F. P. GRIDLEY
F. P. Gridley, general manager of the Central Coal & Coke Company, one of the largest concerns of its kind
in the United States, is a resident of Salt Lake City and represents the extensive interests there of the above
Mr. Gridley was born at Markman, Ohio, April 10th, 1854, but immediately afterward his parents removed to Cleveland,
Ohio, where young Gridley resided until he was twelve years of age. In 1865 his father, James U. Gridley, became
interested in the West and removed with his family to Omaha, Nebraska, where he engaged in the business of freighting
and cattle. Here Mr. Gridley remained until 1893 when he came to Utah and has been actively engaged in business
here ever since. On March 27th, 1895, Mr. Gridley was married to Miss Kate Russell, a native of Utah, at Ogden,
and they have two children, Jack and Katherine, and reside at 255 Sixth East Street.
Mr. Gridley is a member of the Alta Club of Salt Lake City, and also of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.
The Central Coal & Coke Company, which is incorporated under the laws of Missouri, with general headquarters
at Kansas City, is officered as follows: Chas. S. Keith, president and general manager; Chas. Campbell, vice president;
J. C. Sherwood, vice president and general auditor; E. E. Riley, treasurer. It operates upwards of forty coal mines
in the States of Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming; and also several large saw mills in the yellow
pine districts of Louisiana and Texas. The total output of the mines of this company for the last year was 2,300,000
tons, and of the mills 112,000,000 feet. The company owns in the neighborhood of 175,000 acres of virgin timber
land in the yellow pine districts and 80,000 acres of cut over land. The total number of employees is about 7500,
and the annual business of the company will approximate $15,000,000.
The Wyoming mines owned by the Central Coal & Coke Company are located at Rock Springs, where they mine their
well known "Peacock" Rock Springs coal, which is the ranking coal in the western market. This coal is
distributed from the Missouri River to the Pacific Coast and throughout the States of Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota,
Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho, where it is used very extensively for
domestic, mining, smelting and steam purposes.
This company has also been operating for several years in Salt Lake City a large retail yard, where they have handled
their own product and built up a very extensive business.
The general western manager of the Central Coal & Coke Company is Mr. F. P. Gridley, with offices at No. 38
South Main Street, Salt Lake City, from which the operations of the mines are directed and the general wholesale
and retail business handled.
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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