Chester Rufus Call (1841 - 1908)

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Birthplace: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
Death: Died in Bountiful, Davis, Utah, USA
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About Chester Rufus Call

Birth: May 13, 1841 Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois, USA Death: Jan. 26, 1908 Bountiful Davis County Utah, USA

Son of Anson and Mary Flint Call.

Husband of Agnes Melissa Loveland, Mary Angeline Packer, Sarah Maria Dickson, and Pamelia Elizabeth Barlow Thompson.

Bishop Chester Call, one of the framers of the state constitution; founder of the town of Chesterfield, Idaho, pioneer educator of Davis Co., and one of the very earliest settlers of Sessions Settlement, passed away in Bountiful, Sunday at 12:40 p.m., after having suffered with tumorous cancer for three and a half years. He came down from Chesterfield on the 10th of last November.

Deceased was a natural born leader and a man of excellent judgment. He was a great student; had a fine library and was very enthusiastic in educational matters. He understood the fundamental principles of government, had quite a knowledge of law and always was in touch with the progress of the world.

He was a pioneer in this county in the full sense of the word as when he came to Bountiful with his parents, there were but three families in the town and he was only seven years old.

He aided considerably in the building in the Union Pacific railroad, having had contracts on the grade and to furnish ties for the road bed and props for the coal mines belonging to the railroad.

It was one of these timber contracts that resulted in a $10,000 lawsuit in which he came out victorious and the settlement of Chesterfield, which came about in this way. The young men whom he had hired to help him get out timber also joined him in forming the settlement that bears his name.

Chester Call was born in Macedonia, Illinois, sixty-six years ago the thirteenth of last May.

He came to Utah with his parents arriving in Bountiful September 23, 1848, which was his home for many years.

In early times he went to the Missouri River to bring emigrants across the plains, also went to subdue the indians in Sanpete Co.

For a number of years he was superintendant of schools in this county, and for nearly twenty years, he was bishop of East Bountiful. He filled nearly a two year's mission to England.

He was one of the three delegates from Davis County to the convention that drafted the state constitution.

He was also one of the pioneer dry farmers of this state, having superintended the Co-op farm on the sandridge, which, together with his own holdings, comprised about 700 acres.

He attended the state University three or four years.

June 12th, 1860, he married Agnes Loveland, who died Aug. 22, 1867. Four children were born to them but only one, Mrs. Lamoni Tolman, is now living.

July 6, 1869, he married Mary Packer, who passed away May 5th, 1906. Nine children were born as a result of this union, seven of whom are living.

Dec. 9, 1872, he married Sarah Dixon who, together with six children survive him, two children having passed away.

He married Pamelia Thompson, June 16, 1886, who also survives him.

Funeral services were held in the East Bountiful Tabernacle, Wednesday, at 1 p.m. and were largely attended. The speakers were, Elders W. W. Willey, D. O. Willey, Patriarch John Smith, John R. Barnes, Jas A. Eldredge, A. C. Call, B. H. Roberts, Samuel Stewart, Wallace Burnham and Bishop David Stoker.

(Davis County Clipper 1-31-1908)

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Chester Rufus Call's Timeline

1841
May 13, 1841
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
1862
February 22, 1862
Age 20
Honeyville, Box Elder, Utah, USA
February 22, 1862
Age 20
February 22, 1862
Age 20
1886
August 5, 1886
Age 45
Idaho, USA
1892
January 28, 1892
Age 50
ID, USA
1908
January 26, 1908
Age 66
Bountiful, Davis, Utah, USA
1908
Age 66
Bountiful, UT, USA
1968
October 3, 1968
Age 66
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