Alonzo George Barber : papers, 1885-1901  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Barber, Alonzo George, 1857-1922
Alonzo George Barber : papers
1885-1901 (inclusive)
2 boxes, (1 linear ft. )
Collection Number
Correspondence (1894-1901), financial papers, including checkbooks and checks, tax summaries and receipts; papers dealing with the estate of his father George Barber; and other miscellaneous papers.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

Open to public research.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Alonzo George Barber was born the son of George and Rebecca Louisa Ramon Barber on February 26,1857 at Ft. Supply, Wyoming. His father had emigrated from England in 1850, having joined the Mormon church several years previously. His mother Rebecca was George's second wife. Born in Addison County, Vermont, her family moved soon after to New York, then to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1836. After the expulsion from Nauvoo the family moved to Salt Lake City where she married George Barber. They moved to Ft. Supply in 1855.

In 1869 George moved his two wives (Adaline Hatch and Rebecca Louisa Ramond) and young son Alonzo George to a log house in Smithfield Utah, and in another 3 years to a large house at 170 North Main.

A.G. learned responsibility early in life as he and his brothers Walter and Herbert took over the management of a quarter section of land that belonged to their father. They put a house on the land, followed by irrigation, culinary water and other necessities.

His father organized the first implement store in Cache Valley and gave his sons responsibilities in it. George Barber & Sons was a successful venture, and later Herbert started his own implement store in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, later returning to Logan in 1907. He set up another implement store in Logan. A.G. and his brother also organized a cattle ranching outfit in Star Valley, Wyoming and were great helps in financing for other ambitious ranchers in the area.

A.G. became a leader in the community, church, business, education, and banking. He moved to Logan and became a director in the Cache Valley Bank, later in charge of the Lewiston State Bank. He also served as President and manager of the Union Knitting Mills in Logan.

His schooling started with the public schools in Smithfield where his father was a teacher, later attending the Brigham Young College and Utah State Agricultural College. Alonzo George Barber's life ended quietly on December 10th, 1922 at Logan, Utah.

Information from the Smithfield Diaries USU MS Coll 34

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence (1894-1901), financial papers, including checkbooks and checks, tax summaries and receipts; papers dealing with the estate of his father George Barber; and other miscellaneous papers.

Items at the bottom of the container list have been removed and filed separately.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use


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Permission to publish material from the Alonzo George Barber : papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Alonzo George Barber : papers, 1885-1901. (COLL MSS 79). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Loose envelopes from Correspondence
(41 pieces)
1 1 Correspondence
(1 item 6 pieces)
1 2 Correspondence
(4 items 18 pieces)
1 3 Correspondence
(5 items 13 pieces)
1 4 Letters from A.G. Barber
(2 items 4 pieces)
1 5 Water leases
(2 pieces)
1 6 Personal Checkbooks - 3 books
Blue backing (11 item 21 pieces); brown backing (11 item, 8 pieces); grey book (11 item, 15 pieces)
1 7 Loose checks drawn mostly on Thatcher Bank, Personal Checks (some business, some from Barber Bros. Cattle)
(91 pieces)
1 8 A.G. Barber vs E.W. Greener legal actions
(11 items 14 pieces)
1 9 Miscellaneous Receipts (coal, electricity, etc.)
(60 pieces)
1 10 Notes from book accounts of Barber & Thomas (Implement), possibly uncollected notes
(11 item, 23 pieces)
1 11 Loose promissory notes to George Barber & Son, also Barber and Thomas
(2 items, 29 pieces)
1 12 Adding machine tapes & Bank Check lists
(16 pieces)
1 13 Papers dealing with the George Barber Estate
(11 item, 17 pieces)
1 14 Miscellaneous items in collection (I.O.U.'s, checks & receipts, notes, piano bill of sale)
(2 items, 20 pieces)
2 1 Tax summaries, story "The One-Eyed Servant"
(1 item, 4 pieces)
2 2 Local property tax receipts
(11 pieces)
2 3 Misc. legal papers (mortgages, indentures)
(3 items, 9 pieces)
2 4 Loose letter carbons
(2 items, 3 pieces)
2 5 Unusual receipt book, sheets of a music book, "Etudes"
Photograph of Consolidated Implement Co.
Item removed and filed separately.
Pamphlet "The Gospel Concerning Church and State"
Item removed and filed separately.
Portrait Collection of conferences: Presidents of the British mission
Item removed and filed separately.
January 8,10,11,12, 1898.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Barber, Alonzo George, 1857-1922.
  • Barber, George, 1829-1890--Estate.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Smithfield (Utah)--History.
  • Star Valley (Wyo. and Idaho)--History.