William W. Owens: 24th Mayor of Logan

owens_lgDates in Office: 1950-1958
Terms in Office: 4
Age when Elected: 62

William W. Owens was born on April 3, 1888 in Willard, Utah. His parents were William Parsons Owens and Agnes Mary White. He married Clotilda Maria Woodyatt on November 27, 1912 in Salt Lake City and had four children. He died in Logan, Utah on March 29, 1969 in Logan.

Mr. Owens was director of Utah Extension Service at Utah State University from 1942 to 1948. While mayor, he served as vice president of the Utah Municipal League, and in 1956 was chosen president of this state unit. He also was a member of the Board of Directors at Logan LDS Hospital.

Mr. Owens was mayor of Logan City from 1950 to 1958.


1. "The Herald Journal". Ex-Mayor's Service Wednesday. Logan, Utah, March 31, 1969.
2. "The Herald Journal". Mishap Kills Former Mayor William Owens. Logan, Utah, March 30, 1969.



  • ~ By 1950 the Logan City Fire Department had increased to 24 personnel who served the 11,800 residents in Logan City and also parts of Cache County. 10

  • April ~ According to the 1950 Federal Census, the population of Logan was 16,904. 45


  • November 15 ~ Television came to Cache County. Channels 2, 4, and 5 built a transmitters to boost its power output to reach Cache Valley. 7


  • ~ The Cache Valley artists festival was developed. The organization grew out of a move for a city-wide art program sponsored by the Logan Rotary Club. It soon grew into a county-wide activity. Since 1953 it has sponsored a week of demonstrations and exhibits each year. 47

  • ~ KVSC began broadcasting from Utah Agricultural College in Logan. This was the beginning of what would become Utah Public Radio.


  • July ~ The Order of the Arrow in the Cache Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America was organized. 27


  • ~ Cache Valley held a big Centennial Celebration in remembrance of the first permanent settlement in the valley at Maughan's Fort (Wellsville) in 1856. 7, 19, 47


  • March 8 ~ The name of the land grant college in Logan was changed from the Utah State Agricultural College to Utah State University. 1