Forster family papers, 1891-1942  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Forster, Mathew McCullough, 1860-1935
Forster family papers
1891-1942 (inclusive)
1899-1901 (bulk)
33 cm. or smaller, (6 volumes )
Collection Number
Collection consists of three financial ledgers (1891-1942) and three missionary journals (1899-1901). The financial ledgers concern Mathew A. Forster and John E. Buckland. The missionary diaries (books 4-6) concern Mathew McCullough Forster during his mission to Barnsley, England. Books 1-2 of the financial ledgers were written by Mathew A. Forster when he operated a general store in anaconda, Montana, and contain the financial records of the store (1891-1892). Book 3 is a farm labor book with a record of farm work and payroll (also contains a scriptural handwritten discourse), recorded by John E. Buckland (1930-1942).
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
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Open to public research.

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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Mathew A. Forster was born July 10, 1867, in Mendon, Utah, to Robert and Agnes Forster. Mathew A. lived in Mendon until 1891 when he found employment in Anaconda, Montana, working as a store clerk and manager. By 1905, he had returned to Mendon, and was working as the town postmaster and a photographer. In 1913 Mathew A. was elected to serve as secretary for the town mayor, and later became city treasurer. According to the Herald Journal, Mathew A. was an artist and involved with the early theater and dramatic companies of Cache Valley, apparently "producing scenes for their plays" (July 4, 1916). In 1916, Mathew A. became ill with typhoid fever, and died on July 2, 1916.

Sources for Mathew A. Forster:

Obit., Herald Journal, July 4, 1916

Mendon City Cemetery, Index F:

For additional information on Mathew A. Foster see Coll Mss 238: Bound Manuscripts: Bd Mss 34 and 35; The Mendon Postmaster Records.

John E. Buckland was born on May 14, 1872, in Bountiful, Utah, to Silas Kenneth and Luella Camilla Pack Buckland. In 1904 John married Dorothy Reid, and had four children, two of whom died in infancy. During his life he also married Floy Hawley Clay and Nellie Searle Branson. Dorothy Reid died on October 11, 1911 in Archer, Idaho. John E. Buckland died on August 31, 1942 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was buried two days later in Archer, Idaho.

Sources for John E. Buckland:

Carter, Kate B., The Ship Brooklyn Saints, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City, 1960. (USU Special Collections & Archives: 979.208 D265 no. 214)

Mathew McCullough Forster was born March 29, 1860, the first male child born in Mendon, Utah, to Ralph and Margaret McCullough Forster. As a young man he worked for a railroad company laying track between Utah and Montana. During his time working the railroad, the Desert News reported that Mathew M. "rescued one of his fellow workers, single handed, from a bear which attacked him" (Nov. 22, 1935). In 1893, Forster purchased $60.00 of stock, amounting to sixty acres of land, in the Mendon North Pasture Company. From 1893-1898 he served as director of the Mendon North Pasture Company, and in 1896 he also served as trustee.

In 1899, at age 39, Mathew M. was called to labor as a missionary in England for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During his time as a missionary in England, he was present at the Shefield Conferences, serving in conjunction Franklin H. Wyatt (see Mss 113: The Franklin H. Wyatt Papers). After serving as a missionary for two years, in 1901 Forster returned to Mendon and became a councilor of Mendon's Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association. In 1903 Mathew M. sold his stock in the Mendon North Pasture Company, moved to Salt Lake City, and began working as a streetcar motorman for the Utah Light & Traction Company. On November 9, 1904, in Salt Lake City, Mathew M. married Caroline Malena Sorenson (of Mendon). Thereafter, Mathew M. worked for the UL & T Company for 25 years until his retirement in 1930, when he moved back to Mendon and volunteered his time working in the Logan Temple. On November 21, 1935, Mathew McCullough Forster died in Mendon at the age of 75.

Sources for Mathew McCullough Forster:

Mathew M. Forster Photograph Collection: P0010

Sorenson, Isaac, History of Mendon, Publishers Press, Salt Lake City, 1988. (979.27 M523)

Mendon North Pasture Company Records: Coll MSS 166, Fds 4-6.

Obit., Desert News, November 22, 1935

Obit., The Herald Journal, November 22, 1935

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This six ledger/diary collection consists of three financial ledgers (1891-1942) and three LDS missionary diaries (1899-1901). The financial ledgers concern Mathew A. Forster and John E. Buckland. The missionary diaries concern Mathew McCullough Forster. Mathew McCullough Forster and Mathew A. Forster were cousins on their fathers side, and both one-time residents of Mendon, Utah.

Books 1 and 2 were written by Mathew A. Forster when he operated a general store in Anaconda, Montana, and consist of the financial records of the store (1891-1992).

Book 3 contains a record of farm work and payroll, recorded by John E. Buckland (1930-1942).

Books 4-6 are the missionary diaries of Mathew McCullough Forster (1899-1901).

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use


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Permission to publish material from the Forster family papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Forster family papers, 1891-1942. (COLL MSS 240). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
Book 1: Journal, financial records from a general store in Anaconda, Montana, bookkeeping by M. A. Forster 1891-1892
Book 2: Ledger, financial records from a general store in Anaconda, Montana, bookkeeping by M. A. Forster 1891-1892
Book 3: Farm labor book, John E. Buckland's record
(also contains a scriptural handwritten discourse)
Book 4: M. M. Forster's missionary diary 1900 October 1-1901 May 23
Book 5: M. M. Forster's missionary diary 1899 March 28-1900 September 30
Book 6: M. M. Forster's mission diary
(also contains a list of correspondence received and answered)
1900 October 2-1901 June 3

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Agricultural laborers--West (U.S.)--Records and correspondence.
  • Grocery trade--Montana--Anaconda--Records and correspondence.
  • Mormon Church--Missions--England--Diaries.
  • Mormons--Diaries.
  • Mormons--Missionary experiences--England--Diaries.
  • Personal Names :
  • Buckland, John E., 1872-1942.
  • Forster, M. A. (Mathew A.), 1867-1916.
  • Forster, Mathew McCullough, 1860-1935--Diaries.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Anaconda (Mont.)--Business records.