Henry G. Hayball: 16th Mayor of Logan

hayball_lgDates in Office: 1912-1914
Terms in Office: 1
Age when Elected: 53

Henry G. Hayball was born on May 19, 1859 in Chard, England. His parents were George Sampson Hayball and Louisa Hancock. He married Harriett Parry in about 1880 and Eliza Parsons in 1885 and had one child. He settled in Logan, Utah in 1868 and died in Logan on January 4, 1939.

Mr. Hayball was an active local businessman, opening a general merchandise store in 1885 that was open for over 35 years as well as other interests. His public service included deputy sheriff of Cache County, member of the Logan City Council, and member of the Logan City School Board.

Mr. Hayball was mayor of Logan City from 1912 to 1914. He was the first mayor under the commission form of government. As mayor, he was instrumental in the purchase of the city's first fire engine.


1. Noble, Warrum, ed. "Utah Since Statehood: Historical and Biographical". Chicago, Illinois: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1919, 4:291-292.



  • ~ Logan abandoned the mayor-council form of government and adopted the three-man commission form. This included a mayor and two commissioners and it continued until 1975. 47

  • April 17 ~ The Thatcher Opera House burned to the ground in a tremendous fire. The local significance is shown in the newspaper headings for the day, the fire pushing news about the sinking of the Titanic to a small corner. The fire lead to the hiring of full time firefighters and the purchase of better equipment. 7, 10, 23, 47

  • Summer ~ The Logan Rapid Transit Company completed a two-mile line that reached the towns of Providence, Hyde Park, and Smithfield. 47


  • ~ The Lyric Theatre, built by the Thatcher family, opened to the public.