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Historical Tidbits
Information from the Virginia Hanson Special Collections
First Four LDS Wards in Logan, Utah

Because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was directly responsible for permanent settlement of European settlers in Cache Valley, it may not be a surprise to know that there were organized congregations very early in the valley.

On November 14th 1859 William B. Preston was called to be the first LDS bishop in Logan. He served until April 14th 1861 when growth in Logan demanded that the one ward be subdivided into four wards with bishops called for each: Benjamin Lewis (1st Ward), Henry Ballard (2nd Ward), John B. Thatcher (3rd Ward), and Thomas X. Smith (4th Ward). Each of these wards continue to be integral in the religious and cultural makeup of our city to this day.

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~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian


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Photo Title Description
Thatcher Milling and Elevator Company 2
68 West 100 South
about 1935
Built in 1865, the historic Thatcher Mill burned in 1946. The ruins are still visible today.

Picture ID: 6L

Source: Logan Library Photo Collection-Buildings

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Mayors of Logan

William M. Howell
19th Mayor of Logan

William M. Howell Dates in Office: 1920-1922
Terms in Office: 1

From Logan's History


Spring ~ The early settlers of Logan worked with other communities to begin what's now known as the Logan-Hyde Park Canal. For many years this canal fed not only the irrigations needs of the settlers but also culinary water for much of the area.