Robert Forrester, one of the most eminent and progressive geologists and mining engineers in the United States,
and one whose services are constantly in demand, owing to his superior knowledge of minerals and rock formation,
is a native of Balinalcolm, Kings Kettle, Fifeshire, Scotland, at which place he was born, November 22, 1864. He
inherits from his father, John Forrester, his aptitude in geology and mining, and from childhood he made it a study,
until today he has perfected himself so thoroughly in his chosen profession that he is considered an absolute authority
and expert in geology, mining engineering, and in the coal industry, of which he has made a special study. Mr.
Forrester was educated in the common schools of West Calder, and later took the course at the University of Edinburgh,
from which he graduated with honors. He emigrated to this country in 1887, going first to Clearfield County, Pennsylvania,
where he made a thorough study of the coal industry.
In 1888 he superintended the building of a street railway in Kansas City, Mo., and while there had charge of the
first mining exhibit ever held in that city.
He came to Utah in December, 1889, and became associated with the Pleasant Valley Coal Company. In 1892 he was
appointed United States Inspector of Mines for Utah, which duties required much careful investigation, and it is
fair to state that everything recommended by him was indorsed and promptly carried out.
Mr. Forrester is consulting engineer for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, by whom his services are greatly
valued, and he is geologist for the Utah Fuel Company, the most important concern in the coal industry in the West.
Mr. Forrester has opened the Sunnyside, Linierset, Castle Gate, Clear Creek, and Winter Quarters coal mines of
the Utah Fuel Company ; the Diamond Coal and Coke Company, owned by the Amalgamated Copper Company; the Morrison
Mine, for the Sterling Coal and Coke Company; Persions Peak Mine, for the Calumet Fuel Company of Colorado; and
the Home Fuel Company's Mine, at Coalville. Mr. Forrester has made a special study of geology and the economic
features of engineering, and in the performance of his professional duties has always applied good business tact
and judgment as well as his scientific knowledge and technical skill. Mr. Forrester enlisted in the Second Volunteer
Cavalry in the War with Spain, in 1898, and was mustered out in October, as a sergeant. He is a member of the F.
G. S. E., N. Geological Society; A. A. A. S. Col. Sci. Society; A. I. M. E. and the M. M. S. A.; also of the Alta
Club, Commercial Club, and Denver Athletic Club. He was married September 11, 1890, to his first wife, and to his
present wife June 8, 1903.
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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