning of the war against Germany.
Mr. Lewis is a prominent Mason, belonging to Hyrum Lodge, No. 12, A. F. & A. M.,
of Richfield and has been treasurer of the lodge for many years. He is also an Odd
Fellow, becoming one of the charter members of Richfield Lodge, No. 29, I. 0. O. F., in
which he has filled all of the chairs, while for more than fifteen years he has been
treasurer of the lodge. He has been its representative to the Grand Lodge, has served
as grand marshal and treasurer of the Grand Lodge. He is a man of optimistic nature,
of friendly disposition a.nd social qualities and it is his belief that a smile begets a smile