Biography of William W. Chisholm
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WILLIAM WALLACE CHISHOLM
It was in the year of 1864 that the late William W. Chisholm arrived in Utah, where he was destined to become one of the best known and most representative citizens in the inter-mountain country. Residing in Salt Lake City from 1889 up to the time of his death, he was at all times a useful and public spirited citizen, and his loss is deplored by all who knew him,

He was a native of Hazel Green, Grant County, Wisconsin, and was born June 26, 1842. His father was Robert Bruce Chisholm, and his mother, Sarah Van Valkenburg Chisholm. Before settling in Wisconsin the elder Chisholm resided in Chicago, and was a large property owner there, including the lots upon which the Tremont Hotel stands, He was a pioneer in Chicago, and was a brick manufacturer, and was also interested in mining. W, W. Chisholm received an early education at Hazel Green, and in 1854 he went to Monona, Clayton County, Iowa, to live with an uncle, who was a cabinet maker, which occupation young Chisholm followed for two years and then learned the printer's trade at Winona, Wisconsin, securing employment on the "Democrat," where he worked for the first year for fifty dollars, In 1863 he went to Elgin, where his father had bought a farm, and there he made his home and attended the Elgin Academy, In 1864 father and son started for the West by stage to Omaha, and there they purchased mule teams and wagons and started for Virginia City, Montana, reaching there in September of that year.

His first occupation after arrival in Utah was as a wood chopper, and the following spring worked some mining claims, without success, Mining was then in its infancy in Utah. In the meantime the elder Chisholm had located claims in the Pahranagat Mining District, and in 1865 father and son returned East and disposed of them for cash,

In the spring of 1866 W. W. Chisholm went to Chicago to follow his trade of printing, securing employment on the "Post," where he remained for three years, and again returned to the West by rail, arriving in Utah May 10, 1869, the day of the meeting of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific at Promontory, Here he joined the late Captain Woodman at Bingham, and went with him to Little Cottonwood, where the Emma Mine had been located, He assisted Captain Woodman in the management of that property and was, in fact, the manager, the Captain having so many interests to handle, He remained with the Emma until 1872, when the Walker brothers obtained control of the property: then he retired. Returning to Salt Lake, he devoted his time to looking after his father's property, and his own mining interests throughout the State,

On the 9th of February, 1876, Mr. Chisholm was married to Miss N, Jeanette Kendall, sister of J. D. Kendall, who subsequently became his most intimate business associate, The same year the Centennial-Eureka Mine was located, but nothing much in the way of development and production was accomplished until September, 1884, when Mr. Kendall was put in charge. Operations then began with energy, and the mine was developed and became a great producer under his able management. By the recent death of Mr. W, W, Chisholm, which occurred at Los Angeles, March 19, 1909, Utah loses one of its most prominent mining men, as well as a useful and honored citizen.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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