James Bridger

James Bridger Matthew Despain and Fred R. Gowans Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 James Bridger was one of the greatest frontiersmen of Utah and American history. During his lifetime he was a hunter, trapper, trader, Indian fighter, and guide, and one of only a few trappers to remain in the Rockies after the demise of the fur trade. In 1822 young …

Martha Hughes Cannon

John Sillito and Constance Lieber Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 Martha Maria Hughes Cannon, noted physician and the first female state senator in the United States, was born 1 July 1857 near Llandudno, Wales, the second of three daughters born to Peter and Elizabeth Evans Hughes. The Hughes family, converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, emigrated to …

David Eccles

Leonard J. Arrington Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 David Eccles was born in Paisley, Scotland, on 12 May 1849. He was the second son in a family of seven children born to William and Sarah Hutchinson Eccles. William, a half-blind wood turner, and Sarah lived in poverty in the Glasgow area until 1863, when, having converted to Mormonism, they migrated with …

John Charles Fremont

John C. Fremont was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1813, the son of Charles Fremont, a French emigre, and Ann Beverly Whiting of Virginia. Fremont spent his boyhood in Charleston and was educated in the Scientific Department of the College of Charleston before his expulsion in 1831, three months short of graduation. In 1833 Fremont obtained a civilian post as …

Miles Goodyear

Richard W. Sadler Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 Miles Goodyear was a mountain man during the last years of the fur trade who built and occupied Fort Buenaventura in what is now Ogden, Utah. Goodyear was born in Hamden, Connecticut, on 24 February 1817 and was orphaned at the age of four. After serving much of his youth as a “bound …

Jacob Hamblin

Jay M. Haymond Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 Jacob Hamblin was born 6 April 1819 in Ashtabula County, Ohio. His parents were farmers, and he learned farming as a youth. In 1836 his family moved to Wisconsin Territory and homesteaded at a place called Spring Prairie. Hamblin’s father told Jacob when he was nineteen that he had been a faithful boy …

Hoskannini

HOSKANINNI AVOIDED THE NAVAJO ORDEAL AT BOSQUE REDONDO AND PROSPERED W. Paul Reeve History Blazer, July 1995 The scenic area known as Monument Valley in the extreme southeastern corner of Utah was at one time dominated by a little known Navajo chief called Hush-Kaaney (anglicized “Hoskaninni” and also “Hoskinnini”). From 1862 until his death in 1912 Hoskaninni was “emperor” of …

Albert Sidney Johnston

Scott Nielson Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994          Albert Sidney Johnston was born in Washington, Kentucky, on 2 February 1803. He was educated at Transylvania University and then at West Point, where he graduated in 1826. Johnston impressed people with his intelligence and demeanor, and, consequently, he managed to climb the ranks rapidly. He served in the army for many years, and …

Thomas Kearns

Miriam B. Murphy Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 Thomas Kearns was born in 1862 in Oxford County, Ontario, Canada, to Margaret Maher and Thomas Kearns. He moved with his Irish immigrant parents to a farm in Nebraska and there obtained a grammar-school education. The development of mining in the West drew him in 1883 to Park City, Utah, where he worked, …

Tabby-To-Kwanah, Man of Peace

Lyndia Carter History Blazer, April 1996 In the quiet solemnity of the Heber City cemetery stands a simple sandstone marker bearing the initials T. T. A huge pine tree towers over the grave, shadowing the burial place of Tom Tabby, son of Tabby-To-Kwanah, a chief of the Ute Indians who lived at the reservation in the Uinta Basin in 1867. …