New Acquisition: Newspapers

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Are you frustrated with your research? Need another avenue to explore? We have a new acquisition that may help!

Salt Lake County Archives recently acquired copies of two Utah newspapers and two national newspapers:

  • The Deseret News, 1867-January 2015
  • The Salt Lake Tribune, 1959 – January 2015
  • The New York Times, 1852-2003
  • The Wall Street Journal, 1972-2004

All newspapers are on microfilm, with the exclusion of the indexes for the New York Times which are available in volumes.  The Salt Lake County Library System had been the custodian of the microfilm for many years, but transferred the newspapers to add to the resources for research for patrons at the Archives.

To set up an appointment to view the newspapers, please contact us!  385-468-0820 or archives@slco.org.

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Prison Turned Park

As the Utah State Prison potentially faces a third move in its 160 year history, many have plans for the site.  After the relocation of the Utah State Prison from its first location along 2100 South 1400 East in Salt Lake City to its current Bluffdale site, some of the original intent for that vacated site was much different than the Sugar House Park that now exists:

February 1951
The Utah State Prison in Sugar House was closed in February 1951 after a new prison was completed in Bluffdale at Point of the Mountain at the south end of Salt Lake Valley. The original prison in Sugar House was completed in 1857 as the territorial prison. After its closure in 1951, the prison property, consisting of 180 acres, remained in state ownership and various proposals were considered by the state legislature during its 1951 session. Ownership of the site passed to Salt Lake City for use as a public park. The original intent was to allow the Sons of Utah Pioneers move its museum collection to the property and establish a pioneer village. About 118 acres would be devoted to the pioneer village, with another 30 acres being used for a new Salt Lake City high school. The remainder, about 30 acres, would be used by the state highway department for a new super highway. (Deseret News, January 9, 1951; March 15, 1951; April 21, 1954). Source: Utahrails.net

Take a look back at this 1956 map that shows some of the original plans for the former prison site/current Sugar House Park:

Preliminary Study for Land Use of Prison Site Property for the Development of a City park, 1956.

Preliminary study for land use of prison site property for the development of a city park, 1956.

Preliminary study for land use of prisn site property for the development of a city park, 1956.

Preliminary study for land use of pris0n site property for the development of a city park, 1956.

Sources:

For more information about the history of the Utah State Prison, check out:

http://www.archives.state.ut.us/research/agencyhistories/790.html

http://utahrails.net/utahrails/utah-territorial-prison.php

Preliminary study for land use of prison site property for the development of a city park, 1956. RM 020. Salt Lake County Archives.  

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More Than Just Pickles

741 South 400 West, image taken in 1936. Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Photographs, parcel 15-12-130-016.

741 South 400 West, image taken in 1936. Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Photographs.

The Utah Pickle Company building located at 741 South 400 West is much beloved by many citizens of the Salt Lake Valley and beyond.  Most of the building was constructed in 1894 (see the plot plan below for details), and it still plays a vital role in the community.  In years past the building housed artists and hosted art events, and it is within the Granary District which is currently undergoing plans for redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization.

The image above is definitely worth enlarging and taking a closer look.  Some of the details to be seen include the rows of barrels on the loading dock, and what I am pretty certain is the word “Mustard” painted on the front (look above the chalkboard with the tax number written on it).  The company may not have been limited to producing just pickles, or it is a remnant from an earlier time.  In fact, the 1906 Salt Lake City Directory lists the “Mount Pickle Company” operating in this building, and they were manufacturers of “Pickles, Mustards, Sauces, Baked Pork and Beans, and Vinegar.”

The 1898 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for Salt Lake City shows the “Grant Soap Company” conducting its business in this building at that time.

Who will the next occupants be?  Stay tuned for the next chapter in the story of this historical building.

Tax Appraisal Card, 1936. 1-383.

Tax Appraisal Card from 1936 showing the building dimensions and the built date for each section. Serial 1-383.

Utah Pickle Company in 1977.

Utah Pickle Company in 1977.

Sources:

Salt Lake City, Utah, City Directory, 1906. R.L. Polk and Co. Ancestry.com, accessed 04/24/2015.

Salt Lake City, Utah, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, 1898.  J. Willard Marriott Digital Library, University of Utah, accessed 04/24/2015.

Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Cards and Photographs, Parcel 15-12-130-016; serial 1-383.  

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The Circus (was) Coming

563 West 100 South 1936, 1-2376, built circa 1886 (2)

563 West 100 South. Image taken in October 1936.

A Cole Bros. Circus advertisement was pasted on to this building sometime between 1935 and October 1936. Clyde Beatty, famous wild animal trainer, joined the circus in 1935 and his name is featured on the poster.  The Salt Lake County tax assessor visited this building in October 1936, taking the above image (complete with pedestrian).

The Cole Bros. Circus was started by W.W. Cole in 1884, venturing out to perform in the West in the 1920s, and is still in operation today. Over the years the circus featured such performers as the Great Wallendas, the Cristiani Family bareback riders, and even Burt Lancaster performed on the trapeze. Check out more of the history of this long running circus.

This building was located at 563 West 100 South in Salt Lake City.  Built circa 1886, the front was a brick 2 story, with a single story adobe section on the back.  When the above image was taken in 1936 it was owned by Helena B. Tracy. It was torn down by 1967.

Sources:

Cole Bros. Circus history webpage, accessed 04/07/2015.

Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Cards and Photographs, 1-2376.

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Ode to Snow

46 South Smokey Lane, Emigration Canyon, 1984, Planning Photos coll

Emigration Canyon, 1984. Salt Lake County Planning and Development photograph collection.

 

This house up Emigration Canyon Road is located between Pioneer Gulch and Sheep Gulch.  The canyon and house were hit with multiple snowstorms in the winter of 1984, as this photograph shows.

Thank goodness this little girl was up to the job of digging it all out.

Source: This image was discovered recently while processing a large collection of photographs carefully gathered by Salt Lake County Planning and Development and sent to the Archives.  The collection contains images of residential and commercial buildings from the 1950s-2000s.  

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To continue the story….

Josephine Taylor, daughter of Louisa Capener and Joseph E. Taylor (and subjects of the previous blog entry), married Dr. William F. Beer.  Dr. Beer (1870-1949) was a graduate of George Washington Medical School and a prominent Salt Lake City physician.  He was in charge of the medical care for German prisoners of war at Fort Douglas during World War I, and was later awarded the Iron Cross for successfully bringing all prisoners through the influenza epidemic.

The Beers hired architect Richard K.A. Kletting to design their new house at 181 B Street in Salt Lake City in 1898/1899. Kletting was the most prominent architect in Salt Lake history (designing the Utah State Capitol building, among many other projects in the West and around the world).

Article from the Salt Lake Tribune, November 19, 1899.

Article from the Salt Lake Tribune, November 19, 1899.

181 B Street plot plan, 1936.

181 B Street plot plan, 1936. Tax Appraisal Cards, serial 04-607.

Later in her life, Josephine Taylor Beer’s mother, Louisa Capener Taylor, moved out of her house at 237 East 100 South and moved in with her daughter and son-in-law at 181 B Street.

Josephine and William F. Beer also built a carriage house and livery on the property in 1899. According to the National Register of Historic Places nomination form for 181 B Street:

“Area residents describe it as originally a two-story brick structure with a steeple on top. Dimensions were approximately 47’ x 40’ and it was used to shelter (at least) nine draft/riding horses, cattle, chickens, rabbits, etc., two buggies, as a residence for the caretakers. The structure was cut in half about World War I, for use as a garage.”

Carriage house/livery at 222 Fourth Avenue. Photo taken in 1936. Tax Appraisal Photographs, serial 04-605.

Carriage house/livery on 181 B Street property. Official address 222 Fourth Avenue. Photo taken in 1936. Tax Appraisal Photographs, serial 04-605.

Sources:

National Register of Historic Places nomination form, 181 B Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.  

“New Residence of Dr. W.F. Beer,” Salt Lake Tribune, November 19, 1899. Accessed via Utah Digital Newspapers.

Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Cards and Photographs, parcel 09-31-338-004 and 09-31-338-006; serial 04-605 and 04-607. Salt Lake County Archives.  

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Lost House: 237 East 100 South

237 East 100 South.  Photograph taken in 1936. Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Cards, serial 1-2643.

237 East 100 South. Photograph taken in 1936. Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Cards, serial 1-2643.

In 1936, Josephine L. (Taylor) Beer owned this residence at 237 East 100 South. A ten room, two-story house built in approximately 1871, it had previously been owned and occupied by Josephine’s mother, Louisa (Capener) Taylor.

Louisa’s father, William Capener, was a master cabinet maker from England who traveled on a trip to New York City in 1834.  He liked what he saw and his wife and children soon joined him to make the United States their permanent home. Capener worked as a carpenter in the shipyards of Cleveland, Ohio, and was converted to the L.D.S. religion by a Cleveland neighbor. The family was ready to travel to Utah, but Brigham Young asked them to stay and provide shelter to the many immigrants and missionaries traveling through the region. The Capener family were financially prosperous in Ohio, but finally in 1852 left behind a house with large gardens. Multiple wagons packed full of their belongings crossed the plains to Utah, including a melodeon (organ) which Louisa adored and regularly played. Reportedly the first melodeon to arrive in Salt Lake, Brigham Young convinced William Capener to sell it to him, much to the chagrin of Louisa.

William Capener purchased property in the 300 East block of 100 South of Salt Lake City, and reportedly established the first cabinet shop in Utah.  William’s wife was Sarah Verrinder, a cultured woman who had been a seamstress to nobility in England and spoke fluent French (according to daughter Louisa’s reminiscences).

Their daughter Louisa Capener married Joseph E. Taylor, and he joined her father as a cabinet maker. In 1860, Louisa and Joseph Taylor were living in the residence of Louisa’s parents.  Soon afterward, according to family history, Louisa grasped another opportunity for the family.  As Louisa’s daughter, Elizabeth, recalled:

President Brigham Young announced from the stand in Sunday afternoon meeting in the old Tabernacle that Jessie C. Little, City Sexton, had asked to be released as he did not like “burying the dead.” President Young asked if anyone present would volunteer to take his place. My mother, Louisa R. Capener Taylor, was present at the meeting, and the thought came to her that her husband could fulfill the vacancy. That evening she suggested the same to her husband, Joseph E. Taylor, who went to President Young and offered to take the job and was accepted. Plans were made for father to dig the graves, and my grandfather, William Capener, who was a cabinet maker and established in the furniture manufacturing business, was to make the coffins.

My mother [Louisa Capener Taylor] would assist in preparing the bodies for burial. These were times when some of the people were in such poor circumstances they could not purchase burial clothes. My mother would take her linen sheets or other suitable cloth, some of which was brought across the plains, and supply the clothing.

Joseph E. Taylor became the City’s most prominent undertaker, and was also the Salt Lake City cemetery’s sexton.

Later, Louisa Capener Taylor divorced Joseph E. Taylor and ran her own household at 237 East 100 South until the 1920s, just down the street from where her parents first settled.  She later moved in with her daughter, Josephine and husband, Dr. William F. Beer. Josephine inherited 237 East 100 South, the third generation to continue the family’s stewardship of buildings on 100 South.  The property was later sold to St. Mark’s Episcopal Parish (the Cathedral Church of St. Mark had always been next door), and the house was torn down in 1951.

Sanborn map from 1889 showing the 200 East block along 100 South, including the 237 East residence and Joseph E. Taylor’s company (click the image to enlarge):

1889 Salt Lake City Sanborn  Fire Insurance Map showing 237 East 100 South and Joseph Taylor's business.

1889 Salt Lake City Sanborn Fire Insurance Map showing 237 East 100 South and Joseph Taylor’s business.

Sources (for details contact the Archives):

Census records: Utah, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, 1860-1930. 

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Salt Lake City, 1889, sheet 016.  Mountain West Digital Library. Accessed 01/29/2015.

“Joseph E. Taylor bows head under weight of many years hard toil,” Salt Lake Herald, 1913-02-19. Utah Digital Newspapers. Accessed 01/29/2015.

“William Capener Family History” by Lucile Hanks Brown White. Accessed 01/29/2015.

Tax Appraisal Cards and Photographs, 237 East 100 South, serial 1-2643. Salt Lake County Archives. 

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