Mathew McCullough Forster (not to be confused with his first cousin Mathew A. Forster who was also a photographer in Mendon) was born on March 29, 1860, in Mendon, Utah. He was said to have been the second child born in Mendon. He served on a mission for the LDS Church to Great Britain from 1899-1901. Upon his return he was engaged as the postmaster of Mendon and as a photographer. He also served as a counselor in the Y.M.M.I.A., and was elected Secretary of the city of Mendon in 1913. Sometime after 1913, however, he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and worked as a street car motor man. Forster returned to Mendon when he retired. He died in 1935. He was married to Carrie M. Sorenson, but the two apparently did not have children.
The Mathew Forster photograph collection consists of a photograph album of images probably taken just before Forster left on his LDS mission in 1899. The photographs consist of Salt Lake City views, agricultural scenes around Mendon, and members of the Forster family.
Nitrate negatives have been removed from this collection and placed in Cold Storage box 4. Patrons must request to view these negatives 3 hours in advance. Copies are available in box 1.
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Initial Citation: P0010; Mathew M. Forster Photograph Collection; Photograph Collections; Utah State University Special Collections and Archives, Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University.
Following Citations: P0010, USUSC.
|1.01.: A wooden trestle bridge, possibly over the Jordan River in the Salt Lake Valley||1890-1925|
|1.02: A wooden trestle bridge, possibly over the Jordan River in the Salt Lake Valley||1890-1925|
|1.03: Image of farm, assumed to be the Forster ranch in Mendon, Utah||1890-1925|
|1.04: Farm scene, dog coming towards a young girl, boy in the background||1890-1925|
|1.05: Farm scene, young girl standing next to a group of roosters and chickens||1890-1925|
|1.06: Farm scene, young girl standing up next to a baby buggy||1890-1925|
|1.11: Four women standing outside, in front the James G. Willie home||1890-1925|
|1.12: One woman standing outside, in front the Willie home||1890-1925|
|1.13: Woman standing in the yard with an animal at her feet, blurred image||1890-1925|
|1.14: Woman sitting in the doorway of the Willie home||1890-1925|
|1.15: Man and a woman sitting together on large boulders||1890-1925|
|1.16: Two women holding up an object in a field||1890-1925|
|1.17: Three people standing outside, on the side of house||1890-1925|
|1.18: Man holding the reins of a horse. Horse standing in the street in front of some buildings||1890-1925|
|1.19: Man holding the reins of a horse. Horse standing in the street in front of some buildings||1890-1925|
|1.20: Image of horse standing the street, buildings in the background||1890-1925|
|1.21: West side of the Salt Lake City and County Building||1890-1925|
|1.22: Two women, two young girls, and a boy standing on a porch||1890-1925|
|1.23: View looking north at Eagle Gate||1890-1925|
|1.24: View looking northwest at the Brigham Young Monument, LDS Salt Lake Temple in the background||1890-1925|
|1.25: The south side of the LDS Salt Lake Temple||1890-1925|
|1.26: The Assembly Hall in Salt Lake City||1890-1925|
|1.27: Store owned by Charles Ellis Johnson, The Johnson Co. (sign says "Kodaks and Curios") and the Desert News and Publishing Co|
|1.28: View looking southwest at intersection of South Temple and Main Street, shows Brigham Young Monument and Continental Block||1890-1925|
|1.29: The Bureau of Information building||1890-1925|
|1.30: The Salt Lake Theater||1890-1925|
|1.31: Young boy in overalls leading a cow down a path. Hens next to the fence||1890-1925|
|1.32: Two young girls, a boy, and a cow||1890-1925|
|1.33: Man holding on to the side of a cow, winter scene||1890-1925|
|1.34: Cow eating hay out of a wagon, winter scene||1890-1925|
|1.35: Cows standing in a field, winter scene||1890-1925|
|1.36: Pigs and piglets in a field||1890-1925|
|1.37: Pigs in their pen, a man and two horses also in pen||1890-1925|
|1.38: Portrait post card of "Aunt Violet"||1890-1925|
|1.39: Portrait post card of a man, taken in Ipswich in January||1913|
|1.40: Post card of Violet Nelson Jensen and Myrtle Nelson Holmgren playing the guitar and ukelele||1890-1925|
|1.41: Family snapshot in front of the car||1920-1925|
|1.42-63: 1:42-63. Probably members of the Forster
family. Also includes a photo of the Saltair Saloon, farm buildings, a stone
bridge, and what appears to be a hotel registration desk. At least two of
the photos show a horse and buggy next to Old Main
These photographs were printed from nitrate negatives some of which show extensive deterioration