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Utah Biographies ~ Hatch to Hubbard

Hatch, Fred S.

Prominent in the affairs of one of the chief industries of the State, few men are better known in Western business circles than Fred S. Hatch. As general manager of the Inter-mountain Packing Company of Salt Lake City, Utah, he has a large acquaintance, not only among stock men, but in the commercial world at large.

Mr. Hatch is a native of New York and was born at Portville, that State, December 24, 1869. He is a son of George Y. Hatch, a farmer, born at Farmersville, New York, and Livera A. Stevens Hatch of Geneseo, New York.

Mr. Hatch was educated at Portville Academy and at Westbrook College, Olean, N. Y., where he graduated in 1889. After leaving school he became a bookkeeper for J. S. Bishop & Son, Olean, N. Y., and afterwards became connected with W. H. Granger & Company, whole-sale grocers at Buffalo, N. Y. While employed with this firm, his business ability attracted the attention of F. B. Keeney, a large dealer in hay and grain, who secured the services of Mr. Hatch as his purchasing agent at Belvidere, N. Y. Mr. Hatch held this position for five years, until 1894, when he purchased a farm in Wyoming County from Mr. Keeney. His next venture was in the mercantile business in Eden, Erie County, N. Y., where he continued until 1898. In this year he removed to Olean, N. Y., where he was in business until April 12, 1902.

Entering the employ of Armour & Co. as a salesman, in 1902, he rose rapidly in the estimation of the firm, and in July, 1903, was placed in charge of the extensive interests of the Armours at Boise, Idaho. Here he remained until 1905, when he was transferred to Portland, Oregon, and placed in charge of the branch there. His next move was to Butte, Mont., where he remained until 1906, when at his own request he was sent to Salt Lake City as manager of the Armour interests. He held this position until August, 1907, when he was placed in charge of the house at Oakland, Cal., remaining there until August 1, 1908, at which time he returned to Salt Lake City. In December of the same year, the Inter-Mountain Packing Company, a Utah corporation, seeking for a man of thorough business and executive ability was fortunate in securing the services of Mr. Hatch as general manager, which position he holds at the present time.

Organized in the fall of 1905 as the Utah Packing Company, the 1 Inter-Mountain Packing Company is purely a home industry, the officers of which include some of the State's most progressive capitalists. Its officers when the company assumed its present title were: James A. Eldredge, president; D. L. Evans, vice-president; C. R. Long, secretary; W. S. McCornick, treasurer, and F. A. Danielson, manager.

The present officers are: James A. Eldredge of Bountiful, Utah, president; D. L. Evans, Malad, Ida., vice-president; W. S. McCornick, Salt Lake, treasurer; O. O. Whitney, Salt Lake, secretary; F. S. Hatch', general manager. The directors are James A. Eldredge, D. L. Evans, James H. Moyle, J. C. Leary, George C. Crawford, William Mclntyre, Samuel Mclntyre, George C. Whitmore and W. S. McCornick.

Headlund, John A.

Salt Lake City at the present time is one of the busiest cities in the United States, and the building interests are contributing more to the welfare and fame of that magnificent city than any other department of progress.

Active in all movements to increase the general prosperity, they have kept pace with the most rapid strides in their own line, while at the same time participating in the general advancement of the community.

John A. Headlund, one of the most successful architects in Utah, was born in Engelholm, Sweden, May 30, 1863, and there received his early education in the public and high schools. He came to this country thirty years ago, and first settled in. Kansas City, Missouri, securing employment with the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, doing general work in the engineering department. He next went to Colorado Springs, Colorado, under employ of Van Brunt & Howe, architects, as superintendent for said firm. He was also superintendent of the late W. S. Stratton's building enterprises, and soon won distinction for himself and for his work. In 1889 Mr. Headlund came to Salt Lake City for a short time and returned. In 1891 he went into the profession of architecture exclusively, and has ever since been very successful.

He surrounded himself with a competent force of assistants, and has been instrumental in erecting many of the most important business blocks, private dwellings, and imposing structures of Salt Lake City. His work includes the McDonald Candy Company's plant, L. & A. Simon Block, First Baptist and Third Presbyterian churches, the Young Men's Christian Association Building, the remodeling of the Scott Building, the S. B. Milner residence, Dr. E. H. Woodruff's residence, and others, and most of the large school buildings throughout the county, Park City and Heber City, and also a school in Idaho. Mr. Headlund has always had a natural inclination for geometrical design-ing and carving, and has received instructions from some of the best masters in the world. He began when he was fifteen years of age, and his natural aptitude has doubtless been the cause of his success. Mr. Headlund was married in 1891, at Colorado Springs, and is the father of three boys, Wallace, Colin Frazer, and Morris Andrew.

Mr. Headlund is interested in numerous mining companies in Utah and Nevada, also industrial companies in the East and West. He has never held any political office, and has no aspirations in this connection. Mr. Headlund has built about four hundred buildings in Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming.

Hill, Lewis Samuel

Lewis S. Hills was born March 8, 1836, at South Amherst, Massachusetts. He is a son of Lewis Hills, a farmer, and of Rhoda Thayer Hills. Mr. Hills was educated in the public and high schools of Spring-field, Massachusetts, and came to Salt Lake City, July 27th, 1862.

On May 1, 1869, associated with the late Capt. Wm. H. Hooper and the late Horace S. Eldredge, he started the private bank of Hooper, Eldredge & Co., with $40,000 capital. This firm was incorporated under the National Bank Act, in 1872, as the Deseret National Bank, and Mr. Hills became cashier, occupying that position until January, 1892, when he became president, and has occupied that office since that date.

The name of Lewis S. Hills is an honored and respected one through-out the entire inter-mountain region. No man has been more conscientious and honest in his endeavors to build up this beautiful country, nor has any one man accomplished more to that end, than has Mr. Hills. As president of one of the strongest financial institutions in the Western country, the Deseret National Bank, he has for a period of years come in contact with and been financial adviser of countless thousands of persons who have reason to feel indebted to him for his assistance and kindly suggestions as to their welfare. In depression, as well as in good times, Mr. Hills has always been found to be a guiding spirit for many who might have failed but for his good offices and sound advice and judgment. Mr. Hills has many and diversified interests, as he is also a director of the Deseret Savings Bank; the Zion's Co-operative Mercantile Institution; the Consolidated Wagon and Machine Company; the Home Fire Insurance Company; Beneficial Life Insurance Company; the Utah Fire Clay Company; the Nephi Plaster Company; the First National Bank of Ogden; First National Bank of Murray; Nephi National Bank; Thatcher Brothers' Bank of Logan; Davis County Bank, Farmington; Barnes Banking Company, Kaysville; shareholder in the Oregon Lumber Company, Amalgamated Sugar Company, Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, First National Bank of Montpelier, Ltd., Wells Fargo Express Company, San Francisco, Southern Trust Company of Los Angeles, Evanston National Bank, Manti City Savings Bank Company.

Mr. Hills has held the office of registrar of the United States Land Office at Council Bluffs, Iowa; was the first receiver of United States Land Office at Salt Lake City; served two terms in the city council of Salt Lake City; and treasurer of the University of Utah and several corporations with which he was connected. He is a member of the Alta Club, Automobile Club of Salt Lake City, Reform Club of New York City, and Free Trade League of Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Hills was married to Theresa Burton, October 17, 1866, and to them have been born six children; namely, Lewis B., Maria T., Edgar S., Eugene R., Herbert T. (deceased), and Harold H. Mr. Hills resides at 425 East First South Street, Salt Lake City.

Holbrook, Lafayett E.

Among the most prominent of Utahans is Lafayette Holbrook of Provo, who was twice mayor of that city, serving from 1893 to 1897.

Mr. Holbrook is a native of Utah, born in Salt Lake City, September 7, 1850. His ancestors were early New Englanders, his grandfather, Moses Holbrook, being a native of the Bay State, born in Sturbridge in 1779. His father, Chandler Holbrook, who was an engineer, and his mother, Eunice Dunning, were born in New York and were pioneers of Utah. They resided in Salt Lake City until 1852. When Lafayette Holbrook was two years old they removed to Fillmore, where the subject of this sketch resided until 1880.

During his residence in Fillmore he engaged in farming and stock-raising, particularly the latter. In 1871 he purchased cattle in the region around Abilene, Kansas, and drove them to Utah, and in 1873 he visited Texas, where he purchased cattle and drove them also through to Utah.

In October, 1873, Mr. Holbrook went to Europe. During his sojourn there he visited France, but spent most of his time in the British Isles, returning to Utah in 1875. In 1876 he was, on October 9th, married to Emily A. Hinckley. Ten children were born to them, seven of whom are living. They are: Lafayette H., Jean Clara, Eunice A., Ora L., Florence L., Ruth and Lincoln Holbrook. Those dead are Emmet G., Ava Luvile and Lillian M.

In 1877 Mr. Holbrook was elected assessor and collector of Millard County, which office he held four years. In December, 1880, he removed from Fillmore, going to Frisco, in Beaver County, where he for seven years engaged in merchandising and mining. He has retained his interest in a number of mining and industrial companies which he developed and built up, both in Utah and in other States. He is an official in many of these and manager of several.

In 1890 Mr. Holbrook removed from Fillmore to Provo, where he still resides. He was proprietor for seven years of the Roberts House, one of the best known hostelries in Utah. He has aided in the development of many Utah County enterprises.

In 1896 Mr. Holbrook was the Republican nominee for congressman, but with his party was defeated, due to the battle waged for silver in the State.

His oldest son, Lafayette H., has spent three and one-half years abroad, going around the world, departing from Vancouver, British Columbia, and returning via New York. While on his tour he visited many of the islands of the Pacific, Australia, the Holy Land and many other places in the old world. His three eldest daughters, Jean Clara, Eunice A., and Ora L., have visited Europe, Jean Clara remaining there for two years.

Mr. Holbrook has ever been alive to the moral and material interests of the communities in which he has resided.

Holmes, Gustavus S.

G. S. Holmes came to Salt Lake City because he had faith in the city, and because he had faith in its future. He came from Cincinnati to Denver for his health; went from there to Colorado Springs. Soon after he took up a ranch where Cripple Creek now stands. He rode the range for four years, and was captain of the round-up, where he recovered his health. Then he knew that his mission was to be a Boniface, to keep a hotel, all of his ancestors having been hotel-keepers. He sold out in Colorado, came to Salt Lake, became a landlord, is still a Salt-Laker, is still a landlord, and the head of one of the best hotels in the country, the Knutsford.

Mr. Holmes has passed through many vicissitudes during his residence in Salt Lake. He came here with men connected with the building of the Colorado Midland Railroad. All took options on and bought blocks of vacant land. In 1889 the others sold at a great advance. Mr. Holmes held his on account of prospects. He held on when the boom collapsed, and got caught in the panic of 1893, owing over $200,000. He had taken up the Knutsford Hotel scheme as an east side project when others on the west side were endeavoring to build the Ontario, which was to be a million dollar hotel, but the west side enterprise never got beyond the foundation. The present Commercial Club build-ing stands on the Ontario site. The ground where the Knutsford stands was purchased by Messrs. Holmes, Ricketts, and others, for $85,000, and donated to the men who erected the Knutsford. Mr. Holmes then leased the hotel and expended $150,000 in furnishing it. He is still the owner.

He has been successful in business affairs and can safely figure his wealth by seven figures. It is estimated that he is the fifth or sixth largest tax-payer in Salt Lake County, and one of the few who never lost hope or faith in the city's future, and is still buying and improving property. He is liberal to a fault, is engaged in various enterprises, and is always awake to every interest of importance. He is a member of the clubs and of nearly all if not every secret organization; and interested in the National Bank of the Republic and various mines. He has traveled extensively, and is known by more people and knows more people, perhaps, than any other man in the West.

He is a self-made man and is hopeful of living to see Salt Lake City occupy her proper position as one of the four great commercial cities west of Chicago. He is a native of Ohio, born at Lynchburg. He was educated in the Hughes High School in Cincinnati, the school that President Taft attended and one of the same years. He has four children, two sons and two daughters.

Hubbard, William E.

William E. Hubbard, the energetic manager and treasurer of the Hubbard Investment Company of Salt Lake City, belongs to that type of the successful men who make and up-build communities. And it is due to men of the character and ability possessed by Mr. Hubbard that such rapid strides in real estate and building are made.

Of English descent on the paternal side, Mr. Hubbard is a son of Solomon and Mary Hubbard, and was born at Nora, Illinois, October 21, 1862. His mother was a native of Indiana. Young Hubbard was sent to school at an early age, and subsequently attended Earlham College at Richmond, Indiana, and later the Rush Medical College at Chicago, Illinois. It was his intention to follow the medical profession, but his natural inclination turned to real estate, perhaps imbibing his preference in that direction from having given his earlier attention to farming. Later on he added mining to his life work, and in both mining and real estate he has been very successful. His mining operations have been quite extensive, but chiefly confined to Bingham, Ophir, and Tintic districts; while Salt Lake City has been his real estate field of activity.

Mr. Hubbard is an up-to-date hustling man of affairs, and besides being manager and treasurer of the Hubbard Investment Company, he is a director in the Lion Hill Consolidated Mining Company, the Bingham Central Standard Company, president of the Bingham-Butte Consolidated Mining Company, vice-president of the West Temple Realty Company, president of the Salt Lake Realty Owners' Company, and is interested in numerous other business enterprises of importance.

Mr. Hubbard is a member of the Commercial Club, B. P. 0. E., the Knights of Pythias, the Masonic Fraternity, and the Mystic Shriners. He is one of the most active members of the Real Estate Association, and is considered an expert on anything pertaining to real estate and investment, of which he has made a study for years. His advice is often asked in extensive real estate deals, and his judgment is unerring. He is an enthusiastic advocate of Salt Lake realty, a believer in the prosperous future of the city, for the promotion of which he is always working faithfully and conscientiously. He is regarded as one of the best-informed men on ground and structure values in Salt Lake City, and he is also a prominent factor in mining circles.



Source: Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States, Utah, Idaho and Nevada, Published by The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1909 



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