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THE LITTLE CHICAGO
1 Nephis Importance and the
T Wealth She Has
A
HER BIG WOOL INDUSTRY
The Beds of GypsumRock Salt and Salt
SpringsPublic Buildings and Improve
ments General Notes
lIY F W CnAPPELL
In the heart of one of the most beautiful
p
and fertile valleys of Utah and nestled at
the foot of the grand and lofty Mount Nebo
Is found the city of Nephi the subject of
this brief article
Nephi City was founded in 1851 and in
corporated under the laws of Utah in Feb
ruary 18S9 since which time it has ad
vanced with rapid and successful strides
in commercial importance until at the
present time it stands the third city of the
territory Its situation at the gateway of
San Pete and Sevier counties the two prin
cipal graneries of Utah would alone insure
a continuation of its progress in commerce
agriculture and manufacturing Nothing
has yet been said in relation to mining
and we havo only to acquaint ourselves
slightly with the geography of
Utah to learn that Nephi ih
the county seat of Juab county
in which Bounty ib located the Tintic min
ing district the coming Eldorado of the
west In addition to this there can be
found lying around on every hand large
bodies of gypsum salt ochre marble iron
and various kinds of building and orna
mental stone upon some of which de
posits so much lias been done to develop
them that they will each receive special
attention as we proceed with this article
GYPSUM
At the mouth of Salt Creek caQon and
about one mile east of Nephi on the line
of the Sanpcte Valley railroad rising on
either hand to the height of 500 feet above
the bed of the canon glistening in their
almost snowy whiteness can be found
large mountains of pure gypsum from
which is made by means of a large plant
of machinery located in the canon at the
of
foot of these gypsum mountains and
within a stones throw of the mines them
selves as fine an article of plaster of paris
as can be found in the United States This
property is owned and operated by an in
corporated company of the citizens of
Nephi and business men of Kansas Wash
ington and Oregon It is safe to predict
that this enterprise alone is of sufficient
magnitude and importance to give such im
petus to the growth of Nephi commercially
that no trivial matters will impede its pro
guess The Gypsum company has a paid
up capital of 100000 and during the pre
ant year has sold and shipped 5000000
J I pounds of plaster of paris
KOCK SALT AND SALT SPRINGS
Some of the largest beds of rock salt
found in the west are located in Salt
Creek caQon at distances ranging
from six to twelve miles east of Nephi
city and some idea of the quality of these
deposits may be learned from the act that
pieces of pure crystalized rock salt have
been taken out of these mines weighing
from five hundred to one thousand pounds
each without containing one pound of
waste matter but were as clear and bright
as glass There are acres of these saline
deposits in fact the quantity is practi
cally inexhaustible Nor is this allsalt
springs abound from the waters of which
can bo made a fine article of table salt by
the simple process of evaporation Thou
sands of pounds of rock salt are shipped
each year for the use of the sheep herds of
this and adjoining states and territories
and for other purposes
WOOL TRADE
To this branch of commerce Nephi is
largely indebted for the progress it has
made during the last three or four years
It is the headquarters and location of The
Wool Growers association of Southern
Utah an incorporated company owning
a million more of sheep and having in
addition invested In the business buying
and selling wool about seventyfive thous
ihd dollars During this present year the
company alone has handled about one mil
Y lion pounds of wool and when we con
sider that two other large and
wealthy companies are located in
Nephi engaged in the same busi
ness which have sold and shipped
1000000 pounds of wool we must conclude
that Nephi is the wool market of the terri
tory So important has this branch of in
dustry become that the citizens are
strongly advocating the building of woolen
mills and ere long the city will resound
with the busy hum of the spindle and
loom
MANUFACTURING
j In addition to the large quantities of
i
plaster of paris manufactured the Nephi
Roller mills continue to manufacture large
quantities of fine flour of which a great
portion finds a ready market in the
mining towns in Tintic mining district
and in this as well as in many other things
Nephi is selfsustaining having every es
sential element of production and consump
tion
PUBLIC BCILDINOS AND IMPROVEMENTS
Nephi city as before stated being the
county seat of Juab county is the location
of all the public buildings of the county
A beautiful and substantial county court
house was erected last year in the centre
of the city on Main street at a cost of about
fifteen thousand dollars and is of
ijch a style of architecture as to
become tne very centre of attraction
and admiration of those who visit the city
A county jail is also found upon the same
block of sufficient size and convenience to
enable the officers to find quarters for
those who violate the laws of the land
CITY WATERS ORES
At an expense of some forty thousand
dollars the city is constructing a system of
waterworks which when completed will
In its ramifications permeate every part of
the city thus insuriug to a great ex
tent the people against fire and
at the same time supplying them with
pure cold water for domestic purposes
The water is brought in pipes from a
spring located in the mountains about four
miles east of the city and is said to be al
most as pure and healthful as water can
be It is expected that this system of
waterworks will be completed by the 1st
of June 1890
BANKS
The First National bank of Nephi and
the Nephi Savings bank are both found
on Main street in the very business centre
of the city institutions of which the
capital stock is mostly held by the business
ben of the city thus giving stability to the
institutions i and inspiring confidence in
those wishing to transact business with
them
RAILROADS
The city stands on the lice of the Utah
Central at its junction with the Sanpete
t
Valley In addition to these two lines it is
I expected that another line will soon be con
structed through the city from some point
north in Utah county through Juab
counties and the counties south ultimately
terminating at the Pacific coast in Cali
ornia Surveyors are in the field and ne
gotiations are being made for depot grounds
and rights of way Into and through the
city
nOTELS
One large and comfortable hotel on Main
street has lately been erected and an excel
lent opportunity is afforded for investment
in another building of this character This
is one of the things needed in Nephi and a
better investment could not well be made
A man of experience in this line of busi
ness need look no further for opportunity
POPULATION ETC
At present the population probably ex
ceeds four thousand and judging from the
manner in which it has lately increased
before two years it will be double this
number To the laborer and capitalist
alike a cordial invitation is extended to as
sist in developing the vast resources of the
county of Juab and particularly of Nephi
City The people will welcome every hon
est industrious person and will extend to
him the hospitality of their city and the
hand of friendship Welcome all
A BIG INSTITUTION
A Nephi Company which Will Turn Out a
I
Car of Plaster Per Hour
A rapidly growing institution of Nephi
concerning Avhich Salt Lakers have hitherto
known but little is the Nephi Plaster and
Manufacturing company which has been
incorporated with the following board of
directors
John Hague President Nephi
John McCraken VicePresUeut Port
land Oregon
J A Hyde Secretary and Treasurer
Nephi
Alma Hague Nephi
George C Whitmore Nephi
F W Fowler Superintendent
The gypsum mines which this company
operates are located about a mile eat of
Nephi and were discovered by John Hagi e
over twenty years ago He was aware that
the time would arrive when the value of the
mines would be recognized and for two de
cades he kept his eye on the property wait
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ing for that time to come Last March Mr
Fowler the present superintendent and an
expert on gypsum was notified of the ex
istence of these mines by J S Tebbets of
the Union Pacific
Mr Fowler is a memberof the firm of
Fowler Brothers Blue Rapids Kansas
who are extensive plaster manufacturers
and at Mr Tebbets suggestion he went to
Nephi to look at the property He was at
once struck with the excellent quality of the
gypsum and concluded arrangements bv
which he became interested in the com
pany and the corporation was made with
the above named board of directors
At present the company is shipping two
carloads a day from Nephi and in the
spring they expect to be able to turn out
one car per hour having contracted for
machinery and a new plant at a cost of
25000 which Mr Fowler thinks will en
able them to make this achievement with
out difficulty
In an interview with a HERALD reporter
recently Mr Fowler stated that he was well
acquainted with the quality of the gypsum
mines in Kansas New York and Nova
S otia but none of these mines could equal
in quality the gypsum in Utah The mine
here is practically inexhaustible consist
ing of a mountain 4000 feet high and pro
ducing a plaster which according to Mr
Fowler is the best on earth They now
work sixty men and supply the whole of
the west with plaster fifteen carloads hav
ing been sent to Salt Lake alone
The Union Pacific railroad has lent a
friendly hand to the operations of the com
pany and by giving a good freight rate an
immense trade in the northwest has been
opened up With John McCraken of
Portland Oregon and the Tacoma Trad
ing company of Tacoma Washington as
general northwestern agents the future of
the Nephi Plaster and Manufacturing com
pany will bo an immense one and the com
pany promises to be one of the great fac
tors in the prosperity of the little Chi
cago
Mason and Hamlin pianos and organs at
I D O Calders
BEAD BRYAN WINNING BY PLUCK AND
ENTERPRISE
In our last Christmas issue we predicted
this firm would succeed and be in the front
rank of business These gentlemen are
working to win and the ring of their cash
register tells that they are winning
Everything about their premises denotes
thrift and that they are up in all the sys
tem and order of the times They are men
of the people and the people know it Their
motto seems to be live and let live and
while they are growing their friends are
growing with them Their splendid fire
proof store is situated on the corner of
Hague and Main streets and is the most
complete and best equipped business house
in the city They keep a large stock of
general merchandise and are prepared to
fill orders large or small prices to please
all Not only the people Jof Nephi but
parties who reside in the southern part of
the territory will do well to make their
purchases from this firm as they can save
both time and money
THE BEST RESTAURANT
South of Salt Lake city is the Arcade
Commercial men lawyers judges engi
neers wool men in fact all gentlemen and
ladies are making the Arcade their head
quarters for firstclass meals and Gus
Henrlod the veteran French cook and ge
nial boy will always give you a welcome
and a smile Give him a trial
I Hardman pianos at D O Calders
OUR COAL SUPPLY
Inexhaustible Fields in the Terri
tory of Utah
THE MINES OF PLEASANT VALLEY
Coking Coal at Castle GateThe Home Coal
Companys Mines at Coalvllle
Other Fields
The coal fields of Utah is a theme almost
as inexhaustible as the mines
There is no other section of the country
that is as well supplied with the black dia
monds as they are not inaptly termed as
this territory
The only mines worked however are
those at Pleasant Valley Castle Gate and
at Coalville The latter is the pioneer coal
mining region of Utah and from that point
Salt Lake obtained its sole supply for many
years even before connection had been
made by rail In the early days coal haul
ing between Salt Lake city and Coalville
formed considerable of an industry and
many teams were kept employed at it the
route to and from the mines being
via Parleys carton The coal industry in
Summit county is of considerable im
portance to that section of Utah and the
fields being in close proximity to the big
mines of that region have aided materially
in the mineral development of Park city
and surroundings
The Home coal company is now operat
ing nearly if not all the mines of Coalville
and has ground enough before it to
List over a hundred years if the average
output were to even reach 500 tons per day
For over ten years the company has main
tained an average pay roll of over five
thousand dollars a month and it gives em
ployment to a small army of men The
coal mined here is bituminous in its nature
and is a general favorite with the people of
Salt Lake The completion of the Salt Lake
S Eastern will doubtless enable the
company to lay its product down
in this city at from 1 to fO
per ton cheaper than it is now sold
The total output of the present year to
date is about one hundred tons per
month the greater portion of which
was used in this city and Park
City The mines of Coalville arc
among the most important industries of
Utah and it will not be at all astonishing
if the near future sees extensive manufac
tories spring up in the immediate vicinity
of Coalville
IX CHALK CREEK CANTON
also only a few miles distant from Coal
ville are immense deposits of excellent
coal samples of which recently exhibited
in this city appear to be equal to anything
of a similar nature found in this territory
The Wyoming Salt Lake California rail
way now in course of construction and
which will run from Evanston Wyo
through Chalk Creek and Emigration
caflons to this city passes through
the former carton and within a few
feet of these immense beds Near Upton
in the same county there are beds of good
coal These however have not yet been
developed There are however several
other counties in the southern part of
Utah where large beds of coal are known
to exist but they are not worked owing to
their distance from the railways The ad
vent of some of the many lines now point
ing in that direction however will make it
possible for this natural wealth to be util
ized
IX PLEAS Ore VALLEY
The coal fields in Pleasant valley Emery
county are owned and operated by the
Pleasant valley coal and coke Company
The mines are three in number and have a
capacity sufficient to supply not only the
demands of Utah but of several of the
neighboring states and territories In
Pleasant valley also are located the Utah
Central mines which arc heavy producers
AT CASTLE GATE
Near Castle Gate on the line of the Rio
Grande Western beds of coal have been
uncovered and worked during the year
and it is asserted by the owners that the
the coal found there is far superior to any
thing else yet put on the market It was
asserted at the time of the discovery of
the Castle Gate mines that the coal was
adapted to coking and several tests made
on a small scale proved the truth of the
assertion and the success so far attained
in this direction is an earnest of what the
future will bring forth Speaking on the
subject of our coal supply Mr A L Wil
liams who is a recognized authority on the
subject lately said It may be stated with
truth that the success that has at
tended the working of all these
mines is due to the general good
management that has directed their opera
tion from the beginning down to the pres
ent time There is no reason why the
mines of Pleasant Valley and Castle Gate
should not show a daily output of from
3000 to 4000 tons As the mines are practi
cally free from water they are worked with
out expensive machinery and there is no
danger of competition from any quarter
driving their products out of the
market or forcing their working at a loss
As a result the expenses are kept to the
minimum only manual labor the use of
cars powder and a few horses being neces
sary Even should these mines fail there
are still enough of the other coal measures
of the same general characteristics as the
Pleasant Valley to supply this country and
such others as may want coal practically
for all time to come
In 18S < 5 the Pleasant Valley mines pro
duced 73500 tons of coal In 1887 the
amount was increased to 85341 tons
In 1SS8 the output was over
150000 tons and up to the 31st of December
of this year 141049 tons had been mined
and shipped
Since the Pleasant Valley Coal and Coke
company started up its ovens at Castle
Gate in July last it has shipped 780 tons of
coke mostly to the Germania smelter the
management of which say it is a first class
article
FROM OTHER SOCBCES
The product of the coal mines at Almy
and Rock Springs also finds its way to this
city in considerable quantities In Iron
county there is a coal that is said to make
coke of a quality equally as good as the
Connelsville article However this is yet
to be determined although there is little
reason why any doubt should be expressed
Yielding as largely as they do now the coal
fields of Utah are practically untouched
and from them the states and territories of
California Nevada Idaho and Montana will
yet be supplied from Utah And vast as all
our coal reserves have proven to be there
Is every reason to believe that many more
will yet be discovered
WOOL GROWERS COMPANY
One ot the Important Business Concerns of
Southern Utah
This company has handled this season
sixteen hundred thousand pounds of wool
bulk of which is sold at fair prices The
company has fully accomplished its object
which was to place the wool growers in an
independent position as to the disposition
of their wool It is recognized by eight out
of every ten wool growers in the southern
country as being a decided benefit to their
interests and they believe in supporting
it It is a fact that the wool growers gen
erally in this section have improved their
wools and are more careful in preparing I
them for market and that Utah wools to
day outrank any territory wools except
Montana The wool growers are to be con
gratulated on their pride in bringing their
wools before the great manufacturers of
the each jn such condition as to merit their
particular attention The entire seasons
business would have been satisfactory to
buyers and sellers alike had it not been for
some large failures of woolen manufac
turers and commission houses in Boston
In the early part of the season the market
was buoyant and active but since the
failures it has been slow and unsteady
however at the present time the market is
more active and it is hoped prices will ad
vance The opposition this season to the
growers nas been much less pronounced
and it has at last been recognized as one of
the solid wool institutions of Utah Its
credit east and west and at home is all
that can be desired Its permanencvbeing
established which is due to the intelligent
and perseverance of many determined men
it is hoped that in future it will be per
mitted to pursue the even tenor of its way
and to unite with any others interested in
the promotion of the great wool industry
of Utah
NEPHI
SAVINGS BANK
AND
Trust Company
Capital 5000000
George C Whitmore President 1 1
Wall L Brown VicePresident
tDk I
Jonas H Erekson i
James E Clinton Directors
James E Farshee
J
L S Hills
James H Peterson
Alma Hague Cashier
General Banking Business Interest paid on
Savings Deposits Money to Loan on Real Es >
tate
NEPHI ROLLER MILLS
Capacity 100 Barrels
HYDE JENSEN
Lessees
BEST
Roller Flour
Bran and Feed
CORRESPONDENCE SOLICITED
Neplii Juab Cx Utah
C ANDREWS CO
DEALERS IN
111 IDES
VVOOL
Pelts Furs and Grain
Sheep Shears Sheep Dip f
s
AND IMPLEMENTS
C ANDREWS Manager
Jephi Utah
FIRST NATIONAL
BANK
OF
Nephi Utah
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PAID CAPITAL 50000
SURPLUS 20000
GENERAL BANKING
In all Its Branches
Draws sight drafts on the principal cities
of the United States sells drafts on the
chief cities of Europe deals in exchange
and general securities
COLLECTIONS PE03IPTL1 ATTENDED TO
Accounts of Merchants Manufacturers Min
ers and Individuals solicited
DIRECTORS
George C Whitmore Jonas H Erekson
L S Hills James H Mynders
Clinton
OFFICERS
GEORGE c WnmiotE President
JONAS H EREKSON VicePresident
ALMA HAGUE Cashier
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VLRIH I CaNE
yy 1 SL 1 tza 1 A B A S o < i I x
The Ne r erchants
I > ry Goods C101hing
HARDWARE BOOTS and SHOES
AND
Gents Furnisbing Goods
Cattle and Sheep Supplies Grain Fruit Veal Poultry Etc
Agents for Fairview Roller Mills Flour
AGENTS
Littles Sheep Dip
BREEDERS OP
Fine French Rams
Nephi Utah
Call and See the Immense Display
OF
CUTLERY GUNS PISTOLS HARDWARE
Ammunition Carpenters Tools Stoves Coal Yases Fireirons Etc Etc
Plumbers and Stock of Plumbing Goods The Largest and Best
Assorted Stock in Town
COOPER PYPER cSL OO 9
Wholesale and Retail dealers Nephi Utah
R M JOHNSON MATTHEW WHITE
R M Johnson Co
BROKERS AND COMMISSION MERCHANTS
Buying and Selling Real Estate Stocks
Grain Provisions and all kinds
of Merchandise
No 23 W First South Street Salt Lake City Utah
II
HYDE WHITMORE
Esto1 > 1ishec1 1SrS
Wholesale and Retail Dealers in
GENERAL A0 A
MERCHANDISE
Also Dealers in
ROCK + SALT
In Carload Lots
Correspondence Solicited
l epI2a Juab Coun1y Utah
Nephi Plaster
AND
MANUFACTURING COMPANY
Nephi Utah
DIRECTORSJohn Hague President Nephi
John McCraken VicePresident Portland Oregon
J A Hyde Secretary and Treasurer Nephi
Alma Hague Nephi F W Fowler Superintendent
George C Whitmore Nephi
Generalldorth srestern Agents
John McCraken Portland Or
Taeoma Trading Co Tacoma Wash
NEPHI m COOP
The Oldest and Most Reliable Store
Carries a I iall Stoolc ot
Dry and Fancy Goods
Boots and Shoes
Hats and Gaps
Hardware
Groceries
WHATEVER IS NEEDED IN THE FAMILY
Low Prices Fair Dealing Sound Stock
Thos H G Parkes Supt
J ADAMS WM ADAMS GEO ADAMS
I H GRACE J W GRACE C H GRACE
Adams Sons Company
CONTRACTORS 1 MANUFACTURERS
WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DEALERS IN
SASH DOORS BLINDS
MOULDINGS GLASS ETC
All Kinds of Builders Hardware Nails Etc
ZJaDcrlaotcarers oi
LUMBER AND BUILDING MATERIAL
Of All Kinds
Lumber Sawed and Dressed to Order Mill Work a Specialty
Sole Agents and Manufacturers of the Combination Wire Fence
for Juab and Sanpete Counties
Yard and Mill Nephi City Utah
Branch Yard at Eurel a IMxrtio
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