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Utah Biographies ~ Lee to Loose

Lee, Eddy Orland

Eddy Orland Lee, one of the leading lawyers of Salt Lake City and a member of the prominent and successful law firm of Booth, Lee & Badger, is a native of Canada, and was born at Hatley Village, Province of Quebec, September 16, 1855. His parents were Josiah Lee, who was a farmer by vocation, and Rockselana (Davis) Lee, who was of old Yankee Revolutionary stock.

Mr. Lee's family moved to Illinois in 1866, where young Lee worked in the summer months and attended school in the winter, until 1871, when he went to high school at Mount Carroll, Illinois, riding seven miles and back each day for two years. In 1873 his father sold the farm and young Lee was sent to the Illinois State University, at Champaign, Illinois, from which institution he graduated in 1878, after missing one year, during which time he taught school and thereby earned money with which to complete his education.

From 1878 to 1879 he taught school at Elizabeth, 111. He next studied law in the office of Hon. James Shaw, ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives of Illinois, at Mount Carroll, where he remained until March, 1881, at which time he was admitted to the bar. He practiced in Illinois courts until 1885, and then went to Sidney, Nebraska, where he followed his profession until January, 1891, when he came to Salt Lake City. After his arrival he formed the law firm of Lee & Post. In 1892 the firm of Booth, Lee & Gray was formed and continued until the fall of 1898, at which time Mr. Gray withdrew, and M. L. Ritchie was admitted and remained until his elevation to the bench, when he retired, in 1905, and the present firm of Booth, Lee & Badger was formed.

Mr. Lee was married August 20, 1884, to Miss Jennie Cummings, a native of Illinois. They reside at 963 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a member of the University and Commercial clubs, the Odd Fellows, and is affiliated with the Methodist Church.

Liljenbert, Niles Edward

Nils Edward Liljenberg, one of Utah's leading architects, is a native of Sweden, where he was born in 1869. Of sturdy, thrifty, prosperous parents, he was given as many educational advantages as the schools of his native place afforded, and later on he attended the Polytechnic Institute in Sweden, from which he graduated in 1888. In order that he might perfect himself more in his chosen profession as an architect, he subsequently took an additional course in New York City, and then readily found employment there, where he remained for a time, serving as chief draughtsman and having charge of much important work. He was next engaged by an American firm and sent to Europe, and was chief architect for the building of military barracks at Stockholm, Copenhagen, and St. Petersburg. He was successful, and later figured the barracks at Mukden, Manchuria, for the Russian army. He next built portable cottages, which were shipped to the Transvaal, South Africa, for the use of the troops.

In 1902 he arrived in Salt Lake City, and for a time was employed as draughtsman for the Oregon Short Line Railroad, but subsequently resigned to go into business for himself. He did considerable work, including the designing of the building of the Y. M. C. A. He designed and had entire charge of the building of the Westminster College, which enterprise is under the direction of the National Board of the Presbyterian Church. This work cost in the neighborhood of $300,000.

He also designed the Murdock Academy, the I. X. L. Furniture Company's building, and many others, including public schools, high schools, and many private residences in and around Salt Lake City. Beside his architectural profession, he is also interested in numerous mills and wholesale business houses.

Mr. Liljenberg was married to Miss Anna Sundh of Salt Lake City, and they are the parents of three children, Irene, Melva, and Stanley Liljenberg. Mr. Liljenberg's residence is at 120 Street, Salt Lake City. Mr. Liljenberg is a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the Order of Odd Fellows.

Lippman, Joseph

Prominent among Salt Lake's legal fraternity, and a resident of the State since 1882, is Joseph Lippman.

Mr. Lippman, who was born in Mobile, Alabama, in June, 1858, was left fatherless when but six years of age. His father had been a cotton planter and slave owner, and in the war of the Rebellion espoused the Southern cause. In 1875, when but seventeen years of age, he was graduated from the Philadelphia High School, and immediately began the study of law in the office of Eli K. Price, at that time one of the leading lawyers of the Philadelphia bar. In 1879 he was a member of the graduating class of the University of Pennsylvania in its law department, and after a six months' sojourn in Europe returned to Philadelphia where he practiced his profession, thence going to Chicago, and thence to Colorado.

In the years which have followed, Mr. Lippman's career has more than fulfilled its early promise. As a lawyer he was successful almost from the start, and, had he seen fit to adhere entirely to the practice of his profession, there are perhaps no heights to which he might not have attained. But Mr. Lippman's entry into Utah was at an eventful period in the State's history, and, like most of the public-spirited men of the time, he was early drawn into public life.

Mr. Lippman 's first venture was in the newspaper field, and here too he met with signal success. He has the unique distinction of having published and edited the first Gentile evening newspaper in the then Territory of Utah, namely, the "Chronicle," which was officially born in October, 1882. In this connection it is interesting to note that the franchise secured from the Associated Press for his paper at that time was the last issued by that corporation in Salt Lake City and is now controlled just as obtained by Mr. Lippman by the Salt Lake ''Telegram." It was not long, however, before Mr. Lippman saw the need of a wider field for his talents than that afforded through the medium of a recently started evening daily under conditions such as existed at that time, and in 1884 he decided to throw in his lot with the "Tribune," of which paper be became city editor, and later telegraph editor. This connection he retained until 1889, when the practice of the law again claimed his attention.

In 1895 he became a member of the law firm of Powers, Straup & Lippman, which connection he retained until 1902, when the partnership was dissolved on account of the various interests of the members. During his entire career in Utah Mr. Lippman has taken an active interest in politics, and at all times has stood for his principles shoulder to shoulder with many of the men who in the past have helped to make the political history of the State. A staunch Republican at heart, he found on his arrival in Utah no such party to which he could ally himself, and he devoted himself and his paper to the Liberal cause, which was opposed to church interference in politics, and from then on to the time of its dissolution took an active part in the campaigns of the Liberal Party. He was one of the founders of the American Party in Utah, in 1904.

In July, 1904, he assumed the general managership of the "Tribune," in which he was financially interested, and retained that position until October, 1905. He was United States district attorney from June 8, 1902, to July 4, 1906. He was Territorial librarian and statistician from 1890 to 1892, and was county recorder of Salt Lake County in 1893 and 1894.

In private life Mr. Lippman may be described as one of the quiet, home loving kind. He has resided for twenty years past at 603 Third Avenue with his family, consisting of his son, Marc Blaine Lippman and two stepdaughters. In private as well as in public life fortune has smiled upon Mr. Lippman.

Livingston, William D.

The saving of the west, as it were, has been brought about by means of irrigation, and surely on every side we see vegetation where but a few years ago a barren waste existed. That irrigation is just in its infancy it is easy to suppose, and what changes it will make in this country of ours, and what bearing it will have on the growth and prosperity of the country, is hard to calculate. In the Western States, Utah is considered first when it comes to irrigating, and as it is a science, Utah has the enviable reputation of having mastered it. Among the many prominent men interested in irrigation projects in this Western country, and more especially in this State, is William D. Livingston. Mr. Livingston is considered to be an authority on irrigation, and that he gives his entire time to this industry, you might say, and is interested in several projects, attests this to be a fact.

Mr. Livingston was born in Salt Lake City on the 26th of March, 1871. He is the son of William Livingston and Lilias Livingston. He received his education in the common schools of this city. Being very ambitious and particularly bright and capable of applying himself to whatever task presented itself, he was successful from the start. When yet a young man he went to Manti and became very prominent in Sanpete County. He entered politics there and became county recorder and county attorney of Sanpete. As a lawyer he was eminently successful, and after he had filled the above offices so capably he was elected district attorney of the Seventh Utah District. It is a well-known fact that as district attorney he filled the office creditably and efficiently.

About this time he began to interest himself in the various irrigation projects which were then demanding the attention of the Western people. He became an enthusiastic worker and soon was looked upon as one of the pioneers in the great projects then on foot. His ideas and views while connected with these schemes proved to be so valuable that he was sought as an adviser and officer in about all of the companies which were being organized and of those which at the present time are being floated. While most of his operations have been in Utah, he is interested too in projects in Nevada, and his whole time is being devoted to the success of the companies of which he is an officer. He has often remarked that the salvation of the West must be in the irrigation of the arid lands, and this is an evident truth. At the present time Mr. Livingston is general manager, secretary and treasurer of the following companies: Abraham Irrigation Company, Spalding-Livingston Investment Company, Gunnison Valley Reclamation Company, Moapa Garden Company, Beaver Land Company, Price Valley Irrigation Company, and the Gunnison Irrigation and Irrigation Investments.

As much of Mr. Livingston's work is in the southern part of the State, he maintains two homes, one at Manti and the other at Salt Lake City. He is prominently identified with the Commercial Clubs of Salt Lake, Manti and Gunnison and he is a live wire in all three of these.

Although a very busy man, he is very domestic in his habits and tastes. His domestic life is a very happy one and he devotes much of his time to his children, seven in number. They are: William E., Ernest E., Annie L., Leland V., Urban Stanley, Wendell A., and Lettie Lucile. He has a beautiful residence at 958 E Street, Salt Lake, and this is the scene of many pretty house parties.

Mr. Livingston is looked upon by his fellowmen as being honest, capable and progressive, and the future holds much in store for him.

Loose, Charles E.

One of Utah's most prominent and progressive mining men and one who has achieved great success and distinction in politics, as well as business, is Charles Edwin Loose, of Provo, Utah. Mr. Loose was born at Quincy, Illinois, September 19, 1853. His parents were Robert and Betsy Jane Tenny Loose, and from them he inherited a strong physique and determination of character that has made him successful in all his undertakings. His father died while Charles was an infant, and his mother, who was a woman of education and refinement, taught in the public schools of Quincy, Illinois, after the death of her husband. She continued there until 1860, when with her family she came to Utah.

When Charles E. Loose was sixteen years of age, which was the year that witnessed the completion of the transcontinental railway, he went to California and there engaged in mining, which occupation he has followed successfully ever since. In the year 1885 he returned to Utah, opening up and developing mines in the Tintic District. In 1892 he removed to Provo permanently, and since that date has been an important factor in mining, financial and political circles, and is always __________ movement tending towards the up-building and public welfare of that city. He is a strong Republican and immediately affiliated himself with that party, and has always been a potential factor in all political affairs city, State or national. In 1900 Mr. Loose was sent as a delegate to the National Republican Convention at Philadelphia, where he assisted in nominating the late President McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. After the election he was chosen the elector to carry the electoral votes of Utah to Washington.

In 1902 Mr. Loose was elected State Senator from the Seventh Senatorial District. Mr. Loose is principally engaged in mining, but is a strong figure in finance also, being vice-president of the Provo Commercial and Savings Bank, and is also a large owner of and investor in real estate and business blocks. He has always been liberal with his wealth and has supported many worthy charities, and any movement tending to the betterment of conditions in Provo and throughout Utah.


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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