The municipal affairs have been wisely and econ- omically administered by competent men who have la- bored incessantly to make of the city what her inhabi- tants justly claim, "The Queen City of Sanpete." The city has clean, broad streets; excellent water for culi- nary, domestic and irrigation purposes; splendid power for mills and factories; fine school houses and well-in- formed teachers; beautiful lawns and prolific orchards and gardens; elegant mansions, the homes of wealthy and energetic citizens; perfect electric light system; en- terprising and public-spirited business men, conducting complete mercantile houses; modern and well-equipped roller mills; first class hotels; well conducted newspa- per; solid and reliable banking institution; best market and mail facilities, furnished by a modern railway; well regulated lodges, representing the most prominent fra- ternal organizations; capable and competent attorneys, physicians and professional men; good churches and auxiliary societies; and all that goes to make up a com- mercial metropolis of a county like Sanpete.
Another equally representative and important wool shipping concern is the Union Wool and Live Stock Commission company, organized after the Mt. Pleasant
The Union Mercantile company is a prominent con- cern, which in connection with dealing in general mer- chandise, conducts the Mt. Pleasant creamery. This firm does an extensive business at home and abroad. The Queen City butter and cheese commands first class prices wherever exhibited. Ole Hansen manages the creameryand Neal M. Madsen the store, of which Peter Matson is secretaiy and treasurer.
The newspaper business in Mt. Pleasant is well rep- resented in the Pyramid, a weekly publication, issued eyery Thursday by the Pyramid Publishing Company, under the management of J. M. Boyden. This venture was started by A. B. Williams in November, 1890, and has continued to increase in usefulness as a public edu- cator since the first issue appeared. It is a non-partisan, strictly local newspaper and devoted to the upbuilding of the Queen City and the county of Sanpete. The Pyra- mid is deserving of local patronage and is an index to the push, vim and enterprise of the business interests of the city. Its plant is not extensive, but will grow with the financial development of the city and the amount of increasing publicity demanded by the ever vigilant and progressive managers of mercantile institutions.
In 1??? the Rio Grande Western railroad was com- pleted to 3It. Pleasant and this city put on the highway of commercial prosperity. New enterprises were opened, dormant natural resources developed and a cash market assured for all products of the farm and the herds and flocks in the mountains. From that date to the present financial advancement has been general, new modern residences have been erected, fine mercantile houses con- structed, the entire city lighted by electricity and a per- fect mountain metropolis created. The shipments of wool, sheep, cattle, lumber and grain from this place to outside markets aggregate many trainloads yearly and the cash returns divided among those interested pour into the Queen City a volume of money sufficient to main- tain a city of double proportions. With unlimited re» sources and such energetic business men as Mt. Pleasant has, the future growth to a great commercial mart is but a question of time.
Mt. Pleasant Lodge Xo. 22, Ancient Order United Workmen, was organized with a good membership a few years ago, and now contains mam^ of the leading men of this city and neighboring towns. regular meetings are held every week on Monday evenings. A. H. Maiben is Master Workman and L. S. Thompson secretary. This order lost an esteemed member in Sheriff James Burns, who was murdered while performing his duties, and its fraternal benefits were shown in the payment of a $2,000 policy to his widow. Damascus Lodge Xo. 10, Free and Accepted Masons, organized in 1895, has regular com- munications at Masonic Hall on second and fourth Satur- days in each month. H. V. Oassiday is W. M. and A. G. Sutherland secretary. This order has members located throughout the county and numbers some of the most influential citizens. Court Queen City No. 8543,
Erickson, JOHN N., postmaster, son of Peter J. and Christina, was born in Mt. Pleasant September 20, 1870. His parents came from Sweden and located in this city, where father died in '72, mother still living. John attended the Mt. Pleasant schools and was a stu- dent of the B. Y. Academy at Provo. He taught school in Indianola and Mt. Pleasant and was principal for one year at Redmond. In February, 1897, he entered the post office and has given general satisfac- tion. He is a stockholder in the Queen City Roller Mills, owns his residence in the city and has and interest in a business block on Main street. Is an active member of the Mormon church.
Rolph, M. G., proprietor Mt. Pleasant Cigar Factory, son of Mous and Bengta, was born in Sweden De- cember 21, 1851. The family came to Mt. Pleasant by ox-traln in 1856. At the age of 19 he engaged in the mercantile business with his brother, N. A., who died in New York City in 1886. He continued the business till 1892, when he sold out and purchased sheep, wliich ven- ture was not a success. July 15, 1896, he opened his pres- ent cigar facton", where he employs two men and does a good business. His brands are Queen City Gem, San- pete Famous, Peerless and Honest Five.
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