Biography of John C. Sharp
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JOHN C. SHARP
John C. Sharp, son of Joseph Sharp, youngest brother of the late Bishop John Sharp, and Jeannette Sharp, was born on the Caw River, Kansas, May 28, 1850, and arrived in Salt Lake in the arms of his mother August 28th of the same year. Joseph Sharp, the father, was a well known freighter across the plains and the owner of a large amount of live stock. John C. Sharp was educated in the schools of Salt Lake City, and on February 12, 1812, was married to Bethula Palmer. Two sons were born of this union, Joseph Palmer Sharp and James Palmer Sharp.

Joseph Sharp seems to have begun to grow rich as soon as he landed in New Orleans with his elder brothers, John and Adam, for he is found to have been the owner of a freighting train with many teams before he started to cross the plains. After his arrival in Utah the Sharp brothers were given the contract by Brigham Young for all the stone for the Tabernacle, the Tithing House and the old Council House, where the Deseret News Building now stands. All this time he had many teams at work on various public and other enterprises and had gone steadily forward increasing his live stock interests. In addition to being the father of John C. Sharp, he was the father of Joseph C. Sharp, the present sheriff of Salt Lake County. Joseph Sharp died in 1864.

The year he was married John C. Sharp moved to Vernon, in Tooele County, where an ecciestiastical ward had been organized, and he was ordained as bishop, and he held the place twenty five years, the ward growing in numbers and wealth continuously. At Vernon John C. Sharp rapidly became a well to do man. He had acquired lands and cultivated them successfully; he had flocks of sheep and herds of cattle and they thrived and multiplied and brought him constantly increasing returns. Meantime, in the capital city of the State, he was acquiring heavy holdings in the Deseret National Bank, Z. C. M. I., State Bank of Utah, First National Bank of Ogden, Commercial Bank of Provo, Utah and Idaho Sugar Company, Alaska Ice and Storage Company, Inter-Mountain Sand, Brick & Cement Company, and other enterprises. He has served for years as president of the State Board of Sheep Commissioners. In 1897 he transferred a large portion of the extensive sheep business he had been doing in Utah to Idaho, and there continued it with success until 1906, when he sold most of it. He still retains a controlling interest in a ranch in Idaho, which he uses for breeding cattle and thoroughbred horses, horse breeding having been his specialty. The uniform success of these extensive operations has placed Mr. Sharp in affluent circumstances.

John C. Sharp is president of the Inter-Mountain Sand, Brick & Cement Company and of the Alaska Ice & Storage Company, and his elder son, J. Palmer Sharp, is secretary and treasurer of both companies. The younger son, James Palmer Sharp, is manager of his father's ranch at Bruneau, Idaho, where he still has cattle and horses and a large ranch with ample water rights. The residence of John C. Sharp is at 26 E Street, 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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