Biography of John Dern
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JOHN DERN
One of the solid and substantial citizens of Salt Lake City who have done much in the way of development of the mineral wealth of Utah, is John Dern. A native of Germany, he Caine to America in 1865 when only fifteen years of age, and, like many another man who has won fame and fortune, secured his start on the farm and completed his education in the schools of Illinois. In 1869 he went to Fremont, Nebraska, shortly after the completion of the Union Pacific Railroad, where he engaged in farming until 1879. Then, extending his lines of activity, he engaged in the grain, lumber, coal and live stock business, and later in the field of banking. In 1888 he was elected State Senator from the Tenth Senatorial District of Nebraska, and from 1890 to 1894 was the county treasurer of Dodge County, that State.

In 1890 his attention was turned to mining investments in Utah, and while still a resident of Nebraska he became one of the founders of the Consolidated Mercur Gold Mines Company, a property which, under his direction, has been developed until it is regarded as a bonanza of Utah and has the record of paying $3,385,000 in dividends. Mr. Dern is the president of this property, and is also largely interested in. Tintic properties, being president and general manager of the Uncle Sam Consolidated Mining Company at Tintic; vice president and manager of the Lower Mammoth Mining Company of the same district; president and general manager of the May Cay Mining and Milling Company, and holding a directorship and heavy interests in numerous mining properties in other districts of Utah and Nevada. He is a large investor in Salt Lake City Realty, and has numerous commercial interests in in this city as well as in Nebraska, where he formerly resided. He is confident that Salt Lake City will become the metropolis of the intermountain region, is broad minded, public spirited, and takes an active interest in every move that makes for the welfare of the city and State. He is prominently identified with the masonic fraternity. He is a trustee of the Agricultural College of Utah and a member of the Alta and Commercial clubs of Salt Lake City.

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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