Here are some tidbits from the Walker Bros...
Their mother remained a member of the Mormon Church, but in the early 1860's the bros. argued with Brigham Young over several issues and left the Church. Their continued prosperity no doubt rankled B. Young, and they had very tumultuous relationship with the Church leader until his death in 1877.
1872 photo of the Walker Bros. dry goods store and Walker Bros. bank building downtown Salt Lake City.
Inset photo shows store front from a different angle.
The Walkers had dry goods stores in both Fairfield, Utah and S.L.C. The town of Fairfield sprang into prominence in 1858 with the arrival of Federal troops (Johnston's Army) and the creation of Camp Floyd. Located approx. 40 miles southwest of S.L.C., Fairfield was a lively place catering to the soldier's "needs". As the Civil War approached, Camp Floyd was abandoned with the enlisted and officers returning east to fight on both sides.. Union/Confed. The "Johnson" of Johnston's Army was Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, famous Southern commander who died in the Battle of Shiloh in April of 1862.
They survived, even prospered, during the financial panics of 1873,1893,1907 and by the 1920's had become the largest bank in Utah
The bank merged into the First Interstate Banking group in 1981.
The 'new' Walker Bank Building opened Dec. of 1912. From an early post card.
The famous Walker House Hotel was built in 1872 and boasted 200 first class rooms. (copy of steroview sent to me by A.P. many thanks)
Tag or check from Walker's store... rumored to be from the Fairfield Store.. metal detector find.
What junk do we bring home!!!!
Hobnail mining boots of the 1870's had numerous insignia on the sole.
O.K. , U Bet, WBro.. I've seen several others including an ANo1.
Stamped pick heads are collectible I guess.. This Walker Bros pick came from a small workings in the Dry Canyon District.
Now my Clubhouse is not as green as the two "pure green" examples known. Mine is more of a yellow green... everything is looking more amber in this photo! as a point of reference... my Club is the one on the fencepost in Thomas's earlier book. some of you may remember that photo.
Anyway, compare the Club with the two different shades of Suits fifths.
The Hotaling shard is probably close to the green Clubhouses in color, so the Suits are not quite that green... not many fifths are!
A) Yellow green amber - 3 mint ones known, 2 known with small issues, 1 known with repaired neck.
B) A click more yellow amber - 1 mint known, 1 with potstone issue
C) Amber - 1 known with small annealing flash
There hasn't been that many broken ones found over the years. Probably less than 20.
First ad that I have seen advertising S.T. Suits. Aug of 1872.
The Walker Bros. became agents for J.H. Cutter Old Bourbon Aug of 1872.
The Bros. were also agents in Utah for Jessie Moore Whiskies. J. Moore shards are scattered all across the state.
Very interesting document. Walker's buying out or "joining forces" with Cunnington & Co. Aug. of 1872. Cunnington were the first agents for J.H. Cutter - Hotaling in Utah.
-see earlier post on Cunnington's Elephant Store
Even before the merger or the official start of the liquor house... the Bros. were selling popular products out of their dry goods store. Miner's outfitters.