From making molasses to making confectionery, and then to making crackers, until he became the head of the National
Biscuit Company, the largest manufacturer of crackers in this intermountain empire, and, while doing this, to look
after various other matters, including a mission to the old world, would indicate that the person who did all this
must have wonderful vitality and nerve and push. This is the career of Henry Wallace, head of the National Biscuit
Company in Utah. Born in Somersetshire, England, April 27, 1840, his parents being of good old Scotch stock, his
father a cloth weaver, Henry Wallace soon learned what it was to labor; and, after acquiring an education in the
National school, he was apprenticed to a confectioner and baker in Ironic, England, which trade he mastered.
When in his fourteenth year he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, and since then
has been a firm believer in that faith. At twenty two years of age he went to London, and in his twenty third year
he left England for Utah, sailing from Liverpool, May 12, 1862, and arriving in Salt Lake City, October 5th of
the same year. His trip across the plains from St. Joseph was made with the Hancel Harmon party.
On arriving here, Mr. Wallace worked with Levi North at Mill Creek, making molasses. He then worked at the carpenter's
trade for about nine months, during which time he made seats for the Tabernacle at Bountiful. Then he engaged with
William Eddington, who ran a general store, bakery and lunchroom. This was in 1863. Four years later he bought
out the business, which he continued until 1875, when he closed up the business and entered the company of Jennings
and Saddler, and at once was put in charge of the grocery department. He remained ten years with this firm, and
in April, 1885, he formed a partnership with George Husler and purchased the business of the Utah Cracker Company.
This business was continued until 1889, when the firm dissolved, Mr. Wallace purchasing his partner's interest,
and continuing the business until 1892, when he sold hips establishment to the American Biscuit & Manufacturing
Company, Mr. Wallace remaining as manager. Six years later, when the National Biscuit Company was formed, the American
Company in Salt Lake was dissolved and Mr. Wallace was made manager of the new corporation, which position he still
Mr. Wallace has always been a business man. Politics has had no allurements for him, although he has been tendered
many nominations. He did consent to serve the people twice, once as a member of the Salt Lake City Council in 1907,
and as school trustee of the Seventh District. It was while in the latter position that a contest between the Mormons
and non Mormons occurred over a tax voted by the former for the erection of a schoolhouse, which was finally decided
by Judge Zane in favor of the Mormon trustee.
Mr. Wallace was married on February 7, 1863, to Miss Ellen Harper. Nine children were born to them, all of whom
are living. They are: Henry J., William R., Howard A., Rosetta E., George H., Mary Ellen, Walter A., Mabel K.,
and Ashley H.
Mr. Wallace is one of the best known citizens of Salt Lake City, and is a hale, hearty and vigorous man. In politics
he is a Democrat. He is a member of but one club, the Commercial Club of Salt Lake City.
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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