Bear River Club histories, 1987-1990

Overview of the Collection

Bear River Club
Bear River Club histories
1987-1990 (inclusive)
1 Box, (0.25 Linear Feet)
Collection Number
This collection consists of two histories of the Bear River Club.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 4357978248
Fax: 4357972880
Access Restrictions

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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Bear River Club is a duck hunting organization that operates out of Box Elder County, Utah. Founded in April 1888, the group initially took the name of its owner, Vinson Davis, who first traveled to the Bear River in the spring of 1887. In his diary Davis describes the Vinson Davis Club as a "club house which consisted of a large living and dining room, 5 bedrooms, with double beds, in each room." By the end of the 19th century it had become a very popular destination for duck hunters, and Davis decided that he could no longer shoulder the responsibility on his own. In April 1901 Davis made arrangements with William Bradley and and A.E. McKenzie to sell the club for the sum of $6,000. The men agreed to retain Davis as foreman of the group, which was renamed the Bear River Club.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of two histories of the Bear River Club. The first is entitled, "The Early Years," and its author is identified only by her first name, Pauline. Another narrative, "History of the Bear River Club," was penned by longtime member W.H. Olwell and appears to contain extensive passages from the diary of Vinson Davis, who was heavily involved in the club during its early years. While Olwell mentions events that occurred as late as 1990, the majority of these two histories cover the period from 1901 to 1930.

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 Bear River Club histories must be obtained from the Department Head Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Bear River Club histories USU_COLL MSS 427, Box [ ], Fd [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 427, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

Processed in June of 2012

Acquisition Information

This collection was likely donated to Special Collections and Archives by W.H. Olwell in the early 1990s.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Bear River Club histories , 1987-1990Return to Top

1 box
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
"The Early Years" by Pauline [last name unknown]
1 2
"History of the Bear River Club" by W.H. Olwell

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Duck shooting--Utah--Box Elder County--History
  • Hunters--Utah--Box Elder County--Societies, etc.

Personal Names

  • Davis, Vinson F.

Corporate Names

  • Bear River Club Co. (Corinne, Utah)--History.
  • Vinson, Davis Club (Box Elder County, Utah)--History

Geographical Names

  • Box Elder County (Utah)--History