Cunningham Collection

1918 News Advocate

The following index was compiled by Frances Cunningham. It is an extract of deaths (and some marriages) that are listed in the 1918 News Advocate. If you find a relative mentioned in this list you should visit the University of Utah Marriott Library online newspaper collections and look for the article. In many cases but not in all cases there is more information in the article. Please do not assume this is a complete list of all the death contained in the newspaper for 1918. It is possible that some have been overlooked. If your relative died in Carbon County in 1918 visit the newspaper archives and search for yourself. Special thanks is given to Frances Cunningham for making this information available to the Carbon County UTGenweb web page.

1. News reached the home of R.W. Crawford Monday that his son Edward J. Crawford had died in France. C.P. Crawford is an older brother in SLC. The deceased was an expert telegraph operator. Chloroform Anesthesia was given as the cause of death. He lived in SLC. (Jan 3, 1918 pg 8 Thursday)

2. Mrs. Mary Ann Taylor, mother of Mrs. C.S. Price of Price died in SLC. (Jan 1918 pg 8)

3. Palmier, Mrs. Enfemia, wife of P. Palmier died last Friday night at the hospital of Dr. Rose following an operation. She was a sister to Camilio Palmier Price. Born in Italy 38 years ago. Funeral held Sunday. (Jan 1918 pg 8)

4. Howard William J. died New Years day in Kenilworth of brights disease. He was born in England nearly 57 years ago. Came to America 14 years ago. He has lived at Castle Gate, Sunnyside and Kenilworth. He leaves a wife and two sons, Hamlet and William Jr. and three daughters Olive Griffiths, Bessie Mills and Sarah H. Mutz all of Kenilworth. Buried Friday in Price. A miner all his life. (Jan 10, 1918 pg 3)

5. Art Burch, killed in a cave in at Helper. He was helping to build a bridge across Price River just back of the Tom Fitch residence. Wagon loads of dirt and boulders caved in on him. His oldest son was there and helped dig him out. Art Burch came to Price with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Joe Burch 35 years ago. He was 14 years old. He leaves a wife and several children. (Jan 17, 1918 pg 1)

Arthur W. Birch killed in a cave in at Helper last Thursday. (Jan 24, 1918 pg 1)

6. Wayne Loveless, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hite Loveless died of pneumonia at Camp Dodge, Iowa Tuesday evening. Remains are being shipped home for burial Huntington. ( Jan 24, 1918 pg 1)

7. LaPriel Norton, 9 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Norton, wellington, died on Thursday and was buried on Saturday, cause -pneumonia. Buried Wellington.

Mrs. Frank Palmer died Saturday of pneumonia. Buried Monday. She leaves a husband, a three week old baby and six other children. Burial Wellington. (24 Jan 1918 pg 1 Thursday)

8. Nancy Larson died in Cleveland. Funeral Sunday. Sister of Mrs. J.T. Johnson. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erick Larson, pneumonia. Invalid long time. (24 Jan 1918 pg 3)

9. Frank Tabrisky, 26, an Austrian, committed suicide Monday evening at the Rio Grande Hotel in Helper. He shot himself thru the right temple. Buried Price. (31 Jan 1918 pg 1)

10. Mrs. A. Z. Marshall of Wellington died early this morning of dropsy of the liver. She leaves a husband and six children. Funeral to be held in wellington. (31 Jan 1918 pg 4)

11. Andrew Stevenson died Thursday of consumption at Sunnyside. He came here from the reservation two weeks ago to have Dr. Dowd treat him. He leaves a wife and five small children. Taken back to the reservation for burial. (31 Jan 1918 pg 8)

12. Milton E. Price died at his home in Eureka Wednesday of last week. Buried Monday SLC. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Price and was born in Utah in 1864. He leaves a widow and several children, four brothers and two sisters. (7 Feb 1918 pg 1)

13. Mrs. Nellie Esquibel wife of Nick Esquibel died Saturday Feb. 2, 1918 of pneumonia, in Price, Utah. Born 24 Feb 1858, New Orleans, La. Funeral Tuesday. Survived by one son, four grandchildren and husband. (7 Feb 1918 pg 8)

14. Mrs. Ella B. Jerome, Spring Glen, died in a SLC hospital Sunday evening. Funeral in Helper Tuesday. Burial Indian. (21 Feb 1918 pg 5)

15. Wilson, infant of Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson died last Sunday. Taken to Price Monday. (21 Feb 1918 pg 5)

16. Mrs. Mamie Peyton Price died in Gypsum Colorado. Wife of Byron D. Price formerly of Helper. Funeral Wednesday (21 Feb 1918 pg 4)

17. Virginus Bonvican Sunnyside, died Tuesday. (28 Feb 1918 pg 5)

18. Randall Anderson, 19, son of Mrs. Sam Jewkes of Storrs was buried at Castle Dale last week. Death resulting from affection of the heart. (7 Mar 1918 pg 3)

19. Leo Spensko died Thursday. She leaves several children. (7 Mar 1918 pg 5)

20. Harry Rose was killed in the Winter Quarters mine Feb. 23, 1918. He was changing a switch point and two loaded cars ran over him. He came to this country May 1906. Came to Winter Quarters in April 1912. He leaves a wife and seven children. A double funeral was held for him and Eliza Hainsworth. (6 Mar 1918 pg 6)

21. Eliza Hainsworth who died at the Holy Cross hospital Salt Lake City. Survived by husband Alfred Hainsworth. Parents Mr. and Mrs. Harry Quilter, two small children, one a week old. (6 Mar 1918 pg 6)

22. Mrs. Hazel Hoagland Crane, wife of R.W. Crane of Scofield was buried in Salt Lake Tuesday. Her death occurred in Scofield. (21 Mar 1918 pg 4)

23. Mrs. Pete Turner died Monday in Sunnyside. She leaves a husband and two children. (21 Mar 1918 pg 5)

24. Mrs. W. G. Matthew Nee Janet Mitchell daughter of George Mitchell and ______ mother of J.D. Matthew formerly of Price died in Gananogue Canada. She was born in Kingston. Buried Tuesday 26 March 1918 in Gananogue. (28 Mar 1918 pg 2)

25. Piasur, Joe died. (28 Mar 1918 pg 4, Kenilworth)

26. A German - killed himself in the coffee House last Friday (written Mar 2, 1918) at Hiawatha.

27. Piacerre, Joe died Thursday. Cause-going out with his overcoat - Hiawatha. (4 Apr 1918 pg 5)

28. Pelz, William (German) 34, shot himself thru the head at the Hiawatha Coffee House Friday night. No relatives could be found. The county buried him. Don't say where. (4 Apr 1918 pg 7)

29. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Stevenson went to Salt Lake City, Mr. Stevenson's sister is to have a leg amputated. The girl has been a cripple for the greater part of her life. It is to be hoped that the operation will be successful and that she will enjoy life after she recovers. (18 Apr 1918 pg 5)

30. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Stevenson returned Tuesday after spending a few weeks at Salt Lake. (18 Apr 1918 pg 5)

31. Veltri, baby girl, two years old drowned Friday in the tap box in front of the Veltri home. Parents Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Veltri. (18 Apr 1918 pg 5)

32. Austin Wilbert Jr. five year old son of Mr and Mrs. Wilbert Austin died on the train near Helper Sunday afternoon as he was being taken to Salt Lake for an operation for congestion of the bowels. Funeral services were conducted yesterday by Bishop Albert Bryner. (25 Apr 1918 pg 8)

33. Turner, John F., 59, of Wellington died Sunday and was buried yesterday at Wellington. He came to Wellington from Tennessee in 1907. Leaves a wife and seven children. (28 Apr 1918 pg 8)

34. Ruff, Mrs. Joseph died at Winter Quarters Tuesday after a short illness. She leaves a husband and some small children. Funeral in charge of Bishop Parmley. (1 May 1918 pg 8)

35. Campbell, Alexander S. superintendent of the Milburn Mine was killed Wednesday while doing blasting work between the mine and Kenilworth. Mr. Campbell came to Price last fall. He was a native of Salt Lake. He leaves a wife and six children. (2 May 1918 pg 1)

36. Smith, Mike died Monday of pneumonia at Sunnyside. Funeral Tuesday. Taken to Richfield for burial Wednesday. (2 May 1918 pg 5)

37. Empey, Cora Lee died Saturday at Price of Pleura-pneumonia after an attack of measles. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed C. Lee born Feb. 1, 1895. Spent childhood in Nine Mile, md Claude Empey 1915. Buried yesterday in Price cemetery. (9 May 1918 Thursday)

38. Spafford, Tessie Harmon daughter of Levi N. Harmon died at her home in Provo Monday. Formerly lived in Price. (9 May 1918 pg 3)

40. Jones, Mary Reese died May 13 in California. Wife of Alex Jones, daughter of Lewis Reese, Castle Gate. To be brought home for burial. (16 May 1918 pg 5)

41. Ida Ruff died a few days ago of pneumonia. (18 May 1918 pg 5)

42. Kizerian, Ephraim, was killed Sunday morning. Killed when the team he was driving ran into an electric light pole. He was crushed instantly. Buried Thursday. (23 May 1918 pg 1)

43. Jorgensen, twin girls born last Thursday, died Monday, buried price. Father George Jorgensen. (23 May 1918 pg 3)

44. George Henry Kelson of Ephraim and Miss Hazel Rasmussen of Price were married in Sunnyside Monday by Justice W. J. Emigholtz. The bride is a sister of Mrs. George Collingham and has made many friends during her residence here. She formerly resided in Sunnyside and it was there she met the groom while he was employed by the fuel company. They will make their home in Ephraim. (20 Jun 1918 pg 4)

45. Guidici, Ernesto, an Italian about 35 years of age died at Hiawatha Sunday and the body was brought to Price by Undertaker Tingley. Funeral services were held in Helper Tuesday. (20 Jun 1918 pg 4)

46. Ves, Jim a Greek Sheep owner was struck by lightning Sunday and instantly killed. The body was brought to Price by Stylian Staes and Morg King and funeral services were held here. (20 June 1918 pg 5)

47. Jensen, Mrs. Hans of Lawrence died at the Carbon Hospital a few days ago. The body was returned home for burial. She was the daughter of Ole Tuft who died in this city two weeks ago. (4 Jul 1918 pg 4)

48. Clark, Era a colored girl of Sunnyside disappeared Wednesday of last week. Her body was found in the canal on the Whitmore Ranch Friday. The verdict was that she met death from causes unknown but most think it was suicide. (4 Jul 1918 pg 5)

49. Kirk, Glen son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kirk died Monday of tuberculosis of the bone. Funeral services in the Methodist Church today (Thursday). (18 Jul 1918 pg 8)

50. Henry, Ted died in Denver. Brother of Joe Henry of Paonia. (25 Jul 1918 pg 3)

51. Mutz, infant son of Joseph Mutz died in Kenilworth. (25 Jul 1918 pg 3)

52. Seely, William funeral July 24, 1918. (25 Jul 1918 pg 4)

53. Seely, William J. died Sunday, 44 years old, born 3 Jun 1875 in Mt. Pleasant. Son of Justus Wellington and Eliza Reynolds. Wife: Lucy M. Barton. Admitted to the bar June 14, 1914. Twice a member of the Utah legislature-Recorder od Emery County, member Castle Dale School board. Sheepman. (25 Jul 1918 pg 6)

54. Sapp, Claude eleven year old son of S.L. Sapp (Panther mine) was killed last Friday when a boulder weighing nearly six tons crashed down the mountainside crushing his skull. He was sitting on a rock back of his home talking to a brother when the boulder came down. The family had been quarantined three weeks with small pox. Undertaker of Tingley of Price came to take care of the body. (1 Aug 1918)

55. Thomas, Guy died July 25, 1918 in a hospital in France. Born near Iola Kansas 1895, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Thomas. Came to Price 1896. First Carbon County soldier to be killed in this war.

56. Bergera, Lucy, Helper died at the home of a son Dominic Bergera at the age of 71 years. Born in Italy. Lived in Helper many years. Funeral in Helper Sunday. (8 Aug 1918, page 4)

57. Lee Rasmussen and Mattie Richards will be married Wednesday August 14 in the Salt Lake Temple. Both from Sunnyside. (8 Aug 1918 pg 5)

58. Newren, John died. Word received in Winter Quarters Friday. He is formerly of Winter Quarters. (8 Aug 1918 pg 6.)

59. Kaiser's Bill's fate. A poem. (8 Aug 1918 pg 6)

60. Bjarnson, baby girl died today (Thursday August 15, 1918) about four o'clock after severe suffering for six weeks from intestinal troubles. The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved parents. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bjarnson. (15 Aug 1918 pg 5)

61. Cortez, Jean killed at Sunnyside last fall. (29 Aug 1918 pg 3)

62. Dalpiaz, Emma, 9 year old daughter of Deputy Sheriff and Mrs. Carlo Dalpiaz died in a Salt Lake hospital Tuesday, following an operation for appendicits. The body was brought back to Helper. (5 Sep 1918 pg 8.)

63. Davidson, Peter was killed Monday when he fell from a wagon load of crushed rock and the wheels passed over him. Relatives in Tennessee were contacted and they asked that the body be interred here. (19 Sep 1918 pg 1)

64. Warren, Sarah J. died Sunday at age 78. Widow of William J. Warren who met his death several years ago when he fell from a cliff in Nine Mile. She was born in Hancock Co., Illinois. Came to Utah with pioneers 1882. Buried Monday in Price. (19 Sep 1918 pg 1)

65. Rakos, Frank, shot to death in mock hold up at Utah Mine last Friday. (19 Sep 1918 pg 1)

66. Anderson, Edward C. from Kenilworth, killed in France August 10, 1918. Father C.M. Anderson. Sister Nellie and brother Virgil. (26 Sep 1918 pg 1)

67. Roberts, John W. killed in France in July 1918. Father, James Roberts, Wellington. (26 Sep 1918 pg 1)

68. Warnen, Mrs mother of Mrs. Hoy died last week and was buried at Price. (26 Sep 1918 pg 4)

69. Pessetto, baby boy died last week at Cameron and was buried at Helper. (26 Sep 1918 pg 4)

70. Mulvey, Martin III son of Lt. And Mrs. Martin Mulvey died suddenly. (3 Oct 1918 pg 4)

71. Good, A.B. traveling man who died in Price of Spanish Flu last week. (10 Oct 1918 pg 4)

72. Androulakis, Mike baker at the greek bakery died Sunday of Spanish Influenza. (10 Oct 1918 pg 1)

73. Cox, Lucille daughter of Edward Cox died Tuesday from effects of Appendicitis. Nine years old. Buried Friday 27th at Castle Gate cemetery. (10 Oct 1918 pg 3)

74. Red Parry won a gold metal. He found a German trench and drove all the Germans out himself. (10 Oct 1918 pg 5)

75. Witthause, J.W. 39, died in SLC Tuesday from Spanish Influenza. He was born in Nebraska. Came to Carbon County July 1917. June 30 he married Mrs. Esther Powell. Services will be held in Price. (17 Oct 1918 pg 8)

76. William, Nora Horsley daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Horsley, wife of Sam Williams died of influenza in California. She was born July 1894 in Price. Married Sam Williams June 1912. Two children and husband survive. The was brought to Price for burial. (24 Oct 1918 pg 1)

77. Stevenson, George West killed in France Sept 15, 1918. He was born Dec. 5, 1897 Denver, Colorado. Came to Carbon County at the age of ten. Enlisted in the Marines May 8, 1917. No memorial will be held until public gatherings are declared safe, for health reasons. (24 Oct 1918 pg 1)

78. Simmons, Mrs. Mae of Storrs wife of Charles Simmons, daughter of James McDonald of Heber City. She had been married only a year. Lacked two days being 20 years old. An infant child also died with her. Cause of death Spanish influenza. (24 Oct 1918 pg 1)

79. Alexalers, Elvira Mrs. of Mohrland died of Spanish Flu also an infant. (24 Oct 1918 pg 1)

80. Villard, Virgile died in Price hospital of Spanish Influenza last Friday. He had been in this country 17 years. In Carbon County ten years. (24 Oct 1918 pg 1)

81. Nakai, Seichi, a Jap of Standardville died on Tuesday. (24 Oct 1918 pg 1)

82. Pike, Affrochet, a Greek passed away Tuesday in Mohrland. (24 Oct 1918 pg 1)

83. Palmieri, Mrs. Pasquale died in 1918. (24 Oct 1918 pg 3)

84. Sullivan, a colored man died at Helper of Spanish Flu. (31 Oct 1918 pg 1)

85. Sullivan child, son of the man above was found dead in bed one morning. (31 Oct 1918 pg 1)

86. Scalzo, Mrs. Charles died of the flu. (31 Oct 1918 pg 1)

87. Nelson, Caroline, 72, buried Orangeville Tuesday. Mother of Mrs. Sam Jewkes.

88. Anderson, Lamar, 4, son of the Arnold Andersons of Kenilworth died of influenza while in Mt. Pleasant visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rasmussen. (31 Oct 1918 pg 3)

89. Jamison, Gertrude died Saturday of membranous croup. She would have been three years old in January. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Jamison. Burial Monday Price. (31 Oct 1918, pg 4)

90. Dowd, Mary daughter of Dr. and Mrs. A.W. Dowd of Sunnyside died in SLC of the flu, 14 years old. (31 Oct 1918 pg 4)

91. Dugmore, William of Ferron son of Bishop Samuel Dugmore of Sunnyside was a victim of influenza last week. (7 Nov 1918 pg 8)

92. Walkington, William, of Helper, died in the war. Unmarried. (14 Nov 1918 pg 1)

93. Albo, Jimmie died in the war. He was from Helper. (14 Nov 1918 pg 1)

94. Hood, Dalia Eleanor daughter of Andrew Hood of Scofield died Monday in Scofield. Taken to Provo for burial. (14 Nov 1918 pg 4)

95. Huff, Alice of Clear Creek died of influenza in Salt Lake Tuesday. The body was sent home for interment. (14 Nov 1918 pg 4)

96. McKinnon, Robert died of influenza at Green River, Wyo. Sunday night. The body brought to Price for burial. (21 Nov 1918 pg 4)

97. Axelsen, Sheldon died the latter part of Sept in France. Killed in Action. Buried in Cleveland. (28 Nov 1918 pg 1)

98. Worley, Neldon son of Mr. and Mrs Fritz Worley of Wellington, 23 years old. Killed in France latter part of Sept 1918. Buried in Wellington. (28 Nov 1918 pg 1)

99. Allen, Susa Beatrice, 29, wife of Albert Allen died in Clear Creek. Burial was in Orangeville. (28 Nov 1918 pg 3)

100. Douglas Lisonbee died of the flue at Storrs Monday and the body was shipped to Springville for burial. (28 Nov 1918 pg 3)

101. Mrs. Montgomery died at Latuda of the flue and her body was sent to Heber City. (28 Nov 1918 pg 3)

102. Little Bernice Thorne, aged three, died at Standardville of the flue and her remains were taken to Pleasant Grove. (28 Nov 1918 pg 3)

103. Clyde B. Christensen, 30, of Wattis died last Thursday night of the influenza. He leaves a wife and three small sons. He formerly lived in Ephraim and enjoyed the highest esteem of neighbors and acquaintances. The body was taken to Spring City for burial Sunday. (28 Nov 1918 pg 3)

104. Evans, Benjamin died Thursday of influenza. He was 35 years old. A brother to Lewis Evans. Died in Spanish Fork. (5 Dec 1918 pg 3)

105. ____, Lavern of Castle Gate died. No dates or places mentioned. Buried in Castle Gate.

106. Evans, Anna May, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Evans died Wednesday at home. Taken to Spanish Fork for burial. Grandmother, Mrs. Dave Donald of Grand Junction. (12 Dec 1918 pg 4)

107. Pizza, Mrs. Doloratia, 29, sister of Fred Paternoster died in Alida Colorado of influenza. The body was brought to Price for burial. She was born in Chez, Tyrol Italy. Spent most of her life in this country. Husband Angelo Rizzi. (12 Dec 1918 pg 5)

108. Clark, Oliver, 42, a freighter from Altonah was struck by a train Tuesday and killed. The body was taken home for burial. (19 Dec 1918 pg 1)

109. Powers, Rosamond died at Hiawatha of tuberculosis. Father James Powers. Bro. C.J. Powers. Body taken to Illinois for burial. (19 Dec 1918 pg 3)

The Sun Newspaper

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1. Infant McCall son of Geo. W. of Kenilworth, mother __ Jewkes buried at Orangeville. Lived just a few days. (23 Aug 1918 pg 7, The Sun)

2. "Grandma" Caroline Nelson died Thursday at Orangeville. A widow for 25 years. A daughter Mrs. Elliot Fox. No public funeral because of the flu. Burial in Orangeville. (8 Nov 1918 pg 7)

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Deaths Copied from Old Price Papers

The following index is an extract of deaths that are listed in the old Price newspapers. The Sun was published from June 4, 1915 to December 1932 when the Sun and the News Advocate merged and became The Sun Advocate. The Eastern Utah Telegraph (EUT) was published from Jan 15, 1891 to Feb 1895 when it merged with The Eastern Utah Advocate (EUA). The Eastern Utah Telegraph and the Eastern Utah Advocate newspapers are online on the University of Utah Marriott Library online newspaper collections. If you find a relative included on this list in these two newspapers visit Utah Digital Newspapers to look for the article and find additional information. In many cases there is more information in the article than is included on this webpage. The Sun newspaper is not included in the archives of the Utah Digital Newspapers so this is all the information that is available. Special thanks is given to Frances Cunningham for making this information available to the Carbon County UTGenweb web page.

Alexander, Pedro, 34, Italian Miner died 8 Sep 1902 at St. Marks Hospital, Salt Lake City. Buried at Sunnyside. (EUA 11 Sep 1902 pg 1, Thursday)

Anderson, Rasmus died Dec 1919 at Mt. Pleasant, banker, buried Thursday. (The Sun 12 Dec 1919 pg 1)

Arrowsmith, Will died 20 years ago this week. Accidently shot 1889 in Colton. (The Sun 10 Oct 1919 pg 4)

Chief Atchee, Ute age 90, died 28 Jan 1919 at Dragon, flu, well known around Price. (The Sun 31 Jan 1919 pg 2)

Birch, Ross age 12 died 17 Jan 1919 in Price. "Youth drops dead while at dinner table" Brights disease. (The Sun, 17 Jan 1919 pg 8)

Black, Louis of Price died Feb 1891 in Salt Lake City. Buried Salt Lake City. (EUT, 19 Feb 1891 pg 4)

Blackham, Charles died Tuesday 26 Nov at Clear Creek. Wife and four children survive. Accident in mine. Buried in Orangeville. (The Sun, 5 Dec 1919 pg 1 & 28 Nov 1919 pg 4)

Bonzas, Christ about 35 year old, single, died Monday 13 Oct 1919 Wattis. Buried at Price Wed 15, Oct 1919. (The Sun, 17 Oct 1919 pg 1)

Bradley, Jefferson died about 15 Jan 1919 at Storrs; Killed a few days ago. (The Sun, 17 Jan 1919 pg 6)

Brown, J. Houston, age 25, died 8 Jan 1919 at Camp Kearney, Calif. Buried in Price. Sister, Mrs. Gomer Peacock. (The Sun, 17 Jan 1919 pg 6)

Burgener, Luella born 21 Feb 1903 Midway died Monday Sep/Oct 1919. Parents Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Burgener. Buried in Myton, Wednesday. (The Sun, 10 Oct 1919 pg 1)

Burnham, J.W., age 60, died about 6 Sep 1919 in cabin near Ogden, of heart failure. Buried in Salt Lake City. Son of Luther and Charlotte Joslin Burnham. Married Eliza Argyle. Son, J. William Burnham of Price. (The Sun, 10 Oct 1919 pg 5)

Burton, Child son of John A. Burton of Kenilworth died Dec 1919, buried at Mt. Pleasant one day last week. (The Sun, 12 Nov 1919 pg 5)

Burton, William L. born March 1, 1878 Mt Pleasant. Parents Joseph F. and Nancy Brooks Burton, died 24 Jan 1919 Storrs. Married Belle Allred 10 Oct 1906. He was run over by a refrigerator car. He leaves a widow and five children. (The Sun, 31 Jan 1919 pg 7)

Colthorp, W. P. age 44 died Wednesday January 4, 1905 at Vernal. Died of rheumatism of the heart. Originally from Tennessee. (EUA, 5 Jan 1905 pg 1)

Dennison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Dennison of Sunnyside, died Nov. 1919. Buried 21 Nov 1919 in Castle Dale. (The Sun, 28 Nov 1919, pg 3)

Ericksen, Caroline Lofgren died 26 Apr 1919 in Salt Lake City. Born Mt. Pleasant. Married 17 Mar 1898 to Judge Ferdinand Ericksen. Buried Tuesday 30 Apr 1919 in Mt. Pleasant. Leaves husband and four children. (The Sun, 2 May 1919 pg 1)

Farrer, Elizabeth Sophia wife of J.S. Farrer, merchant, died 4 Nov 1891 at Green River in child birth. (EUT, 6 Nov 1891 and The Sun, 7 Feb 1891)

Ferguson, James X abt 67 died 23 Jun 1919 in Ocean Park, Calif. Wife, Jennie. Former resident of Carbon County helped to develop Carbon County. (The Sun 27 Jun 1919 pg 1)

Forester, Thomas age 33, died Sunday 8 June 1919 in Castle Gate. Buried Monday 8 June 1919 in Price. Crushed by falling trestle at Castle Gate. (The Sun, 13 Jun 1919 pg 1) Wife returned to England. (The Sun, 26 Sep 1919 pg 4)

Fredricks, David of Huntington, died. The young man had been afflicted from youth with lameness which was caused from a white swelling. (EUT, 19 Mar 1891 pg 4)

Frazier, Warren G. age 39 died Tuesday 4 Nov 1919 in Salt Lake City. A brakeman for D&RG out of Scofield. (The Sun 7 Nov 1919 pg 5)

Gail, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gail, eight months old, died 5 Feb 1919 in Black Hawk of the flu. Buried 6 Feb 1919 in Castle Dale.

Gibbs, Charles Howard died of the flu on Monday 17 Feb 1919 in Salt Lake City. Born 29 Oct 1881 in Houghton, Michigan. Geologist for Utah Fuel Co. Buried Friday 21 Feb 1919 in Salt Lake City. (The Sun, 21 Feb 1919 pg 1)

Graham, James M. (Lieut. And Dr.) Died 5 Apr 1919 in Denver, Colorado of pneumonia. Wife and two young children. Buried in Salt Lake City. (The Sun, 5 Apr 1919 pg 5)

Grosso, Augusta Mrs. died Monday 2 Jun 1919 in Salt Lake City. Husband Frank Grosso. Tumor operation. Buried Wednesday 4 Jun 1919 in Price. Daughter, Mrs. Emily Bernardi and brother Eugene Guarenti. (The Sun, 6 Jun 1919 pg 1)

Guymon Mrs. Orson H., died Friday 7 Nov 1919 in Price. Buried Sunday 9 Nov 1919 in Price. (The Sun, 14 Nov 1919 pg 5)

Hales, three children died June 1891 in Huntington. (EUT, 5 Jun 1891 pg 4)

Halverson, George H. age 20, died 20 Dec 1918 in Green Pines. Parents Mr. and Mrs. Chris Halverson. Shooting. (The Sun, 3 Jan 1919 pg 7)

Hammond, Fletcher B. died Saturday 3 May 1919 in Salt Lake City. Born 31 Mar 1855 in Sandwich Islands to Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Hammond (of Ogden and Huntsville). Injuries. Buried in Moab. (The Sun 9 May 1919 pg 1)

Haymon, child died Apr 1891 in Springville. Mel Haymon was called to Springville last Sunday by the death of his little child. (EUA 16 Apr 1891 pg 4)

Henry, W. K. age 52, born in Virginia, died 20 Apr 1919 in Salt Lake City. Leaves a widow, three sons and two daughters. Buried in Provo. Sheriff of Carbon County 1915-1916. (The Sun, 25 Apr 1919 pg 1)

Huey, Mrs. James C. age about 23 died about 4 Nov 1919 in Park City. Murdered. Buried in Salt Lake City. Husband James C. (Cupid) Huey. Married 1914. (The Sun, 7 Nov 1919 pg 1 and 5 Dec 1919 pg 5)

Johnson, boy age 13 died 6 Apr 1891 in Price. Son of Charles Johnson. Sad accident, drug by a horse. (EUT, 9 Apr 1891 pg 5)

Johnstone, Edward B., 45, died Feb/Mar 1919 in Alameda, California. Father Hugh Johnstone, former resident of Carbon County. (Gun Play Maxwell) (The Sun, 7 Mar 1919 pg 1)

Kerkos, Louis died Saturday 12 Jul 1919 in Castle Gate. Accident in No. 1 mine. (The Sun 18 Jul 1919 pg 5)

Killpack, Jonathon H. died 26 Dec 1918 in Huntington. Born Manti, wife and seven children. (The Sun, 3 Jan 1919 pg 3)

Kuoukoupakis, Nick age about 28 died Monday 17 Mar 1919 in Kenilworth. No relatives in United States. Buried 19 Mar 1919 in Price. Accident.

Labota, John, Mexican, about 23 years old died 25 Jul 1919 in Kyune. Leaves a widow and one child. Body sent to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Killed in a fight. (The Sun, 1 Aug 1919 pg 3)

Lake, Bazel died Dec 2, 1918 in France. Parents Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Lake. Spinal Meningitis. Buried on 3 Dec 1919 (The Sun, 18 Apr 1919 pg 1)

Lambert, Samuel age about 40 years died Wednesday 5 Aug 1919 in Mohrland. Leaves a widow and one child. Buried 7 Aug 1919 in Price on Friday. (The Sun 8 Aug 1919 pg 1)

Lang, infant son age about two months, died 25 May 1881. Parents Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Lang, Price. (EUT 29 May 1891 pg 1)

Lang or Long, S. E. died 12 Sep1919 in Winter Quarters Mine, wife and three children. Buried 14 Sep 1919 in Fairview. Came from Alabama three years ago. (The Sun, 26 Sep 1919 pg 7)

Larsen, Joseph S. died Saturday 15 Aug 1919 in Altonah. Buried 16th, Sunday. Leaves a widow, five sons and one daughter. (The Sun, 22 Aug 1919 pg 5)

Littlejohn, Mary Lindsay, born 28 Mar 1877 in Draghorn Scotland. Married William Littlejohn on 3 Feb 1899. Died Monday 18 Aug 1919 in Castle Gate. Leave behind two daughters, three sons, mother, one sister, six brothers in Scotland. Buried Castle Gate 21 Aug 1919. (The Sun 22 Aug 1919 pg 1)

Majors, James early 20's, died 7 Nov 1919 in Huntington. Auto accident. (The Sun, 7 Nov 1919 pg 7)

Martin, George W. (Rev) age 70, died 7 Mar 1919 in Salt Lake City. Pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Manti for forty years, widow, son and daughter. (The Sun, 7 Mar 1919 pg 7)

Mathis, Myrtle Miss, born 10 July 1905 Price. Parents Henry G and Sarah McFarlane Mathis, died 7 Apr 1919 in Price of a heart attack. Buried Sunday 13 Apr 1919. (The Sun, 11 Apr 1919 pg 8)

Matthews, Robert, Helper, engineer, died Aug 1899 in Colton. Killed while doing some switching in the D&RG yards at Colton, 20 years ago this week. (The Sun, 15 Aug 1919 pg 4)

Milano, Dewey, infant died 29 May 1919 in Carbonville. Parents Mr. and Mrs. John Milano, car accident. (The Sun 6 Jun 1919 pg 1)

Moore, James Carl about 45 years old died Tuesday 12 Aug 1919 in Heiner. Leaves wife and baby girl. Came from Kansas City, Mo. Worked at Heiner four days. Killed in the mine. Buried in Price Wednesday 13 Aug 1919. (The Sun, 15 Aug 1919 pg 5)

Mitchell, Charles J. died 4 Mar 1919 Brest France. A Carbon County soldier, pneumonia, Greek. (The Sun, 28 Mar 1919 pg 1)

Neilson, Mr. died 6 Jul 1891 in Cleveland. Father of Joseph and Neils Neilson of Cleveland. Buried Wednesday 8 Jul 1891 in Cleveland. (EUT Friday Jul 1891)

Nelson, Frank K, age 37. Born in Manti, died 3 Jan 1919 in Salt Lake City. Leaves a wife and baby - Thompson, mother Camelia Nelson. Flu. (The Sun, 10 Jan 1919 pg 1)

Newman, Russell born Mar 20, 1811 in Kentucky. Died April 1919 in Midvale. Pioneer in Missouri, Colorado and Idaho. (The Sun, 11 Apr 1919 pg 5)

Olson, Lars M. born 17 May 1851 in Arvika Sweden. Died 17 April 1919 in Ephraim. Married Birdie P. Olson in 1891 in Sanpete. Buried Sunday 20 Apr 1919. Leaves a wife and seven children. Resident of Price for twenty years. Came in 1887. Stomach trouble. (The Sun, 25 Apr 1919 pg 1)

Omura, K - about 36 years old died Monday 21 July 1919. Shot himself. (The Sun, 25 Jul 1919 pg 1)

Parmley, Mary Ann born 27 Mar 1858 in Coundon, Durham England died Sunday July 13, 1919 in Castle Gate. Leaves husband, one son and three daughters. Married 25 February 1885 in Logan, Utah to Thomas J. Parmley. Buried Wednesday 16 Jul 1919. Heart trouble. (The Sun, 18 Jul 1919 pg 8)

Petersen, Jens born 15 Feb 1826 at Alborg Denmark to Peter and Anna Iverson-hens Jense Petersen, died 7 Jun 1919 in Spring City, Utah. Came to Price in May 1882. Married Mary Christine. She died in Price. First woman buried here. She died August 28, 1882. (The Sun, 13 Jun 1919 pg 1)

Petersen, Mary Christine died 22 Aug 1882 Price. First woman buried at Price. Buried in Petersen burial grounds east of Price. Wife of Jens Petersen. (The Sun, 13 Jun 1919, pg 1)

Potasto, son, three years old died 3 Jan 1919 in Helper. Buried 4 Jan 1919 in Helper. Parents Mr. and Mrs. Frank Potasto. Scalded.

Rhoades, Ledru B. (Judge) age 70 born on Lincoln's birthday. Licking Co., Ohio. Died 14 May 1919 of brights disease. Former resident of Price and a county Attorney. (The Sun, 13 June 1919 pg 1)

Roberts, James born Aug 31, 1871 in England. Came here in 1907. Died 19 Nov 1919 in Sunnyside. His only son, John W., was killed in action in France. Died suddenly. Buried 23 Nov 1919 in Sunnyside. (The Sun 28 Nov 1919 pg 4)

Russell, infant child died Feb 1919 in Rains. Parents Mr. and Mrs. C.N. Russell. Buried 23 Feb 1919 in Price. (The Sun, 28 Feb 1919 pg 4)

Scano, Rose about 18 years old. Died November 10, 1904 above Helper. Daughter of "Suicide Bell" Scano. Ran over by a wagon. (EUA 17 Nov 1904 pg 1)

Sharp, William Gibson age 62, born 17 Mar 1857 in Salt Lake City. Son of Bishop John Sharp and Anne Gibson Sharp. Died July 1, 1919 in Boston, Mass. Wife Mrs. Hester Harkness Sharp. Buried in Salt Lake City. Had much to do with developing Carbon Co. Funeral (The Sun, 2 Jul 1919 pg 2 & 4 Jul 1919 pg 1)

Shepperd, Carrie H. died Tuesday July 15, 1919 in Salt Lake City. Husband Julius Shepperd of Helper. Buried Saturday 19 July 1919. (The Sun, 25 Jul 1919 pg 3)

Stevenson, George West (Lieutenant) died 15 Sep 1919 in France in battle. Parents Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Stevenson of Price. (The Sun 31 Jan 1919 pg 1)

Teasdale, James E. born Hebburn, Durham England, Mar 30, 1894 to Mr. and Mrs. William Teasdale. Died Thursday 6 February 1919 in Winter Quarters. Buried 9 Feb 1919 in Scofield. Leaves a wife and two children. Married 1916 to Ethel Biggs. Died of the flu. (The Sun)

Thompson, James S. age 44, born Chicago 1875, died 15 Jan 1919 Sunnyside. Married Laura Tucker at Denver 18 years ago. Heart Trouble. Memorial services. (The Sun, 24 Jan 1919 pg 5 & 17 Jan 1919 pg 1)

Tidwell, John Franklin born Mt. Pleasant March 31, 1867. Died 26 Dec 1918 in Wellington. Wife is Frances E. Longhrey. Parents Jefferson Tidwell and Sarah Seely. Buried 29 Dec 1918. Died of the flu. Came to Carbon County in 1883. (The Sun 3 Jan 1919 pg 1)

Tidwell, Samuel Jefferson age 22 died 30 Dec 1918 in Wellington. Parents are John Franklin Tidwell and Frances Longhrey. Buried 1 Jan 1919. (The Sun 3 Jan 1919 pg 1)

Turgensen, Lavern of Emery in his early 20's died Oct 1919 at Salina Creek. Auto Accident. (The Sun, 7 Nov 1919 pg 7)

Wilde, James died Tuesday 26 Nov 1919 in Clear Creek. Buried Coalville, children, mine accident, son of electrician, grandparents Mr. and Mrs. William Wilde of Clear Creek. (The Sun, 28 Nov 1919 pg 4 & 5 Dec 1919 pg 1)

Wilson, Thomas age 63 of Ohio died Sunday 19 Oct 1919 in Price. Buried in Price Monday 20 Oct 1919. (The Sun 24 Oct 1919 pg 7)

Wilson, W.T. age about 43 from Freeport, Illinois. Died 10 Oct 1919 in Provo. Conductor D&RG. Accident (The Sun, 17 Oct 1919 pg 5)

Young, Fred died about 29 Jan 1919 in Salt Lake. Leaves behind a wife and young son. Injured at Sunnyside. (The Sun, 31 Jan 1919 pg 1)

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Obituaries of Spring Glen Residents

The following obituaries where part of the collection of Frances Cunningham and where given to the Carbon County UTGenWeb webpage.

James Dicken Fullmer
Carbon County News, 13 Feb 1909

Beside the Fulmer Bier

Funeral services of a highly impressive character were held at the Spring Glen schoolhouse over the remains of the late J.D. Fulmer, whose sudden death last Saturday morning sent a shock of sorrow throughout the state. Mr. Fulmer was fifty nine years of age and had spent his life in Utah, having been born in the Old Fort, at Salt Lake City in the year following the arrival of the "hand Cart" pioneers. He was a man of sterling qualities, held in the highest affection, by those who knew him well and respected by all with whom he came into contact. It is safe to say that no man in all the west had more genuine friends than had J.D. Fulmer.

As an indication of the great sorrow caused by the taking off of this good and upright man, the Spring Glen schoolhouse, which was especially tendered by the trustees for the occasion, was crowded to the doors, many who had come to pay their last respects to his memory being unable to gain admittance.

The services were directed by Bishop John T. Rolly and were under the nuspices of the ward bishopric. They were of an unusually touching character, every loving tribute to the memory of the departed drawing an echo of affection from the sorrowing hearts of the assembled throng.

The principal speakers were John H. Pace, H.G. Mathis, R. B. Morrison and Chauncey Cook the last named a half brother of the deceased. All these speakers paid high tribute to the honesty, integrity and splendid personal qualities of the man over whose bier a whole community stood bent with sorrow. Mr. Morrison's remarks were especially impressive. He dealt with the stern honesty and unimpeachable character of his dead friend, holding up his life as an example to be admired and emulated by all. Mr. Morrison was full of his subject and his remarks met with sympathetic response from all his hearers. After the services he said to a friend: "When a man like that dies, when the grave opens to receive him and he sinks into its bosom, there can be no better epitaph than the words of Pope 'An Honest Man is the Noblest Work of God'".

Mr. Fulmer leaves a wife and eight children. Among the latter is a married daughter living in Canada who had been advised of the death of her father and was expected to be present at the funeral. She was, however, unable to make the trip. The other children are J.D, Van, Lorenzo, Pearl and a little one of three years. The other married ones are Mrs. Olive Hanselman and Mrs. Chloe Atherton.

One of State's First Born Dead

Eastern Utah Advocate, 11 Feb 1909

One among the first born of Utah's sturdy manhood after the pioneers reached Utah Valley and a citizen of Carbon county for about twenty years died at Spring Glen last Friday in the person of J.D. Fullmer, after a brief illness. He is survivied by a wife and several children. Funeral services were held from the Spring Glen meeting house yesterday afternoon and the remains laid to rest in the local cemetery there.

The speakers at the funeral were John H. Pace, Henry G. Mathis, Bishop John T. Rowley of Spring Glen and one of his counsellors, R. B. Morrison of Helper. C.H. Cook, formerly of Spring Glen and a half-brother of the deceased, also made a brief address. The funeral was one among the largest in Spring Glen ward, the attendance and genuine sorrow expressed by friends and neighbors showing the very high regard in which deceased was held by those who had known him most intimately these many years.

The deceased was born in the "old fort" at Salt Lake City about a year after the pioneers came to the state by handcart, and was about 48 years of age.

Kenneth Fullmer

Kenneth Babcock Fullmer, 62, died Jan. 1 1978 of cancer. Born July 16, 1916, Spring Glen, to Lorenzo Babcock and Margaret Farish Fullmer. Worked for Garrett Freightlines for 15 years prior to disabilities. Member LDS Church. Survivors: mother, Margaret Allred Christiansen, Salt lake City; brother, Ben Fullmer, Bountiful; sisters, Mrs. Richard (Willma) Wiece, Mrs. Glen (Margaret) Hutchins and Mrs. Ralph (Mary Anne) Gudmundsen, all Salt Lake City; nieces and nephews. Funeral services Thursday 2 p.m. Redwood Memorial Estates, 6500 S. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, where friends may call Wednesday 6 - 8 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to services. Burial, Redwood Memorial Estates.

Thomas W. Haycock


Funeral services were conducted Monday at 1 p.m. in the Spring Glen LDS ward chapel for Thomas William Haycock, 84, Spring Glen, who died of causes incident to age Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Carbon Hospital. He was born January 29, 1880, Staffordshire, England to Thomas William and Mary Ann Brindley Haycock. He married Phoebe Elizabeth Bellows December 2, 1910 in Price. He was a retired railroad engineer, hostler and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Surviving are his widow; sons and daughters, Mrs. Nick (Vera) Mamarakis and Johnny Haycock, Spring Glen; Mrs. Dorothy Marshall, Carbonville; Mrs. Rudy (Mildred) Vuksinick, Orem, Arthur G. and Leslie W. Haycock, Salt Lake City; Clifford L. Haycock and Mrs. Flossi Gold, Grand Junction. 18 great grand children. Burial was in the Haycock Cemetery Spring Glen, under the directions of the Mitchell Funeral Home.

Richard Thomas Haycock


Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Spring Glen LDS chapel for Richard Thomas Haycock, 86, Spring Glen who died Saturday at 3 a.m. at his home after a long illness. He was born Aug. 14, 1878 at Clowne, England to Joseph George and Margaret Joan Haycock. He married Margaret Elvera Jones April 17, 1905 at Winter Quarters. The marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple. He was a retired fireman having worked for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad and was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Firemen. Surviving are his widow; sons and daughters, Richard Elgin Haycock, Spring Glen, Mrs. Wehnonea Anderson, Mrs. James (Marci) Hammand, Salt Lake City; Mrs. Farinon (Alpha) Barker, Craig, Colorado; Mrs. Eldin (Beverly) Byrge, Helper; 15 grand children, 21 great-grand children; sister Mrs. Margaret Wyatt, Salt Lake City. Burial was in the Spring Glen Cemetery under the direction of the Fausett-Etzel Mortuary.

Mary A. Haycock

22 Jul 1926

Old Resident of Spring Glen answers last call. Mrs. Mary A. Haycock, 76 years of age, died yesterday afternoon at her home in Spring Glen from old age. Funeral services will be conducted there Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the LDS meeting house, with interment in the local cemetery. Arrangements are in charge of G.E. Flynn. Mrs. Haycock was one of the old time residents of Spring Glen and Carbon County. She was the wife of Thomas Haycock and is survived by the following sons; William, Thomas, Elmer and Jess.

Lewis & Gregory Madsen

Sun Advocate: 1977

Spring Glen, Lewis Madsen, five days old, died February 14, 1977; Gregory Madsen, two days old, died February 11, 1977, in a Salt Lake City hospital of prematurity. Born February 9, 1977, Price sons of Karl and Kathleen Robinson Madsen. Survivors: parents; sister, Jennifer, all Spring Glen; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Madsen, Lakeview, Utah; Mr. and mrs. Plieon B. Robinson, Provo; great-grandparents, Mrs. Karl Taylor; Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Madsen, all Lakeview; Mrs. Kathleen Burton, Afton, Wyoming. Graveside services, were Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., Price City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the University of Utah newborn Intensive Care Unit.

Howard Lacey

Sun Advocate 1976

Howard Lacey of Boulder, Colo., died in a Boulder hospital May 10, 1976 of cancer. Born Aug. 24, 1918, to Lucille and Earl Lacey. Married Martha T. Fazzio April 24, 1947. Worked in mines; member of Catholic Church. Survivors: wife and daughter, Martha Lacey, Helper; Mrs. Jimmie (Faye) Lee, Helper, four grandchildren. Funeral services were May 14 in Boulder.

Don Rolando

Spring Glen - Don J. Rolando, 78, Spring Glen, died July 20, 1977 in a Price hospital following a long illness. Born Sept. 22, 1898, Castle Gate, Carbon County, to James D. and Mary McElroy Rolando. Married Adeline Coletti, Sept. 13, 1924, Kemmerer, Wyo. Retired coal miner, member, UMWA, local 1681. Survivors: wife, son, James D., Allentown, Pa.; one grandchild; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. William (Mary) Morrison, Helper; Ann Babich, Albuquerque, N.M.; Tracy Arnold, Missoula, Mont.; Mrs. Jack (Minerva) Kersbergen, San Gabriel, Calif. Funeral services are Saturday, 10 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Chapel, Price, where friends call Friday, Saturday prior to services. Burial, Mountain View Cemetery.

Hannah S. Riley

Spring Glen - Hannah Reynolds Sheffield Riley, 83, Spring Glen, died in a Price hospital May 21, 1975 after a long illness. Born Feb. 8, 1892, South Normanton, Derbyshire, England, to Matthew and Hannah Starkey Reynolds. Married Joseph Thomas Sheffield July 2, 1909, Rock Spring, Wyo.; he died Sept. 2, 1909. Married Robert Riley nov. 22, 1912, Rock Springs, Wyo.; he died Feb. 13, 1960. Came to U.S. in 1892. Delivered babies for many years in Clawson, Utah Active member LDS Church. Survivors: sons, daughters, Thomas Sheffield, Hiawatha; Robert M. Riley, Riverton; Jack E. Riley, Granger; James E. Riley, Castle Dale; George L. Riley, Clawson; Mrs. Evan J. (Rose) Marshall, Redwood City, Calif.; Mrs. Andrew C. (Hannah) Tucker, Murray; Mrs. Jane R. Jensen, Provo; Mrs. Oliver C. (Mary) Jensen, Spring Glen; 41 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren. Funeral Saturday 2 p.m., Spring Glen LDS Ward Chapel. Burial, Spring Glen Cemetery.

Pete Cima

Sun Advocate 1977

Spring Glen - Pete Cima, 72, died January 10, 1977 at home following a long illness. Born October 31, 1904, Johnson City, Illinois to James and Virginia Phillips Cima. Married Mary Kos July 30, 1927 in Price, Utah. Member Catholic Church, retired from Denver & Rio Grande Railroad where he was an engineer with 30 years service. Survivors: wife and daughters: Mrs. Norman (Barbara) Wilson and Mrs. Louie (Madeline) Tonc, both Spring Glen; 6 grandchildren; mother; Mrs. Virginia Wiley, Salt Lake City; sister: Mrs. Roy (Isabell) Chindgren, Salt Lake City. Funeral Mass was Wednesday 1 p.m. St. Anothony's Church in Helper. Holy Rosary was Tuesday Mitchell Funeral Chapel, Price. Burial Mt. View Cemetery, Helper.

Martha V. Karcich

Sun Advocate, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1984 pg 10A

Martha Viola Karcich, age 62, died Oct. 28, 1984 in a Price hospital. Born March 29, 1922 at Sego, Utah, daughter of Pete and Eunice Battagliotti Viola. Married William J. Karcich, Jan. 11, 1941 in Price. Resident of Carbon County since 1923. Survived by: husband, William, Spring Glen; sons, William J. Karcich, Jr., Price; Raymond Scott Karcich, Spring Glen; mother, Mrs. Eunice Viola, Carbonville; granddaughters, Ilise and Krystal Jo Karcich; and a community of friends. Funeral services Wednesday, 1 p.m. Mitchell Chapel where friends may call one hour prior to services. Burial Price City Cemetery.

Katie Pavletich Star

Sun Advocate, Friday, Oct. 26, 1984

Helper - Katie Pavletich Star, age 81, died at her home in Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 24. Born Feb. 12, 1903 in Lika Croation, Yugoslavia to Matt and Barbara Hodak Pavletich. Married Bob (Bozo) Star Jan. 13, 1924 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Raton, New Mexico. He died March 28, 1964. Member of the Catholic church. Long time resident of Carbon County, she moved to Sacramento in 1978. Owned and operated Katies' Place in Carbonville for many years. Member of Croation Fraternal Union and SNPJ. Survived by two sons and three daughters, Steve Star, Grand Juntion; Martin Star, Littleton, Colo.; Helen Star and Mrs. Tom (Anne) Biegler, both of Sacramento; Mrs. Frank (Barbara) Lang, Castro Valley, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Luja Butorac, Yugoslavia; 15 grandchilren; six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband; son, Matt; two infant children and a grandson, Matt, Jr. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated by grandson, Father Tom Star, Saturday, 10 a.m. in St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Helper. Holy Rosary will be recited Friday evening, 7 p.m. Mitchell Chapel, where friends may call Friday and Saturday prior to services. Burial, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper.

George Strakey

Spring Glen - George Strakey, age 92, died Oct. 6 in a Salt Lake City hospital. Born Dec. 31, 1891 in Austria, a son of George and Agness Papish Strakey. Married Amelia Chidester Richards Oct. 25, 1941 in Utah. She died Aug. 31, 1976. Resident of Carbon County for many years. Served in the U.S. Army in World War One. Worked in various coal mines and was a retired member of UMWA Local No. 1681. Survived by stepson and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Richards, Helper; three grandchildren, Tom and Bob Richards and Mrs. Barbara Pilling; three sisters, Agnes Tomsick, Salt Lake City; Mrs. Josephine Blaney and Mrs. Barbara Sepko, both of San Francisco, Calif.; many nieces and nephews. Graveside service Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., Mountain View Cemetery, Helper. Friends may call Mitchell Chapel Wednesday prior to 10:30 a.m.

Mike Vrotikas
Carbon Count News p.5 Mar 29, 1912

Mike Vrotikas who died from injuries received last Saturday while at work at the Hiawatha mine was buried Monday at the Spring Glen cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by a priest from Salt Lake City. The deceased was 40 years of age and unmarried.

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Cunningham Collection

The following information is research done by Frances Cunningham about the life of Mark Palmeroy Braffet the first County Clerk of Carbon County. Those of you who are interested in learning more about Mark P. Braffet should visit the University of Utah Marriott Library Newspaper Collection to do more research about him.

Mark Palmeroy Braffet - First County Clerk 1896


Born: 12 April 1870 in Paw Paw, Lee, Illinois
Parents: Dr. J. H. Braffet & Ellen Billings
Death: 2 Jan 1927 in Price, Carbon, Utah
Buried: 4 Jan 1927 in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah

On March 15, 1893, a petition carrying one hundred names asking for town government, was filed and recorded in the county recorder's office at Castle Dale, Emery County. (The county of Carbon was not organized at that time.) When the petition was granted the following March, a Town Board was elected, A. H. Earll became the first President, with Messrs. Kimball, Wright, Lewis, and Krebs as trustees. M.P. Braffet was appointed town Clerk and Thomas Lloyd, town Marshall. School buildings were erected, an L.D.S. Ward organized, and the community prospered. Pleasant Valley was an attractive place for outings and many people from various parts of the state came here for summer recreation.

Eastern Utah Advocate
pg 5 August 21, 1902

Mark P. Braffet of this county and A.J. Weber of Ogden have entered into a law partnership and will have offices at Salt Lake City in the Dooly block. Mr. Braffet's family have moved to the city, that the children may have better school advantages but his home will remain at Scofield, where the new firm will have an office also, and which will permit Mr. Braffet the better to look after his coal company and railroad practice.

Eastern Utah Advocate
18 Sep 1902

Mark P. Braffet, who lately formed a law partnership with A. __ Weber of Ogden for the practice of law at Salt Lake City, has fitted up offices in Suite 327 and 328, D. F. Walker building. The firm of Weber & Braffet, in addition to their other practice, is retained under a good salary as attorneys for the retail liquor dealers' association of Salt Lake City. They are also counsel for Scofield town. Mr. Braffet, however, remains the attorney for the Utah Fuel company, Pleasant Valley Coal company and the Rio Grande Western Railway.

Eastern Utah Advocate
pg 1 Sep 25, 1902
Nuisance Abated

Through the efforts of Acting County Attorney Hanford, assisted by Mark P. Braffet, attorney for the coal company, a nuisance has been abated at what is known as the halfway house between Scofield and Clear Creek. Harry Coburn, one of the proprietors of the place, was the other day fined fifty dollars and costs, in all amounting to ninety dollars with the promise that the woman should vamoose. The effort to convict Pat Wicherly failed, but one of the women was given ten dollars and costs. The "restaurant" will hereafter be closed. The case came before Justice Burgess at Scofield and consumed the better part of three days.

Eastern Utah Advocate
pg 7 February 8, 1906

M.P. Braffet, attorney for the Utah Fuel company, was in camp last week looking after important business and returned to Salt Lake City Wednesday.

Eastern Utah Advocate
pg 5 April 12, 1906


Hon Ferdinand Ericksen has rendered a decision in the case of J.R. Roberts against Mark P. Braffet, involving title to a tract of land down near Farnham, and which was before the court at the last session. The decision follows.

First - That the rents, issues and profits from the premises in controversy received by plaintiff since the year 1902 constitute and is declared to be an offset against the $100 paid by plaintiff to defendant as a part of the purchase price for the premises.

Second - That the defendant's title to the premises described in the pleadings is hereby declared to be good and valid and quieted as against the plaintiff, and all persons claiming or to claim under, by or through him.

Third - Plaintiff's complaint is ordered dismissed.

Fourth - Defendant is given judgement for his costs expended in the action.

An exception to the foregoing decision is given to plaintiff.

Carbon County News
pg 6 December 25, 1908

M.P. Braffet, attorney for the Utah Fuel Company, passed through Price Tuesday on a business trip to Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Eastern Utah Advocate
pg 1 - 20 May 1909


Friends of Mark P. Braffet, and they are legion throughout Eastern Utah, have been congratulating him for the past two weeks on his appointment as general solicitor in Utah and Colorado for the Utah Fuel company with full control over the legal affairs of that corporation. The title conferred is an honor indicative of the fullest confidence in his integrity and ability.

Mr. Braffet has been connected with the Utah Fuel company during the past nine years, having represented it as local attorney in Carbon county from 1900 to 1901, and during the five succeeding years as general attorney with headquarters in Salt Lake City.

The appointment was made by General Counsel Joel F. Vaile of the Denver and Rio Grande interests, and bears the approval of President E. T. Jeffrey in a circular put out from the New York City office.

Mr. Braffet opened his first law office at Price, and enjoyed a very large and lucrative practice during the years of his residence in Carbon county.

He was elected county clerk in 1894, and served a term of two years. For three years prior to that time he was telegraph operator and agent at Scofield.

Carbon County News
pg 8 December 3, 1909


M.P. Braffet and James Rooney, joint owners, have sold to the Utah Fuel Co. for $18,000 160 acres of land adjoining the town of Sunnyside. The White Elephant Saloon, run by F. Paternoster, is on the land. Paternoster's lease runs until 1911. It is understood that the Fuel Co. will use the land for cottages for its employees and that 100 will be erected soon.

The Carbon County News
pg 3 January 19, 1912

M.P. Braffett has been in Price this week looking over the construction work on the Price Tavern. Price's new hotel is nearing its opening date, which will be about the first of February, according to the builder and contractor, J.L. Eckert, under whose management, the work has been pushed in record breaking time. The grand opening of the Tavern will take place along the first of next month and will be one of the big events of the year. Mr. Braffet has invited a long list of his friends throughout the state. American Beautry roses will be the souvenirs of the occasion.

The Carbon County News
pg 2, January 26, 1912

The Braffet building is so near completion that anyone can see at a glance that it is going to be a thing of beauty. Being opposite the depot it is going to do good work for the city in giving the visitor a good impression of the place as soon as he leaves the train.

The Carbon County News
pg 1, February 9, 1912

M.P. Braffet was in the city this week superintending the work of putting the final touches on the Price Tavern.

The Carbon County News
Pg 3, February 9, 1912

The Braffet building is practically finished, and some of the business establishments will be open by Saturday. The formal opening of the Tavern, and of the building is set however, for the Saturday following. At that time Mr. Braffet will be present with a number of guests and the opening will be made an elaborate function.

The Carbon County News
pg 1, February 23, 1912

Braffet Building inspected by big crowd of visitors

Tavern, Café and bar were opened Saturday Night - Bright Future for All

Saturday night of last week the formal opening of the Braffet building occurred, and attracted a crowd such as has seldom gathered for a similar event in eastern Utah. As a result of the opening the Walters stock company, which was billed for the opera house for that date, cancelled its date when less than twenty people were in their seats when the performance was due to begin. The Walters people are well known and popular in Price, and their failure to draw a crowd is mentioned simply to show what an attraction the Braffet opening proved to be.

An orchestra which Mr. Braffet brought down from Salt Lake furnished the music throughout the evening, which in itself was well worth the time of anyone. Dancing in the north room of the building was another feature which attracted large and shifting crowds. A great canvas was spread for the dancers which proved a good substitute for waxed floors.

The café was running a special menu being served throughout the afternoon and evening, and many of the people of Price became acquainted with the first really high-class dining room this city has ever had.

The Price Tavern was also opened and many of the rooms were occupied the first night, nor has the place been without a paying business since. The first modern hotel in Price has already been proven a great success.

The bar and pool hall proved a Mecca for hundreds who visited the building and the way Tommy Dumayne handled the rush proved him a past master.

Mr. Braffet thoughtful for the pleasure of the ladies had provided a monster bouquet of carnations for their special benefit, and these were distributed to all who attended the opening.

That the crowd was satisfied, pleased, and enthusiastic was easily observed, and there is not a doubt that Mr. Braffet's "House-warming" was an event that will be long remembered.

The Carbon County News
pg 6 January 9, 1913

M.P. Braffet has taken up his option on the Fausett property on the corner of J and Eight streets, and it is said will erect a row of terraces there this spring. The price paid is reported to have been $4,000.

The Carbon County News
pg 1 January 16, 1913

.... He (C.A. Pierson, county clerk) was in constant telephone communication with "King" Braffet, who had fled to Manti to obtain a restraining order from Judge Christensen which would prevent the issuing of these licenses, and his evident intention was to create a delay that would enable the order to be served before the licenses were issued...

Pg 2

...The action of the county commissioners in breaking up the monopoly of the liquor businesses in the Utah Fuel company camps of this county so long enjoyed by the Magnolia Trading company, cannot be to strongly commended.

If it is true, as alleged, that the Magnolia Trading company has been wholesaling liquor in Carbon County without the formality of taking out a wholesale license, they should be brought to time immediately, and any sum due the county by reason of such wholesaling should be collected.

It would be interesting to know whether the Utah Fuel company knows and approves of the fight its man, Braffet, is making on the duly elected county commissioners of Carbon County. His meddling with county affairs while in the employ of the Fuel company cannot help but embitter the people against his employers. It would seem that the coal mining industry was big enough to pay dividends to it stockholder, without some of them asking for a monopoly on the saloon business.

King Braffet has a number of county officers under such admirable control that they eat out of his hand, but he experienced a disagreeable surprise when he attempted to issue instructions to the county commissioners as to the proper performance of their duties. Mr. Braffet's reign as king of Carbon county seems to be drawing to a close.

Carbon County News
pg 2 January 23, 1913

People who are tired of being ridden by political bosses have it in their power to shake off the bosses whenever they so will. Neither Mark Braffet nor the Magnolia Trading company can ride people with backbone and brains. Just make up your minds to be rid of them, then tell the bosses they are no longer bosses - and the job is half done. Goblins which frighten children disappear when the light is turned on and so will the bosses of Carbon county. Witchcraft has disappeared long ago in enlightened communities.

The News fears that recent events at the court house have so preyed on the mind of the editor of the advocate that he cannot see straight, for in last week's issue of the "great, moral and religious," by insinuation he makes the charge that A. W. McKinnon and Oliver T. Harmon, who filled out the unexpired terms respectively of County Clerk Jones and Treasurer Snyder, left the work in their offices unfinished and "in a confused condition." That is not fair, for both the acting clerk and treasurer left their offices in much better condition than they found them. It is amazing to observe how foolish fealty to the king will make people talk.

The Carbon County News
pg 1, January 30, 1913
The King is "Nutty"! Pity the Poor King!

Those people who have been worshiping at the shrine of the would be king of Carbon county, under the belief that he was a reincarnation of J. Caesar or Napoleon, must feel awfully disappointed now that they have learned that instead of being a man like the illustrious rulers mentioned, he more resembles Hamlet, the "nutty" prince of Denmark, made famous by the late W. Shakespear.

The trick that has yanked the lion skin off the would be ruler, and exposed him as a long-eared ___ (donkey) instead, was pulled off last Thursday night, when he gathered about him a crew of his vassals, serfs, and other lesser creatures, hied him to the print shop under his control and issued an "Extra" that was designed to discredit the present board of county commissioners. Said "Extra" went on to relate, under scareheads not less than four inches deep that the bonded debt of Carbon county was $70,000; that N.S. Neilson was a creditor to the extent of $20,000; that warrants calling for $40,000 was outstanding; that innocent purchasers were holding "about" $40,000. Such of these statements as are true have for some time been generally known, and just why it was necessary to issue an "extra" to herald them to the world is still puzzling many people. The paper in which they were published can reasonably be expected to appear again today, and it seems strange the "king" could not wait six days to show how woefully he and his agents have failed in their obligations to the tax-payers of Carbon county.

The sheet also devoted about three columns to a "legal" opinion signed by county Attorney C. C. McWhiney, in regard to the condition of the county and the duty of the commissioners. The commissioners knew nothing of this opinion until they saw it in the official organ of the "king" and are wondering why it was not submitted to them while they were in sessions.

If the News has been correctly informed, the would-be king who acts like Hamlet, in an address to the county board, took unto himself credit for the "prosperity" of Price and Carbon county. If he is responsible for the good things that come to the county, why not hold him responsible for the evils that have beset her? His issue of an "extra" to proclaim the shame of Carbon county, reminds one of the brazen harlot who cries her name from the street corner in an effort to still further sink herself in iniquity. Is there any doubt, dear reader, that the "king" has been demoted to play the part of the unhappy Hamlet?

The "extra" caused some talk and considerable amusement in this city, but the News has not heard how it was received in the coal camps, where it was distributed freely Friday.

In the meantime the county commissioners - Randolph, the democrat; and Sharp and Hamilton progressives - are going right ahead attending to their duties as they see them, trying to bring order out of chaos, and endeavoring to devise ways and means for reducing county expenses to a point where the deficit inherited from the former board can be wiped out. Pity the "king"; the king is nutty.

The Carbon County News
pg 1 February 6, 1913

Last week's Progressive, published at Salt Lake, contained several pages of the history of the attempt of the Magnolia company and its officers to throttle the commissioners of Carbon county and also a cartoon showing Mr. Braffet leading a fat hog into Price, the hog being labeled "Utah Fuel Company." It is said that 1,000 copies of the Progressive were distributed in Carbon County. That little paper is making the grafters all over the state squirm and should have the support of lovers of fair play and decent government.

Pg 1 Feb 6, 1913

Magnolia Trading Company Cannot Enjoy a monopoly of the Liquor Business in Carbon County.

Judge Albert H. Christenson last Monday sitting in chambers at Manti, dashed to the ground the aspiration of the Magnolia Trading Company for a monopoly of the liquor business at the camps of the Utah Fuel company in Carbon county. The question came up in the form of an application of the part of the county commissioners of Carbon county to have set aside the injunction previously granted by the court restraining the issuance of liquor license to Fred Paternoster to do business at Sunnyside and John Duimenti to do a liquor business at the Half Way house, between Helper and Castle Gate. Attorneys Stanley Price of this city and Messrs. McBroom and Hopbaugh of Salt Lake appeared for the commissioners and Attorney Wooley of Manti for the opposition.

The meat of the opinion is contained in the latter part, which is as follows: "now, therefore all of the matters appearing, we command you the said C. A. Pierson as County Clerk of the board of County Commissioners of said Carbon county State of Utah, that immediately after this writ you do authenticate the publish with your signature and the seal of the county clerk of Carbon county, State of Utah, by license certificate, the proceedings so ordered published and that you issue said certificate called a license, publishing and authenticating the proceedings of said board in that behalf, and that you do and perform all other acts required by law and ordered by said board of county commissioners in that behalf.

This writ is peremptory and hereof fail not. A. H. Christensen, Judge.

This means that the county commissioners are not bound by the wishes of the Magnolia Trading company and that people who desire to enter into competition with this concern can do so, providing they comply with the legal requirements.

Attorney Stanley Price is entitled to great credit for this victory in behalf of the people, for it was under his direction that the case was prepared and the injunction attacked.

Carbon County News
pg 1, February 6, 1913

Insurrecto Clerk Pierson and Treasurer Cody Resign their Offices and County Commissioners Fill Vacancies.

The County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, with all members present. The session was brief, and after a little urgent business had been attended to, adjournment was taken until this morning at ten o'clock....

The claim of Mrs. Pierson for salary as deputy county clerk was tabled until the next meeting, as the county commissioners did not wish to recognize her as entitled to the position. Mr. McWhinney said that his "theory" was that having been appointed she could not be discharged by the commissioners. The claim was tabled, nevertheless, for further consideration..

About this time R. R. Kirkpatrick arose and asked leave to address the commissioners. He presented the resignations of County Treasurer Cody and County clerk Pierson, the same to take effect immediately upon the appointment of their successors.

He stated that there were no strings on the resignations, but inasmuch as the two officers resigning were elected as republicans, he asked that the republican county central committee be consulted in the appointment of their successors. On motion of Commissioner Sharp the resignations were tabled until today's meeting.

Carbon County News
pg 2 February 6, 1913

The king and his private secretary arrived in Price Monday night and Tuesday Pierson and Cody resigned. Any significance in this?

County Clerk Pierson has been seen several times during the past week lugging county supplies from the office of Hamlet's local organ. The poor fellow is making a pack horse of himself and the county commissioners should have given him a deputy, to the end that he might spend more of his time at the office of the "immoral and irreligious". Had the News been allowed by Hamlet's man, Friday to fill the contract the commissioners gave it for stationery said stationery would have been delivered at the courthouse, and Friday might have saved his strength for the duties for which he as elected.

Carbon County News
pg 2, February 27, 1913

In another column will be found an article from a Salt Lake paper explaining in part the steps being taken by the county commissioners of Carbon county to break up the monopoly of the liquor traffic so long enjoyed by the Magnolia Trading company. The commissioners are to be commended for the stand they have taken and the efforts they are making in behalf of the taxpayers of Carbon county. Their efforts are being ably seconded by Stanley Price, who has been telling the judiciary committee of the state senate a number of extremely pertinent facts about the reign of "King" Braffet in Carbon County.

Carbon County News
pg 9, February 27, 1913

Charging that the Magnolia Trading Company is trying to secure a monopoly on the liquor business of Carbon county, Stanley Price, representing the citizens of Carbon county, appeared before the senate committee on judiciary yesterday to urge the passage of a bill providing that one-third of those who vote for the incorporation of a town be free-holders. Mark P. Braffet, the Judge Ferdinand Erickson, attorneys for the Utah Fuel Co., appeared in opposition to the bill. As a result there were charges and counter charges and the whole trouble in Carbon county was re-opened and threshed out.

Not long ago an innocent appearing bill was introduced in the senate by G. a. Iverson of Carbon, permitting the incorporation of a town on petition of 100 residents. It was charged yesterday that this bill was in the interest of the Utah Fuel company to permit the incorporation of Sunnyside and Castle Gate. Mr. Price charged that Mr. Braffet had boosted that he would have Sunnyside and Castle Gate incorporated in order that they might vote "wet" at the coming liquor election, and that he would see to it that the rest of the county went "dry" diving these two towns, a monopoly on the liquor traffic of the entire county.

Every foot of ground, every store and every saloon in these two towns, Mr. Price asserted, was completely owned by the Utah Fuel company. At his request the judiciary committee introduced a bill increasing the number of residents necessary for incorporation to 300, one-third of whom must be free-holders. This would, of corse, prevent the incorporation of these two towns, since there are few, if any, free-holders other than the Fuel company, in the two towns. Judge Ericksen and Mr. Braffet vigorously opposed the contentions of Mr. Price. They said that the county commissioners had not treated the Utah Fuel company kindly. They said the county commissioners had issued saloon licenses to persons who operated dives near the edge of the Utah Fuel company's property, where the miners would spent all their earnings. They denied all though of securing a monopoly on the liquor business, saying that their only intent was in protecting their employees from the vicious dives.

This opened the way for an argument on the scandals of official circles in Carbon County. It was asserted that until the present time the Utah Fuel company had controlled all the county officers of Carbon county, with the result that graft was rampant, and the interests of the company were protected to the detriment of the public.

After the argument had continued most of the forenoon, Senator Benner X. Smith of Salt Lake, chairman of the judiciary, asked Mr. Price if there was no steam laundry in Carbon County might send their soled linen. Mr. Price said one was badly needed. He suggested the need of a legislative investigation into official conditions of that county.

The judiciary committee, at the conclusion of the hearing, took all bills pertaining to the incorporation of towns under advisement. Sunday's Salt Lake Tribune.

Carbon County News
pg 1, March 6, 1913

Judge Erickson, representing Caffey of the Magnolia Trading Company appeared and asked that the saloon license held by that company at Clear Creek and Winter Quarters be transferred to J.E. Gunderson. It was so ordered. Judge Erickson further requested on behalf of the Utah Fuel Company, that the commissioners act immediately on the petitions for the incorporation of Castle Gate and Sunnyside.

Carbon County News
pg 1 April 10, 1913

After apparently keeping his nose out of Carbon county affairs for the past five or six weeks, Mark Braffet again took the field last week to show how far he will go to assist his associates in the Magnolia Trading Company to maintain a monopoly of the liquor and mercantile traffic at Sunnyside and other Utah Fuel camps.

The first the News heard of Mark's new outbreak was when he or some of his gang began fencing Utah Fuel company ground near Sunnyside in a manner to keep people from reaching the Golden Rule company's new store or the liquor houses of Fred Paternoster and J. Scarpino, all located more than a mile west of Sunnyside. When the county commissioners got wind of what was going on, they held a special meeting, with a full board, and dedicated a road from Mounts to Sunnyside that tuns through sections 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 1, township 15 south, range 13 east, and also through sections 32, 29, 20, 16, 17, 8 and 5 township 15 south, range 13 east and also through sections 32, 29, 20, 16, 17, 8 and 5, township 14 south, range 14 east, in Carbon county. When the fence builders discovered what had been done in road dedication, they left a gap in their fence for the road, which was perfectly satisfactory to the commissioners. Guards, armed with rifles, stood watch while the fence was being built.

Baffled by the promptness of the county commissioners, the would-be monopolists in merchandising Wednesday called Deputy County Attorney Frye down from Price and induced him to draw up a warrant for the arrest of J. Scarpino, one of the liquor dealers of that section. Scarpino pays license to sell at wholesale and retail, but he was arrested under the pretense of having illegally peddled beer from his wagon, taken before Justice Mitchell and held for a hearing Friday, under a cash bond of $1,000. Scarpino offered a certified check for $2,000, drawn on the First National bank of Price as a bond for his appearance in court Friday, but Attorney Frye refused to accept it, saying the bank mentioned was nothing but a pawn shop.

Scarpino then went out among his friends and raised the $1,000 required and was released. Next day Scarpino heard that if he drove into Sunnyside with beer he was to be stopped and he and his goods thrown into Sunnyside creek. A lot of his friends also heard the rumor and some three hundred Utah Fuel company miners and coke oven men gathered to see and prevent the attempt at violence. While driving from his saloon to Sunnyside Mr. Scarpino saw three or four men outside the town proper, standing near the road, each carrying a rifle. About the time he came up with the armed men, the miners and coke oven men also arrived and told him to drive on to town; that he would not be molested. He did so and when he arrived in town he saw Braffet and a few other Magnolia officials standing in front of the company saloon, expecting to enjoy the show.

The men who had gathered to protect Scarpino, if need be, then called on Mine Superintendent Bailey and informed him that they proposed to buy their beer and other goods where they pleased and that they objected to the tactics being employed to prevent them doing so. Mr. Bailey informed them that he had nothing to say about where they spent their money; he was looking after the interests of the Utah Fuel Company and had always tried to treat both the company and its employees right.

General Manager H. G. Williams happened to be in town and he told the men that the principal objection he had to Scarpino and others selling liquor in Sunnyside was the fact that liquor was being sold from many private houses in Sunnyside. When informed that this had been the case when the Magnolia company had a monopoly of the liquor traffic, he admitted that was true, but he stated that it had to stop. He also gave his consent for the employees of the company to buy their goods where they pleased. The clown who would like to be a king asked for a few words, but was informed by the miners that they wanted nothing to do with him.

Mr. Scarpino says that while in court, under arrest, he was informed by Mark Braffet that if he would cease selling liquor in Sunnyside, he (Braffet) would have the case against him dismissed.

Scarpino refused to make any promises, whereupon Braffet replied: "Now take a little good advice from me and don't listen to those crazy s-o-b's, Sharp and Hamilton, or you will get into trouble."

Scarpino claims that, in the presence of witnesses, Braffet also informed him that if he couldn't stop him any other way, he would crush his head.

It is quite evident, however, that the "king" was only bluffing, for on Friday when Scarpino appeared for trial, Justice Mitchell informed him that the case was dismissed.

People conversant with the facts expect to hear before long that the Utah Fuel Company officials have withdrawn from the Sunnyside "Boose-trust", as it not likely the Fuel company stockholders will stand to have their present amicable relations with the employees disturbed to further the interest of the Magnolia Trading company.

Carbon County News
pg 1 December 24, 1914

The Utah Fuel company and the Pleasant Valley Coal company, whose supporters have so often contended that said corporation ought to have something to say about the government of Carbon county because they "paid 90 per cent of the taxes of the county" (which assertion is not true as to the proportion of taxes paid) have now gone into the courts to prevent the collection by the county treasurer of taxes owing by said corporations. The papers were issued by Judge Christenson one day last week and were served on County Treasurer Ballinger Monday. They dispute the right of the county commissioners to raise the value of approximately 290 acres to $1,000 per acre and Judge Christenson has issued a temporary restraining order to prevent the treasurer selling the land, as advertised, for delinquent taxes. The date of hearing is Feb. 15, 1915, at which time the treasurer is cited to appear and show cause why said injunction should not be made permanent. The land in question is, according to the claim of the county commissioners, used as town ___ property, and brings in handsome revenues as such. Plaintiffs filed a bond in the sum of $4,000 to indemnify the county in cast the suit is lost by the plaintiffs.

M.P. Braffet, Ferdinand Erickson, and Van Cott, Allison & Ritter are attorneys of record for the plaintiffs in the action.

Present indications are that the county commissioners and treasurer are going to have hard sledding to secure enough funds to run the county for the next few months. More than $12,000 worth of warrants issued during 1912 have so far been turned in on 1914 taxes, the Utah Fuel and the Pleasant Valley Coal company have given evidence that they intend to pay the taxes assessed against them only as a last resort, and a number of the coal companies of the county have paid their taxes under protest, which indicates that they may go into court and ask for rebates on taxes already paid. These protested taxes amount to $18,157.94 and the protests are based on a recent decision of the court of appeals, which says, in effect that ll operating expenses incurred by a company may be deducted from the gross receipts before a company is possessed of net proceeds subject to taxation. The $18,157.94 is based on a net proceeds valuation of $515,614, as fixed by the state board of equalization, and is apportioned among the funds as follows:


School District

While this protested taxation will hit the county commissioners rather hard, it also affects the county high school and various school districts in the county in the amounts shown in the foregoing figures. Other school districts will lose small amounts.

The Carbon County News
pg 2 December 24, 1914

There have been eight contests filed as the result of the November election in Carbon County. Seven contests were filed by candidates on what was known as the "Braffet" ticket, who seek, not to uphold the will of the voters, but to defeat the will of the plurality of the voters of the county. Nowhere in their petition do the contestants claim that the votes have not been properly counted; they do not deny that a plurality of electors voted for those whose seats are being contested, but they do say that because somebody, at some time, in some manner, made a mistake in the manner of dividing Price voting precinct into three districts, the votes of those who voted as they wished in Price precinct should be thrown out and not counted. The charge is also made that the judges of election in helper precinct did not take the oath of office. This maybe true; the writer does not claim to know. But what of it? The contestants do not say that they were cheated in the count in Helper precinct. They complain further, that no railing separated voting booths from the rest of the room. What of that? Did anybody by reason of the lack of a railing, cast an illegal vote? They also charge that William T. Hamilton, candidate for office, assisted in counting the votes. Well, did Hamilton count wrong? Did he cheat any of the candidates? It may have been very foolish and irregular for a candidate to assist the regular judges sin the counting, even when said judges were so tired and sleepy they could not continue the work, but should seven men be deprived of offices to which the voters elected them because of an act of mistaken kindness on the part of Hamilton? If the contestants were asking that the votes fo Helper precinct by recounted, they might have some standing in public opinion, but very few voters, especially in Helper precinct, will believe that throwing out the votes of the precinct is justified by the facts.

And what about Price precinct? C.C. McWhinney, defeated candidate for county attorney, one of the contestants, is city and county attorney and was when Price precinct was subdivided. The mayor who appointed C. C. McWhinney was elected under the same subdivision which obtained when C. C. McWhinney was defeated for county attorney. If the county election of 1914 was illegal, so was the election of 1913, when Mayor Gunderson was elected. If Mayor Gunderson's election was illegal so was the appointment of C. C. McWhinney as city attorney, and his every act as city attorney is null and void, and he should give back to the city every cent he has drawn as salary.

So much for the seven contestants.

There is another contestant for office - - W.K. Henry, defeated progressive-democratic candidate for sheriff. Does Henry ask the court to defeat the will of the voters? Not a bit of it. He comes before the court and says, in effect: "At least ten of my supporters have been counted out of their votes, either through errors or otherwise, and I ask that the court issue an order that the ballots be recounted." That's practically what Mr. Henry's petition means, although the language here used is not so hard to understand as that used by the learned counsel. He does not ask that the 144 votes given Mr. Kelter in Clear Creek be thrown out, or the 221, votes given him at Castle Gate, but he does ask that unbiased representatives of the court count these ballots, along with those cast at Scofield and Winter Quarters, and determine if he (Henry) was credited with all the votes cast for him.

The Braffet seven ask that 1192 voters be disfranchised in order that they may be placed on the salary roll of the county.

W.K. Henry ask only that he be given the votes of those who voted for him. That's the difference between the gang's way and the way of a man who only asks a square deal.

The Sun
7 Jan 1927

Mark P. Braffet Answers Call---Pneumonia Proves Fatal

Mark P. Braffet, aged 56 years, a resident of Carbon county and Utah for the past thirty-four years, most of which time was spent in Salt Lake City, and a member of the Salt Lake bar, died at his home in the Tavern Hotel in Price last Sunday morning from pneumonia, having been ill since Christmas day. He had been in poor health since last August with lumbago and stomach trouble and on Christmas day pneumonia set in and his condition gradually grew worse. His wife and grandson, Robert Braffet, Jr., arrived at his bedside last Wednesday from Oakland, California. A son, Robert I. Braffet, lives in Price and is manager of the Tavern.

The body was prepared for burial by Wallace & Harmon. A short funeral service was held Monday afternoon, conducted by members of the bar and bench of Price. The remains were shipped to the Salt Lake City Tuesday morning, the pallbearers, representing the bar and bench escorting the body to the train. Arriving at Salt Lake City it was taken to the Evans & Early undertaking parlors, where services were held at 2 o'clock of Tuesday afternoon in charge of the Rev. Elmer I. Goshen. Burial in the Braffet family plot in Mt. Olivet cemetery.

Mr. Braffet had been admitted to practice before state and federal courts, including the United States supreme court, and had practiced before all of them. He will be remembered throughout the country for his connection with the case of the United States vs. the Utah Fuel company, a land fraud case involving millions of dollars worth of coal lands which the company was alleged to have secured through misrepresentation. During his services as attorney for the Utah Fuel several of the concern's highest officials were indicted. He effected a settlement, entirely favorable to his company, in conference with Attorney General Wickersham.

In the little town of Pawpaw, Ills., Braffet was born on April 12, 1870, the son of Dr. J. H. and Ellen Billings Braffet. It was there that he received his common school education. The early years of his life were spent as telegrapher and mine superintendent in Illinois. In his early twenties he started West as telegrapher on railroads until he reached Washington, where he remained a short time before coming to Utah, in 1892. Following his usual vocation Braffet worked at various points along the Denver and Rio Grande, finally locating at Scofield as agent. In 1893 he married Hannah Johnson of Spanish Fork.

Deceased was the first county clerk ever elected in Carbon county, being chosen from Scofield to succeed Harry A. Nelson, who first held the position under appointment. While serving as county clerk he studied law. He was later admitted to the bar in Utah, and practiced at Price until 1900, when he was employed as attorney for the Utah Fuel company at Salt Lake City. His first big task with this company was the settlement of the Scofield mine disaster claims arising out of the death of two hundred men. Scores of other big cases featured by the land fraud suit marked his seventeen years of service as the fuel company's attorney.

When he resigned this position Braffet went into a partnership with S. A. King, and the two later combined with R. G. Schulder. This firm lasted for three years. Upon its desolation, he went to New York and Chicago, practicing his profession there and in other eastern cities for three years. He returned to Utah three or four years ago and located at Price. Since then he had been active in law work, being in partnership with Knox Patterson of Moab for about a year.

For many years Braffet was one of the political powers in Carbon county. About 1915 he was president of the Salt Lake mining exchange. The actual extent of his holdings is unknown although his interests in real estate, mining, oil and coal lands are said to run into the hundreds of thousands. He had a quarter interest in the Willow Creek coal mine, property known as Utah Fuel Mine No. 2, and had large oil holdings around Vernal, Moab and the Colorado river. He had one of the finest private law libraries in the state.

Surviving, his widow, are a daughter, Mrs. R. F. White, of Oakland and his two sons, R. I. Braffet of Price and J. H. Braffet of Oakland; a brother, W. C. Braffet, of Salt Lake City, and a sister, Mrs. S. D. Stevens of Aurora, Ills.

If you are related to this family please contact Don Braffitt. Here are two web pages you can visit to learn more about this family. Hannah Johnson Braffit - and - Hannah Johnson

News Advocate
pg 1 April 8, 1927

This article has a black line down the edge of the page and many words can't be read. If you would like to read please visit the University of Utah Marriott Library web page.

News Advocate
pg 5 April 15, 1927

Decision of the court of appeals of the District of Columbia does not end the Braffet coal land case, according to dispatches from Washington, D.C. The interior department is not going to let the case rest on this decision, but will seek to have it reviewed by the supreme court of the United States, hopeful of there winning in a contest that has already run over nine years.

The interior department will file petition for writ of _____, asking the supreme court to review the decisions of the lower courts, and it will then be for the supreme court to say whether or not it will bear the appeal.

Law officers of the interior department naturally disagree with the decision of the court of appeals and hold that Braffet initiated no rights, when in 1918, he sought to purchase what is now known to be one of the richest quarters sections of coal land in all the west. The department contends that at the time Braffet filed his application the character of the land was not known and, therefore, it lying within a school section, title presumptively was in the state. And not being known coal land, under department practice, the land was not open to purchase under the then existing coal land law.

If the government contention should prevail in the supreme court the land in controversy would not go to the state, but in all probability would be leased to the Pleasant Valley Coal company, which now holds a lease which the court of appeals holds is ineffective.

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Cunningham Collection

Who is Mrs. Grundy?

Beginning on March 26, 1914 there appeared in the Carbon County Newspaper, weekly or biweekly, a poem written by "Mrs. Grundy". I made an attempt to learn more about "Mrs. Grundy" but was unable to learn very much. I don't know where he or she appeared from or where he or she disappeared to. Following are a few newspaper clippings that refer to Grundy in the Carbon County area. They don't give very much information about this individual so if anyone has any information about "Mrs. Grundy" please e-mail Kathy Hamaker. Thank you.

7 May 1914, Eastern Utah Advocate
If Mrs. Grundy will just poke his head over the breastworks for a minute and show himself from behind Benfer's skirts .The Advocate will take considerable pleasure in putting him on the firing list. There to be those kind of people who prefer to sulk under cover and let someone else pull the chestnuts. That same difference, however, is not noticeable when any chestnuts are pulled.

9 Jul 1914, Eastern Utah Advocate
Poem - The Chestnut Man - Signed by Silas Grundy
Following the poem is says: It will be no particular surprise to Price people to learn that Silas has entered divorce proceedings against Mrs. Grundy on the ground of incompatibility of temper. The complaint also contains other more serious charges. A number of residents hereabouts have been named as co-respondents. Ed.

29 Oct 1914 Carbon County News
Mrs. Hannah Grundy, one of the most loyal friends of the news returned Monday from a trip to Grand Junction and Fruita, Colorado.

November 5, 1915, Eastern Utah Advocate
Has Benfer lost the services of the erudite Mrs. Grundy? Or was she (or he) so busy directing the affairs of the bull moose party that she (or he) was unable to devote any time to the composition of verse?


The following poems copied from the Carbon County News are in the archives of Frances Cunningham. Some of these poems refer to Mark Braffet the first Carbon County Clerk. Visit this webpage to learn more about Mark Braffet. If you would like to read others visit the University of Utah Marriott Library newspaper archives. If you know any details about "Mrs. Grundy" please e-mail Kathy Hamaker. Thank you.