Biography of Lafayette Holbrook
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LAFAYETTE HOLBROOK
Among the most prominent of Utahans is Lafayette Holbrook of Provo, who was twice mayor of that city, serving from 1893 to 1897.

Mr. Holbrook is a native of Utah, born in Salt Lake City, September 7, 1850. His ancestors were early New Englanders, his grandfather, Moses Holbrook, being a native of the Bay State, born in Sturbridge in 1779. His father, Chandler Holbrook, who was an engineer, and his mother, Eunice Dunning, were born in New York and were pioneers of Utah. They resided in Salt Lake City until 1852. When Lafayette Holbrook was two years old they removed to Fillmore, where the subject of this sketch resided until 1880.

During his residence in Fillmore he engaged in farming and stock raising, particularly the latter. In 1871 he purchased cattle in the region around Abilene, Kansas, and drove them to Utah, and in 1873 he visited Texas, where he purchased cattle and drove them also through to Utah.

In October, 1873, Mr. Holbrook went to Europe. During his sojourn there he visited France, but spent most of his time in the British Isles, returning to Utah in 1875. In 1876 he was, on October 9th, married to Emily A. Hinckley. Ten children were born to them, seven of whom are living. They are: Lafayette H., Jean Clara, Eunice A., Ora L., Florence L., Ruth and Lincoln Holbrook. Those dead are Emmet G., Ava Luvile and Lillian M.

In 1877 Mr. Holbrook was elected assessor and collector of Millard County, which office he held four years. In December, 1880, he removed from Fillmore, going to Frisco, in Beaver County, where he for seven years engaged in merchandising and mining. He has retained his interest in a number of mining and industrial companies which he developed and built up, both in Utah and in other States. He is an official in many of these and manager of several.

In 1890 Mr. Holbrook removed from Fillmore to Provo, where he still resides. He was proprietor for seven years of the Roberts House, one of the best known hostelries in Utah. He has aided in the development of many Utah County enterprises.

In 1896 Mr. Holbrook was the Republican nominee for congressman, but with his party was defeated, due to the battle waged for silver in the State.

His oldest son, Lafayette H., has spent three and one half years abroad, going around the world, departing from Vancouver, British Columbia, and returning via New York. While on his tour he visited many of the islands of the Pacific, Australia, the Holy Land and many other places in the old world. His three eldest daughters, Jean Clara, Eunice A., and Ora L., have visited Europe, Jean Clara remaining there for two years.

Mr. Holbrook has ever been alive to the moral and material interests of the communities in which he has resided.

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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