Florence Kimball Woodruff

P.H. Lannan, recent subject of one of our blog posts, purchased the Commerce Building on the corner of Second Street and West Temple in 1901 for around $90,000. We also recently featured a piece on Henry H. Lawrence, one of the owners who sold the building to Lannan. Lawrence’s niece, Florence Kimball Woodruff, was another of the owners. We were not able to find as much information on her as the two men, but she seems like a fascinating woman.

She was born in Utah in the early 1860s and passed away in October of 1924. She was married to Russell C. Woodruff in 1892 and was widowed just 5 years later (we have her wedding license here at Salt Lake County Archives, and an image of it is included below). The wedding announcement in the Salt Lake Herald describe Woodruff as a comparative stranger, but went on to say he was a “sterling business man.” Meanwhile, the description of Florence was glowing: “Miss Kimball, who has lived always in Salt Lake, is universally popular for her intelligence and many noble and womanly attributes. Her indefatigable interest and activity in behalf of the poor have endeared her to all alike.”

Florence and Woodruff had two children, Russell and Adelaide. They would have been three and one respectively when they lost their father. Russell would go on to marry Margaret Mcintyre in 1917 and have at least four children. Adelaide married a New York stockbroker, had two children, and passed away in 1930.

The Woodruffs were regularly featured in the society pages; Adelaide’s picture graced the Salt Lake Telegram’s pages at least twice. Florence and Adelaide were both involved in charitable work and traveled extensively. They spent a great deal of time on the East Coast and made more than one lengthy trip to Europe. Florence also went to the Mediterranean, Egypt, and the Holy Land. She even made it to Alaska. However, not all of her trips went smoothly. She was injured in an auto crash while in Los Angeles, California and suffered a broken arm. The woman she was with fared worse, likely because she, Mrs. Sarah McChrystal, saw the crash coming and tried to jump out of the car, even though she was 71 years old. She landed on the other car involved, was knocked out and ended up with three broken ribs and several cuts and abrasions.

In addition to her charity work, Florence was involved in women’s clubs, particularly the Ladies’ Literary Club. She also loved art and was part of that scene as well, including involvement in planning an exhibit for Utah artists. In 1907, she also tried to make things easier for working women by contributing to improvements to the YWCA, so that women would have a safe comfortable place to rest, eat, and socialize while passing through Salt Lake or those who had business in the city but who lived too far out to go home for lunch. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, “This step is designed to meet a long felt need in this city, and the venture is certainly one deserving highest commendation and most hearty support.” Salt Lake wasn’t the only city that benefited from Woodruff’s generosity. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that she “was one of those rendering valuable assistance to the refugees,” of the deadly 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Florence Kimball Woodruff passed away on October 9th, 1924 after a short illness. Her obituary mentioned that she came “from old pioneer stock” and that she was an important and active member of the Ladies Literary Club as well as other clubs in Salt Lake. She was survived by her two children.

Marriage License, Salt Lake County Archives.

Marriage License for Russell Woodruff and Julia Florence Kimball, 25 April 1892.  Marriage Applications and Licenses, License #2688. Salt Lake County Archives.

Entry contributed by Dr. Michaele Smith,  Archivist,  Salt Lake County Archives.

Sources:

“The Close of Lent,” Salt Lake Herald, April 17, 1892, 14.

“Former S. L. Woman Dies in New Jersey,” Salt Lake Telegram, January 10, 1930, 17.

“Popular Members of Young Society Set Learn How to Cook and Manage a House,” Salt Lake Telegram, March 26, 1916, 3.

“Miss Adelaide Woodruff,” Salt Lake Telegram, June 27, 1915, 14.

“Society,” Salt Lake Herald, August 16, 1908, 8.

“Salt Lake Women Hurt in Auto Crash on Coast,” Salt Lake Tribune, July 20, 1915, 1.

“Woman’s Club Notes,” Salt Lake Herald, January 26, 1902, 10.

“Utah Artists Exhibit,” Ogden Standard, December 7, 1904, 6.

“New Headquarters for Women Workers,” Salt Lake Tribune, May 20, 1907, 10.

“All Newspapers were Wrecked,” Salt Lake Tribune, April 27, 1906, 1.

“Death Claims Mrs. Woodruff,” Salt Lake Telegram, October 10, 1924, 2.

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“Marriage is the Only Future Open to a Woman with a Past”

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Ross M Bonny and Mrs. Amy Helen Hill, “Her Love Repulsed Woman Kills Lawyer, Salt Lake Herald, November 10, 1916, 1.

One hundred years ago today, November 9, 1916, a murder took place in the Kearns Building in downtown Salt Lake City. Mrs. Amy Helen Hill killed attorney Ross M. Bonny in his office, in front of his sister, Mrs. Winnie Vincent. The two women had been visiting Bonny, pleading with him to make an honest woman of Mrs. Hill, a divorcee who had spent the last five years living with Mr. Bonny. Bonny decided he no longer wanted to listen to the women and got up to leave. One newspaper story claimed he told them he was going to Midvale to spend time with the woman he had left Hill for, another divorcee. Before he could put on his jacket and hat, Hill had pulled a gun out of her muff and shot him in the head. Mrs. Vincent tried to take the gun from her, but Hill hung on to it, stood over Bonny and shot him again. She then seemed to come to her senses, ran out into the hall, where, frantic, she told the elevator operator that she had shot Mr. Bonny and asked for help. He took the gun from her and called for assistance. Police arrived shortly thereafter and took Mrs. Hill into custody.

Once in police custody Mrs. Hill fell apart, they questioned her and she readily admitted what she’d done and offered an explanation. Mrs. Hill had grown infatuated with Bonny several years before and, with his encouragement, she left her husband and four children and moved in with him. At first she pretended to be his maid, but overtime and after a move, people assumed they were married. Bonny helped her secure a divorce. Her husband was outraged, but came to terms with her departure and moved their children to Idaho where he eventually remarried. Hill expressed incredible guilt over leaving her family especially after one of her daughters died unexpectedly. To make matters worse, Bonny did not live up to his end of the bargain and never married her, even though she may have been pregnant at the time of the murder. His sister even tried to convince him to marry Hill. She later testified in court, “I urged my brother to marry Mrs. Hill because that would wipe the slate clean for both of them… Marriage is the only future open to a woman with a past.” Bonny was unyielding and seems to have moved on to another divorcée, who he had also helped obtain a divorce. Hill was devastated and may have been driven to murder after seeing Bonny with his new paramour. After questioning Hill, police placed her in a cell, but kept a close eye on her. They may have been worried she would collapse or try suicide in her distressed state.

Bonny had a bit of a checkered past himself. In addition to dating his clients, he also got into trouble with authorities after helping an accused white slaver to marry the key witness against him, ensuring that she could not be compelled to testify against him in court. He sneaked the woman into the jail and while officers weren’t paying attention held a quick marriage service right there in the visitor’s room. He bragged to journalists that he had done the same thing at least once before. Even so, his death was mourned by many. His funeral was well attended and his family expressed gratitude for all the people who attended his funeral and those who sent floral arrangements. One of his eulogists, Judge J. W. McKinney “told of how Mr. Bonny had started out in life as a poor boy and reached a place in a high profession by dint of hard labor and great sacrifice. He declared that the manner in which Mr. Bonny had educated himself and become a member of the bar was an object lesson for every poor boy in the land.”

Authorities quickly charged Hill with first degree murder. She sunk into a deep depression. In her various court hearings she sat silently or sobbed quietly. According to the newspaper, people who went to the trial hoping for a show, or at least some salacious details, were disappointed as she didn’t testify and she was such a pathetic figure. She only inspired pity. Even Bonny’s sister who witnessed the murder was sympathetic. After testifying at the coroner’s inquest she embraced Hill. The Salt Lake Telegram reported that, “they conversed for a while, between their sobs, and the only words to be distinguished were Mrs. Hill’s oft repeated, ‘It can’t be true – he is gone – gone.’”
Bonny’s brother, F.F. Bonny, also expressed sympathy towards Mrs. Hill. He told the Salt Lake Tribune, “I want the woman to know… that we hope she will take the matter as lightly as possible. We bear no malice toward her. My brother and she occasionally came out to our house and they seemed on good terms. My brother was a good boy. He was of kindly disposition, and the family feels that the crime was committed at a time when the woman did not realize what she was doing.”

Both the prosecuting and defense attorneys professed that the case would be an easy victory and in a way they were both right. Hill was convicted, but of a lesser offense and only received a 9 month sentence since she had been in jail for several months between the murder and her conviction. Apparently even this short sentence was too much as the board of parole declared that she should be freed immediately when her case came before them.

We first came across news of this murder while doing research for the blog post on the Sandercock murder that took place in 1911. Hill and one of Sandercock’s murderers, McVey, came before the parole board at the same time. The mention of a notorious female murderer caught our attention. We not only did research in the Utah Digital Newspapers, we also looked on the Salt Lake County Archives online death certificates and found Bonny’s.

Bonny's death certificate. Salt Lake County Archives.

Bonny’s death certificate. Salt Lake County Archives.

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Photo by Michaele Smith, taken October 21, 2016

Entry contributed by Dr. Michaele Smith,  Archivist,  Salt Lake County Archives.

Sources:

“Slayer of Bonny Brought to Trial,” Salt Lake Telegram, November 22, 1916, 2.

“Mrs. Hill Arraigned on Murder Charge,” Salt Lake Herald, November 15, 1916, 14.

“Earl Evans May Have the Indian Sign on Uncle Sam in Alleged White Slavery,” Salt Lake Telegram, November 9, 1914, 5.

“Couple Married Secretly in Jail,” Salt Lake Telegram, September 19, 1914, 10.

“Springville Shows Respect for Bonny,” Salt Lake Tribune, November 13, 1916, 12.

“Bonny’s Slayer Files Plea of Not Guilty,” Salt Lake Telegram, November 14, 1916, 10.

“Slayer of Bonny Pleads Not Guilty,” Salt Lake Tribune, January 14, 1917, 38.

Dolly Dale, “Bonny’s Sister Embraces His Slayer at Inquest,” Salt Lake Telegram, November 11, 1916, 2.

“Ross M. Bonny is Killed by Mrs. Amy Hill,” Salt Lake Tribune, November 10, 1916, 1 and 3.

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P.H. Lannan

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“Committee Appointed,” Salt Lake Herald, April 29, 1897, 8

As we continue to expand upon the people and places appearing in the new “Ghosts of West Temple” online exhibit, this week we focus on businessman P.H. Lannan.

We recently featured a piece on Henry H. Lawrence, one of the owners of the Tribune Building (aka the Commerce Building) on the corner of Second South and West Temple. In 1901 he and the other owners sold the building to P.H. Lannan for around $90,000.

P. H. Lannan was born in Ireland in 1839 and immigrated to the United States sometime before 1870, setting up businesses in at least a couple of states before coming to Utah. His first appearance in Utah newspapers details the fight over the location of his butcher shop. When he first came to Utah, all butchers were relegated to the central market on First South and Main Street, as it was illegal for butchers to do business anywhere else. Lannan must not have liked this law because he opened a shop farther down on Main Street. He was arrested and fined, but upon his release he immediately opened up another shop also outside of the central market and was arrested again. This pattern repeated itself several more times and he appealed his cases and the law was finally changed. According to a newspaper outside of Utah the trouble he experienced was because he was a “gentile,” meaning a non-Mormon. The Truckee Rep. (possibly the Truckee Republican, a Californian paper) reported “his business interfered with Zion’s Co-operative Association, and the Mormons ordered him to cease that kind of business. Lannan, believing Salt Lake to be in the United States of America, refused to entertain such an order. For refusing to obey Brigham Young & Co., he was served with no less than seventeen warrants and covered with fines until he could hardly ‘see out.’” The Deseret News begged to differ and the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers offered another explanation – that is, it was a matter of location not religion that was at the heart of the matter. It was likely some combination of the two.

In addition to his work in the meat industry, Lannan purchased real estate, most notably the Commerce Building. He rented out portions of the building to various businesses, but he also opened a hotel there in 1904, the St. Nicholas Hotel. You can see a picture of the building around that time on the newly expanded Ghosts of West Temple exhibit. It was on the corner of West Temple and Second South.

Lannan also held an interest in (and managed) the Salt Lake Tribune which he bought from George W. Reed in 1882. Lannan sold his interest in 1901 around the same time that he purchased the Commerce Building.

Lannan became a favorite target of the Salt Lake Herald and the Deseret News, which often poked fun at his weight. One article in 1876 implied that he was as big as a horse, reporting, “There is a very generally expressed desire in this city to have Centennial Policeman P.H. Lannan appear in his uniform… We suggest that he exhibit himself in his new harness on the stage of the theatre some evening this week.”

Lannan received positive press too. The Salt Lake Tribune detailed an “anti-state meeting,” explaining the members were opposed to Utah being run as a theocracy (recent blog subject H. W. Lawrence was also involved in this movement). This article reported that Pat Lannan was voted one of the Vice Presidents of the committee and noted, “by the way the audience shouted for [him] … it is evident that our friend Pat is a very popular man and esteemed a good worker in a political party.” He was involved in politics, running for different offices or petitioning for territorial posts before Utah became a state.

Lannan played an important role in states outside of Utah as well. He was a member of the Idaho Irrigation and Colonization Company, “which built the first irrigation canal from the Boise river toward the Snake river. This project developed a large section of Idaho.” He also traveled to Chicago to secure a prime location for an exhibit on the Utah Territory during the World’s Fair of 1893. The statue of Brigham Young which now sits atop the Pioneer Monument in Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City was first on exhibit during the World’s Fair. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Lannan also contributed to the fund to build the monument.

Lannan’s mother died in January 1898. Her obituary mentions that Lannan was with her at the time of her death. The Salt Lake Herald reported that Mrs. Julia Lannan was “a highly respected lady and left a life record filled with good deeds.” Lannan was one of her three children; she had another son, Martin, who was also a businessman, and a daughter who was a nun in Maryland.

Lannan passed away in Los Angeles on November 6, 1925 and left a large estate which was divided between his surviving family members. In the last decades of his life his appearance in Utah newspapers diminished, but the Salt Lake Telegram noted, “P.H. Lannan, better known as ‘the Bishop,’ can be found most any evening seated in front of the big fireplace in the [Jonathan] club headquarters surrounded by a coterie of admiring friends. Although Mr. Lannan has rounded his eighty-first birthday, he is very apt at story telling and it is considered a real treat to be one of his listeners.”

Entry contributed by Dr. Michaele Smith,  Archivist,  Salt Lake County Archives.

Sources:

“Local and Other Matters,” Deseret News, November 27, 1872, 7.

Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Tales of a Triumphant People: A History of Salt Lake County, Utah 1847-1900, (Utah: Daughters of Utah Pioneers; 2nd Edition, 1995), 296-298.

“Local News,” Intermountain Catholic, October 26, 1901, 4.

“Death of Mrs. Lannan,” Salt Lake Herald, January 7, 1898, 8.

“Pat and His Uniform,” Salt Lake Herald, May 4, 1876, 3.

“Local Matters,” Salt Lake Tribune, March 18, 1872, 3.

“At the Capital,” Salt Lake Herald, April 11, 1886, 12.

“Former Governor of Utah is Dead,” Mt Pleasant Pyramid, September 19, 1924, 6.

“The Pioneers’ Monument,” Salt Lake Tribune, January 7, 1895, 8.

“P.H. Lannan Will Filed for Probate,” Salt Lake Telegram, December 31, 1925, 3.

“Has Note About P.H. Lannan,” Salt Lake Telegram, April 21, 1921, 6.

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Ghosts of West Temple, Continued

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In celebration of Utah Archives Month, Salt Lake County Archives presents a new online exhibit, the “Ghosts of West Temple II.”

Ghosts of West Temple II expands on the first exhibit released in 2015. Continuing south along West Temple from South Temple to 200 South, this new exhibit focuses on providing a view of some of the families and businesses that once existed along this street from approximately 1850-1940s.

This area initially contained the houses of some prominent families of Utah, including Wilford Woodruff, Sarah Brackett Carter Foss, and Jesse W. Fox. Later, it became a business district, with hotels, stables, a mortuary, and automobile and furniture dealers. There was even a building that was constructed as a hot springs pool, then housed a panorama of Gettysburg, a roller skating rink, a dance hall, and finally became a drill hall for the National Guard.

Join us as we continue to explore the history of West Temple at http://slco.org/archives/.

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H.W. Lawrence

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Image from the Salt Lake Tribune, 09-24-1900.

While doing research for the soon to be released expanded Ghosts of West Temple online exhibit, we came across many intriguing stories that couldn’t all fit in the exhibit. We thought we would share some of those stories on this blog.

In 1880, a building was erected at the corner of West Temple and Second South.  Since the Salt Lake Tribune had its offices there, it became known as the Tribune Building. In 1891, the Tribune relocated and the building became known as the Commerce Building.[1] The building went through different owners and held many interesting businesses. We are going to highlight a few here, beginning with early Salt Lake businessman Henry W. Lawrence.

In 1901, the building’s owners, Henry W. Lawrence, Florence K. Woodruff, and Frank Godbe sold the building to P.H. Lannan for around $90,000.

Henry W. Lawrence was born in Ontario, Canada on July 13, 1835. When he was thirteen his family moved to Nauvoo, Illinois and became Mormons. In 1850, his family migrated to Utah along with around 260 people led by the Edward Hunter Company.

Lawrence was around 15 years old when he arrived in Utah. When he was a young man he began clerking in his brother-in-law, Hiram Kimball’s store. Lawrence later married Kimball’s niece, Jeanette. He became Kimball’s partner in 1859 and the two men ran a successful mercantile, Kimball & Lawrence, until Kimball died in November 1871. Lawrence continued to run the store under the same name after Kimball’s death.

The Salt Lake Herald reported that “Mr. Kimball has been in the valley many years; he never was a Mormon nor professed any belief in its faith, but he was an honorable man, a peaceable citizen and upright in all his dealings.”[2]

On the other hand, Lawrence seems to have embraced Mormonism, as he became a confidant of Brigham Young, paid his tithing, and became a polygamist (he had two wives). Over time, however, he began to question the church. While it is unclear, he may have continued to believe in most of the tenets of the LDS Church, but began to question Brigham Young’s leadership. Lawrence got involved with the Utah Magazine, the precursor of the Salt Lake Tribune, which at least in part lead to his excommunication. The magazine published an article which upset church leaders, many of the people involved were excommunicated right away, and others were called to testify as to whether they agreed with the article. Lawrence testified that he did indeed agree and was given some time to think about his stance. Brigham Young met with him and spent several hours trying to convince Lawrence to come around. After much introspection Lawrence decided to stand by his testimony and was excommunicated.

Lawrence became associated with the Godbeites, a dissident group who took exception to how Brigham Young was running the church, among other things. They were especially upset with the co mingling of church and church leaders’ personal finances. Lawrence and other leading Godbeites sued for return of all of the tithing they had paid unless Young could prove that none of the money went to him. The settlement of the case is unknown. We also don’t know what happened to Lawrence’s second wife. He was a polygamist and remained so after his split with the church, but his first wife, Jeanette Kimball Lawrence, is the only one mentioned throughout much of the remaining documents.

Lawrence was more focused on politics and played important roles in several political movements in Utah, including the Liberal Party, the People’s Party (Populism), and Socialism. He ran for office numerous times, although early on he was usually defeated, which did not come as a surprise to him. He ran even though he knew he would lose because he wanted to address a problem he saw in Utah politics. Much of his split with the church was because he took issue with the territory, then state, being run as a theocracy. Early on when voters went to cast their ballots they were often only given one choice for each office and could then either vote yea or nay, but either way the person running was guaranteed a win.

Before Lawrence split with the LDS Church, he was involved in much of church affairs, including the founding of ZCMI. According to the Deseret News, at a meeting of stockholders of the Co-operative Institution Lawrence offered to sell to them the entire stock that Kimball & Lawrence owned of the new store they had recently opened in Provo. The article noted, “The business done by this store since it was opened has been excellent, and it was made with a view to aid the cooperative movement.”[3]

Lawrence passed away in April 1924. According to his biographers, “As a person of vision and courage, Henry Lawrence was a man of considerable importance in Utah, and his present relative obscurity is undeserved.”[4]

Entry contributed by Dr. Michaele Smith,  Archivist,  Salt Lake County Archives.

[1] “The Salt Lake Tribune,” The Salt Lake Tribune, January 1, 1891.

[2] “Died,” Salt Lake Herald, November 11, 1871.

[3] “Co-operative at Provo,” Deseret News, February 17, 1869.

[4] John S. McCormick and John R. Sillito. “Henry W. Lawrence: A Life in Dissent,” from Roger D. Launius and Linda Thatcher, eds., Differing Visions: Dissenters in Mormon History, (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1994), 237.

Additional Sources:

Ronald W Walker, Wayward Saints: The Social and Religious Protests of the Godbeites against Brigham Young, BYU Studies / Brigham Young Univ Press; 1st Edition edition (June 30, 2009)

“H.W. Lawrence, S.L. Financier Dies Aged 92,” Ogden Standard Examiner, April 5, 1924.

“His Long Life Filled With Public Service,” Salt Lake Herald, December 29, 1912.

“Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States,” Deseret News, June 18, 1873.

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Summer, Wrapped Up

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Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Photograph, serial 40-178.

This cabin, located up Big Cottonwood Canyon, was built circa 1903. This image shows the building in 1938, with the shutters closed and bolted against the upcoming winter season. (Note the Salt Lake County assessor using the front porch to fill out paperwork). By the 1950s, the cabin had deteriorated and the assessor noted it only had salvage value at that time.

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A Thoroughly Desperate Criminal: The Conclusion

McVey routinely applied for mitigation of his sentence, and was routinely denied. In August 1918, while one such application was under consideration, McVey escaped from prison. McVey and another prisoner, Abdula Ali, walked away from work outside the prison walls. Both men were at large from Wednesday until Friday August 16, 1918, when they were caught separately. Ali was spotted in a “canyon near Hoytsville, south of Coalville…. [he] was soon overtaken and surrendered without a word.” McVey was also taken peacefully several hours later. He was found “in Silver Creek canyon, three miles west of Wanship, thirteen miles southwest of Coalville.” Though McVey surrendered without protest he, as colorful as always, later declared “that had he been armed he would not have been taken alive.” On a side note, Ali was also serving a life sentence for murder. In 1919, Ali applied for release after another man confessed to the crime Ali was doing time for.

Salt Lake Tribune, 1918-08-16, Untitled

Salt Lake Tribune, 1918-08-16, Untitled

You might think after the escape attempt that prison officials would never consider McVey’s release, but you would be wrong: not only did they consider it – they released him just two years later. McVey claimed to be reformed by a surgery to his brain he underwent while in prison. According to the Salt Lake Telegram, McVey was consistently in a bad mood and suffered headaches. This could be explained by the fact that he was in prison, but doctors thought there might be another explanation and while examining his skull found a depression. According to one report, the dent in McVey’s head was the result of an altercation with a prison guard in Nevada. The doctors operated on his skull and his personality seemed to shift noticeably; he became amiable and obedient. The doctors, Dr. Beatty and Dr. L.F. Hummer, watched McVey closely for the next two years and believed the changes were genuine and that McVey had been “cured of his evil tendencies.” Therefore the Board of Pardons commuted his sentence and he headed to Texas to visit his mother.

While prison doctors had high hopes for McVey’s rehabilitation, he proved how ineffective the operation was just one year later. In December of 1921, California police contacted Utah authorities with the information that McVey, aka Bakersfield Slim, was wanted there for blowing a bank safe.

The last word on McVey appeared in a California paper in 1924. According to the moralizing reporter, McVey was an example of what happened to people who choose a life a crime. McVey is described as “One of the finest safe crackers the west has ever known…. The touch of his fingers can yet send a thrill of anticipation through the combination of any safe. And yet, Bakersfield Slim is a broken man. Two-thirds of the years he has been on this earth have been spent behind prison bars in cities throughout western United States and they have left their mark. Doctors say he will not live long. Prison life ruined his lungs…. There is no home for indigent safe crackers but during the Spanish-American War Slim ‘did his bit’ and fought like a man. So his last days are being made comfortable in a soldiers’ home.” He was 45 years old.

Entry contributed by Dr. Michaele Smith,  Archivist,  Salt Lake County Archives.

Sources:

Ogden Standard, 1918-8-17, Convicts Caught near Coalville

Salt Lake Herald, 1919-2-14, Absolved of Crime Ali Seeks Freedom It is unclear if Ali was released, though it is likely.

The Deseret News, 1920-5-18, M’Vey is Liberated by Board of Pardons, Story also covered in the Salt Lake Telegram. Another article in the Salt Lake Herald claimed McVey was “demented” and was being released into the care of his mother and sister.

Salt Lake Telegram, 1921-12-16, Utah Convict Wanted in California for Blowing Bank Safe

Second Edition Bakersfield, California, 1924-8-16, Local News

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