Biography of Boyd Park
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BOYD PARK
Boyd Park is one of the most prominent jewelers in the United States, and his establishments in Salt Lake City and Denver, Colorado, are second to none in the jewelry trade. Mr. Park is a native of Scotland, and was born at Ellerslee, December 28, 1837, being at the present writing nearly seventy two years of age and still actively engaged with the business founded by him nearly forty years ago. He is a son of Alexander Park, who conducted a silk weaving establishment at Ellerslee, Scotland, and Margaret Stephenson Park.

Mr. Park received his education in the schools at Bridge of Weir, Scotland, and hips first occupation was working in the silk mills of his native place. In May, 1849, while still a boy, he arrived in New York City, and began the career which was destined to make him a successful man. Shortly after his arrival in this country he went to Troy, New York, where he learned the jeweler's trade thoroughly, with the firm of William L. Adams. Starting as an apprentice in 1852, he worked his way to the top. He remained there until 1862, when he removed to Poultney, Vermont, and became associated with Jervis Joslin, remaining there until the spring of 1866, when he went to Denver, Colorado, and in May of that year he established the first Western store of the well known firm of Joslin Park. In December, 1867, he extended his business, and opened a store in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and he conducted that place while his partner, Mr: Joslin, established a like concern in Leadville, Colorado, under the firm name of Joslin & Park. In 1871 the Salt Lake establishment was opened under the same firm name, which remained until the death of Mr. Joslin, when Mr. Park purchased from his estate his interest in all of the stores, and has since continued the business, doing a manufacturing and retail business of great magnitude. The manufacturing department is one of the best equipped and does the largest volume of business of any house west of Chicago.

Mr. Park is one of the best known and most respected citizens of the inter-mountain country, and is always foremost in any movement for the public good and welfare of Salt Lake City. He was a member of the Library Board for several years, was president of the Bank of Commerce for a number of years, and has been, and is now, actively identified with many of Salt Lake City's largest industries.

Mr. Park was married in January, 1869, to Miss Jennie Culver, of an old American family dating back to Revolutionary times, and to them were born two children: Samuel C. and Margaret B. Park. Mr. Park is a member of the Alta and Commercial clubs, and of the Masonic fraternity, being a Knight Templar and a Mystic Shriner.

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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