This collection contains correspondence, diaries, and other materials from the Callister family, dating from 1840 to 1965.
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Thomas Clark Callister, Jr. was born on May 1, 1881, in Fillmore, Utah, the son of Thomas Clark Callister, Sr. and Alice Melissa McBride Callister. Clark, as he was called, had deep family roots in the community; his grandfather was one of the first Mormon bishops in Fillmore, and his father, who also served as bishop, worked as the county clerk, recorder, probate judge, and county superintendent for the schools of Millard County. In 1903 Clark graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Utah Agricultural College in Logan and accepted a job with the United States Reclamation Service before returning to Fillmore in 1906. There Clark married Millie Peterson and worked for several irrigation companies in Millard County, including the Sevier River Land and Water Company. He spearheaded the organization of the Pahvant irrigation district in 1917, which was responsible for the irrigation of thirty thousand acres in the vicinity of Fillmore and Holden.
In 1903 the Western Union Telegraph Company decided to discontinue service over the Deseret telegraph line, which served much of southern Utah including Millard and Juab Counties. Clark, with the help of his father, purchased the line and continued operating it, often at a loss in an effort to maintain telegraph communication in these areas. He served as manager of the company, the Millard County Telegraph and Telephone Company, as well as the manager and director of the People's Telephone Company. Clark also served two terms as the mayor of Fillmore from 1917 to 1920. Among his accomplishments were the construction of the town's first sidewalks, the installation of its first electric light system, and expansion of its water works. A resident of Fillmore for almost all of his life, Clark died there on August 31, 1967.
This collection contains papers pertaining to the Craig Callister family, dating from 1840 to 1965. The majority of this collection are papers from Thomas Clark Callister, Jr., though papers relating to other family members, such as Noble Peterson, Millie Peterson, and William Kropfli also appear. Materials from Thomas Clark Callister, Jr. include journals, items relating to the Millard County Telegraph and Telephone Company, and correspondence from his time as mayor of Fillmore, Utah. Papers from other relatives include journals, correspondence, financial records, and other personal documents. The last box in this collection contains a number of postcards, certificates, and letters written in other languages, mainly German. The documents appear to be connected to William Kropfli's ancestors.
The materials in boxes 1a through 1e were added to the collection in 2013. They mostly contain incoming and outgoing correspondence related to the Callister family, particularly Thomas Clark Jr., Millie Peterson Callister, and their children and relatives. In addition to the information these cards contain about the Callister family and their life in Millard County, they also provide excellent examples of early 20th century greeting cards. There are also several miscellaneous documents including several items related to local Millard County events, descriptions of home decorating in 1912, and movie advertisements for In Old Kentucky (1919), Dinty (1920), and Too Much Speed (1921). The last box holds several account books and diaries of T. Clark Callister, Jr. dating from 1909 to 1956. The correspondence is organized by recipient or sender, then date, when possible, and by holiday otherwise. The diaries are housed chronologically.
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Callister Family Papers USU_COLL MSS 335,
Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 335,
Arranged by subject matter.
Processing Note :
Processed in August of 2008
Acquisition Information :
The original donation, which consisted of boxes 1 through 4, was given to USU Special Collections and Archives by Craig Callister in 1987. Boxes 1a through 1e were donated by Mattie Robison Callister Abrams Weber in 1999 and added to the collection in 2013.