Hyrum Askie Silver (1859 - 1921)

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Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, UT, USA
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"Hyrum A. Silver, Vice-President of the Silver Brothers Iron Works and Foundry, was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1859, and came to Utah at the age of six months. He spent his early boyhood in Salt Lake City and received his education in the public schools of this county and in the private schools of the city. He has made his own way through life, and rising from a very small and unpropitious beginning, has made a career that marks him as one of the leaders in the business world of the inter-mountain region.

The foundry with which he is connected has grown from a small plant, operated by he and his brothers, to be one of the leading industries of Salt Lake City, and of Utah as well. Its success has been brought about, not by any marvelous or unexpected chance, but by the steady and persistent exercise of an untiring industry and a close application to business.

Silver Brothers Iron Works and Foundry c.1893

Upon leaving school Mr. Silver went to work in the machine shop of his father, and there learned the machinist's trade. He left school at the age of thirteen, and at the age of nineteen was entrusted with the work of installing and putting in operation pumps and other machinery in dif­ferent mining camps throughout Utah, which he performed with complete satisfaction, and at the age of twenty-one years he was placed in charge of the machinery at the Empire Mine plant at Park City, where he remained for about six months. He left this company to accept employment in the shops of the Union Pacific Railroad Company, and remained in those shops for about two years, at which time he took charge of the foundry which had been established by his father, and in which he had learned his trade. At that time it was but a small establishment, giving employment to about six men. In 1886 he called his brothers, Joseph A. Silver and John A. Silver, to this city, where they formed the partnership to carry on the business begun by their father, and this firm was known as Silver Brothers Iron Works. It was continued under this name for a number of years, until the business increased to such an extent that from a working force consisting of themselves, they now give employment to about one hundred men. The company grew so large that it was deemed advisable to incorporate it under the laws of the State of Utah, which was accordingly done, Mr. Silver, our subject, taking a large part in that work, and it has since been known under its present name.

Our subject was married to Miss Eleanora Katherine "Katie" Benson, daughter of Andrew Benson and Katie (Wickel) Benson. Her parents came to Utah at an early age, and her mother is still living in Salt Lake City. They were among the first members of the Mormon Church, and her mother lived just across the street from the place where the Prophet Joseph Smith was killed

Mr. Silver's wife Katie died February 10, 1896, Their eight children are:

1- Eleanora Silver Runswick(1880-1848) 2- Hyrum Benzon Silver (1882-1952) 3- Katherine "Katie" Silver Johnson(1884-1973) 4- Albert Benzon Silver (1886-1892), 5- Mary May Silver Carmichael(1889- ) 6- Rene "Reny" Silver Hart (1891-1933) 7- baby Silver (Apr 1894-1894) 8- Bessie Silver (1895-1895)

Hyrum later married Miss Julia May Nielsen McAllister, daughter of J. D. T.[John Daniel Thompson] McAllister, [on August 18, 1897]. They have eight children living and three dead

9- Amy Mcallister Silver Gardner (1898-1965), 10- Clifford Mcallister Silver (1899-1905 -child) 11- Walter Mcallister Silver (1900-1905 -child) 12- Mcallister Silver -twin (1905-1905 -newborn) 13- Theodore Mcallister Silver -twin (1905-1953) 14- Helen Mcallister Silver (1908-1966) 15- Jean Mcallister Silver Hargrave (1910-1975) 16- John Mcallister Silver (1915-1990)

In political life Mr. Silver is a believer in the Democratic principles, but owing to the confining nature of his business he has not participated ac­tively in the work of the party. He is also a member of the Mormon Church, being an Elder. His present wife is also a member of that Church, and her father is President of the Manti Temple.

Mr. Silver has resided át No. 266 Center Street for a number of years, the site of his house being that formerly occupied by the old foundry and machine shop established by his father. He has in course of erection a new home on Fifth East and Tenth South streets in Salt Lake City, which will easily take rank as one of the finest residences here.

He is well and favorably known throughout Utah, and has, by his integrity, honesty and ability, won the confidence and esteem of all with whom he has been associated in business, and his pleasant and genial manner has brought him the warm friendship of a legion of friends throughout the State.

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Hyrum Askie Silver's Timeline

1859
April 25, 1859
Brooklyn, NY, USA
1879
November 6, 1879
Age 20
1880
August 6, 1880
Age 21
1921
January 2, 1921
Age 61
Salt Lake City, UT, USA