Preston A. Thatcher: 17th Mayor of Logan

pthatcher_lgDates in Office: 1914-1917
Terms in Office: 2
Age when Elected: 41

Preston A. Thatcher was born on September 24, 1877 in Logan, Utah. His parents were Moses Thatcher Sr. and Lettie Jane Farr. He married Mary Etta Murdock on September 20, 1899 and had four children. He died on November 13, 1959.

Mr. Thatcher was an important businessman in Logan, Utah. He was the principal owner and president of the Thatcher Clothing Company, a member of the board of directors at Cache Knitting Company in Logan, director of the Logan Amusement & Investment Company and a director in the Thatcher Milling & Elevator Company at Logan. He was for two years vice president of the Logan Commercial Club (Currently the Cache Chamber of Commerce).

Mr. Thatcher was mayor of Logan from 1914 to 1917, resigning to accept chairmanship of the State Industrial Commission.


1. Noble, Warrum, ed. "Utah Since Statehood: Historical and Biographical". Chicago, Illinois: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1919, 4:679-680.



  • ~ The Logan City Offices were relocated to the Arimo Block at 172-180 North Main and remained there until 1963.

  • ~ The first city operated outdoor recreation park was established on the east half of Tabernacle Square. 9

  • ~ The Bluebird Restaurant and Candy Company was established on West Center Street by Guy Cardon and Mark Neuberger. It is one of the oldest restaurants in Cache Valley and the state of Utah.

  • ~ The Logan Rapid Transit Company further extended its lines north to Presto, Idaho and south to Wellsville. 47

  • ~ The Logan Rapid Transit Company and the Ogden Rapid Transit Company, both owned by the Eccles Corporation, were merged into the Ogden, Logan & Idaho Railway Company. Sixteen trains operated daily between Ogden and Preston, a run that required 5 hours. 47

  • December ~ Construction of the Utah-Idaho Hospital located at the corner of 200 North and 300 East was completed. It was the first nursing training school in the state of Utah to require high school graduation of all its applicants for admission. 24, 32


  • April 5 ~ Cache Valley Electric was incorporated. It later became the Logan City Light and Power Department.


  • ~ The Logan City paid Fire Department was organized. The department consisted of 6 men, including the chief. 10

  • April 18 ~ In accordance with Logan City Ordinance, the Logan Library was established. 30, 36, 47