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Charles Edwin Loose Political Correspondence, 1897-1928

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Loose, C. E. (Charles Edwin), 1853-1929
Title
Charles Edwin Loose Political Correspondence
Dates
1897-1928 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 box, (.5 linear foot)
Collection Number
USU_COLL MSS 172
Summary
Collection consists of incoming letters and a few telegrams concerning Utah political matters written by other Utah republicans. The primary correspondent was Reed Smoot, Republican senator from Utah (1903-1933) and Provo banker; many of his letters regard their joint mining ventures. Also includes a delegate certificate from the ninth session of the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress, June, 1897 and a photocopy of a life sketch of C.E. Loose from the Herald Journal, January, 1929.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Charles Edwin Loose became a prominent Utah industrialist and a key figure in the Utah Republican party at the end of the 19th century and his correspondence reflects this involvement. Born in Quincy, Illinois in 1853 to Betsey Jane and Robert Loose, C.E.'s father passed away the following year. Betsey Jane was a member of the Mormon Church and she with her family emigrated to Utah in 1860. Once in Utah the family settled in Payson. However Charles and his two brothers Robert Warren and William A. left home in the late 1860s and moved to the mining country of northwestern Nevada and north eastern California. For the next two decades the brothers worked in the mines of this area. Charles also did some prospecting in New Mexico and Mexico.

Loose moved back to Payson in 1887 in order to be closer to his mother and in 1888 married Mary Jane Patten. He settled permanently in Provo, Utah. Loose continued to be involved in mining. He had interests in several mines in Utah's Titnic District. He eventually became associated with Provo banker Reed Smoot. Thus when Smoot ran for the United States Senate in 1902 Loose was a principal backer in the campaign.

Politically, Loose was an active republican. He twice served on the state republican committee, as well as being a member of the republican national committee. In 1912 he was elected to serve as a delegate from Utah to the Republican National Convention. He was also elected to the Utah Senate twice.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The correspondence in this collection is all incoming to Loose and covers the period from 1904 to 1928. The majority of the letters were written by Reed Smoot. Other correspondents include members of the Republican National Committee and Utah Republicans. Many of the issues that Smoot addresses have their joint mining ventures. Smoot's position as chairman of the public lands committee in the Senate seems to have helped Loose at times. Also, the collection contains a report from the Globe Investigation company concerning union organizing that was occurring in the Utah mines. The letters have been placed into chronological order so that the events would unfold as they occurred.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Charles Edwin Loose Political Correspondence must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Charles Edwin Loose Political Correspondence USU_COLL MSS 172, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 172, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Incoming Correspondence, 1904Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 2

Also included is the delegate certificate for C.E. Loose to the 1897 Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress.

Container(s) Description Dates
box folder
1 2
Box Folder
1 2
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1904 February 2
1 2
Item 2: Reed Smoot
1904 February 10
1 2
Item 3: Reed Smoot
1904 February 2
1 2
Item 4: Theodasius Botkin
1904 August 1
1 2
Item 5: Clove [?]
1904 August 5
1 2
Item 6: David W. Mulvane
1904 August 9
1 2
Item 7: C. H. Duell
1904 August 15
1 2
Item 8: James Anderson
1904 August 23
1 2
Item 9: Elmer Dover
1904 September 9

Incoming Correspondence, 1905-1906Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 3
Item 1: A.G. Barber
1905 May 11
1 3
Item 2: Reed Smoot
1906 March 10
Item 3: Reed Smoot
1906 April 27
Box Folder
1 3
Item 4: Elmer Dover
1906 June 11
1 3
Item 5: Elmer Dover
1906 June 29

Incoming Correspondence, 1907Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 4
Item 1: Elmer Dover
1907 January 8
1 4
Item 2: Reed Smoot
1907 January 20
1 4
Item 3: Harry New
1907 January 21
1 4
Item 4: Reed Smoot
1907 February 6
1 4
Item 5: Harry A. New
1907 October 21
1 4
Item 6: Reed Smoot
1907 December 5
1 4
Item 7: Reed Smoot
Enclosed in above read Reed Smoot to E. H. Callister, 1907 December 5
1907 December 9
1 4
Item 8: Reed Smoot
1907 December 10
1 4
Item 9: Elmer Dover
1907 December 11
1 4
Item 10: Reed Smoot
1907 December 30

Incoming Correspondence, 1908Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 5
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1908 January 22
1 5
Item 2: Reed Smoot
1908 February 6
1 5
Item 3: Frank Hitchcock
1908 February 15
1 5
Item 4: Frank Hitchcock
1908 February 26
1 5
Item 5: Reed Smoot
1908 February 29
1 5
Item 6: Reed Smoot
Invitation to dinner at the Chicago Republican Convention
1908 April 5

Incoming Correspondence, 1910Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 6
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1910 January 10
1 6
Item 2: Reed Smoot
Enclosed in the above Brigadier General O. D. Thomas to Reed Smoot January 22, 1910
1910 January 29
1 6
Item 3: Reed Smoot
1910 February 15
1 6
Item 4: Reed Smoot
Includes enclosures about the postmaster of Springville, Utah, John W. Dougall
1910 June 7
1 6
Item 5: Reed Smoot
1910 November 26

Incoming Correspondence, 1911Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 7
Item 1: John F. Hill
1911 October 2
1 7
Item 2: William Hayward
1911 October 2
1 7
Item 3: Reed Smoot
1911 November 11
1 7
Item 4: Reed Smoot
1911 December 21

Incoming Correspondence, 1912Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 8
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1912 January 2
1 8
Item 2: Reed Smoot
1912 January 19
1 8
Item 3: Reed Smoot
1919 January 20
1 8
Item 4: Reed Smoot
1919 January 24
1 8
Item 5: Reed Smoot
1919 January 25
1 8
Item 6: Reed Smoot
1912 February 6
1 8
Item 7: Reed Smoot
1912 February 15
1 9
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1912 March 11
1 9
Item 2: Reed Smoot
1912 March 31
1 9
Item 3: Louis J. Seckels
1912 April 10
1 9
Item 4: Reed Smoot
1912 May 14
1 9
Item 5: Reed Smoot
1912 May 14
1 9
Item 6: Reed Smoot
1912 May 29
1 9
Item 7: Henry Joseph
1912 May 29
1 9
Item 8: Anthony D. [?]
1912 August 24
1 9
Item 9: Reed Smoot
1912 November 18

Incoming Correspondence, 1913Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 10
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1913 February 20
1 10
Item 2: Reed Smoot
1913 April 3
1 10
Item 3: Reed Smoot
1913 April 18
1 10
Item 4: Reed Smoot
1913 June 2
1 10
Item 5: Reed Smoot
1913 July 28
1 10
Item 6: Reed Smoot
1913 July 31
1 10
Item 7: Reed Smoot
1913 December 31

Incoming Correspondence, 1914Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 11
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1914 January 19
1 11
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1914 January 31
1 11
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1914 March 7
1 11
Item 2: Reed Smoot
1914 April 11
1 11
Item 3: Reed Smoot
1914 June 22
1 11
Item 4: Reed Smoot
Enclosed Reed Smoot to E. C. Callister June 27, 1914
1914 June 29
1 11
Item 5: Reed Smoot
1914 July 11
1 11
Item 6: Reed Smoot
1914 December 4
1 11
Item 7: Reed Smoot
1914 December 21

Incoming Correspondence, 1915Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 12
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1915 November 29
1 12
Item 2: Reed Smoot
1915 November 23
1 12
Item 3: Reed Smoot
1915 December 31

Incoming Correspondence, 1916Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 13
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1916 January 17
1 13
Item 2: Reed Smoot
1916 March 9
1 13
Item 3: Theodore Roosevelt
1916 May 13
1 13
Item 4: Reed Smoot
1916 July 10

Incoming Correspondence, 1917-1928Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 14
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1917 February 28
1 14
Item 1: Reed Smoot
1918 June 12
1 14
Item 2: Reed Smoot
1918 November 9
1 14
Item 3: Reed Smoot
1918 December 6
1 14
Item 4: Reed Smoot
1919 September 25
1 14
Item 5: Reed Smoot
1921 March 28
1 14
Item 6: Reed Smoot
1922 April 13
1 14
Item 7: Reed Smoot
1923 February 27
1 14
Item 8: William King
1928 November 8
1 14
Item 9: Newel K. Young
1928 November 9
1 14
Item 10: Reed Smoot
1922 April 13

Biographical sketch of Loose written by his grandson Robert PetersonReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 15