Edwin N. Williams was born in Kane
County, Illinois on August 8, 1845, son of John and Caroline Hobby Williams.
He joined the Union army in 1862, serving in the 69th Illinois regiment
under Colonel Joseph Tucker. Prior to the end of the Civil War, Williams
was one of the guards in charge of Confederate prisoners at Fort Douglas
in Chicago. After the war, Williams moved to Montana and owned a ranch
near present-day Bozeman. Williams also lived in Butte prior to moving
to Corinne, Utah, where he operated a freighting outfit for many years.
In 1873, Williams married Mary I. Tyler in Elgin, Illinois. They were
the parents of six children: John Tyler Williams (1874-? ); Minnie Louise
Williams (1878-1949); Lottie Belle Williams (1879-1879); Lottie Belle
Williams (1881-1930); Edwin Newton Williams Jr. (1883-1962); Carrie Irene
Williams (1886-1886). Mrs. Williams died in 1890. Williams resided in
Ogden for more than thirty years prior to his death on April 4, 1932.
Scope and Content Note
The collection is arranged
chronologically covering the period from 1890-1911. It contains personal
and business correspondence, bills and newspaper clippings.
Included in the business correspondence are letters dealing with real
estate holdings and financial matters. The collection also includes correspondence
from J. W. Guthrie concerning taxes for 1898. Guthrie started a banking
business in Corinne and later established a branch in Ogden. In 1878 H.
O. Harkness acquired the Guthrie bank, and in 1884 it was granted a national
charter and became the Commercial National Bank.
The personal correspondence provides interesting information on economic
conditions during this period. It includes a discussion of the lack of
housing in Salt Lake City, and the migration of families to the Bear River
Valley to establish farms. Personal letters also discuss common ailments
of the time including rheumatism, dyspepsia and neuralgia, as well as
some mentions of medicines taken for these ailments. Also included are
discussions of political activities, especially the right of women to
vote in Corinne.
The collection was obtained by purchase from Benchmark Books, Salt Lake
City, in August of 1998.
fd 1: 1890-91
fd 2: 1894
fd 3: 1895
fd 4: 1896
fd 5: 1897
fd 6: 1898
fd 7: 1899
fd 8: 1900
fd 9: 1901-02
fd 10: 1903
fd 11: 1904-05
fd 12: 1906
fd 13: 1908
fd 14: 1909
fd 15: 1910
fd 16: 1911
fd 17: undated
fd 18: undated newspaper clippings, one is in German.