The Big Pioneer Store

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 06
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1974
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s65x272x
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 324158
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x

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Title The Big Pioneer Store
Description found out that it was the first building erected in town that required a break in the old pioneer fort wall. Some rocks had to be removed from the southwest corner of the big wall in preparation for it. I had also heard reference to a small store in early days that was called Z.C.M.I. and was on the south State Stree. Still I heard of another location where a store was known by the same name. That building I remembered, but I knew it as a blacksmith shop on the corner of Main and State streets (southwest corner). My interest was challenged by the various locations known as the early day sites of the store, and research led me to several references recorded by Andrew Madsen, a grand uncle of mine. His daughter compiled his information on early day Mt. Pleasant, and a book was sponsored by the Pioneer Historical Association of that town. The book was sold for many years by the Association, but has been out of print for years as it was a limited edition. With this in mind I pass information along to share with many who have not had the privilege of reading and knowing about that old branch Z.C.M.I. The Mt. Pleasant store was organized in 1870 after the pattern of the store that had been established the previous year in Salt Lake City, and named the Zion's Co-operative Mercantile Institution. The local company was begun with seven hundred dollars worth of stock subscribed by various individuals, among whom were: W.S. Seely - P.M. Peel - Andrew Madsen - N.P. Madsen - Jacob Christensen - Niels Widergren Anderson - Peter Monsen - Hans Poulsen - J.W. Seely - Hans Y. Simpson -Mortin Rasmussen, and W.S. Seely was chosen as the first manager and superintendent. Andrew Madsen and C.N. Lund served later as superintendents. I was intrigued by the fact that my grandfather, Niels Peter Madsen, had been one of the first and Principal investors. Business began in one small room of a log building on the east side of State Street at Third South. Anthon H. Lund was a clerk there for a short time. Then the company built a larger, new log building on the southwest corner of the Main and State Street intersection where the drug store now stands. The logs of that new store were chinked with mud and the room was plastered with mud. Outside, above the door a large sign read: "Z.C.M.I." Charles Hampshire and Olaf Sorensen were the clerks. One spoke English and the other Danish, so customers were understood and helped no matter which language they spoke. The store carried a variety of merchandise and developed a fine trade. All trading was done at that time by written order or printed due bills for which people traded their produce. The produce was then freighted to Pioche, Nevada, and other mining towns where cash was received for it. Long trips were made with mule or horse teams, and teh shorter trips with ox teams. It was seldom that a silver dollar was seen in Mt. Pleasant in those days, and the produce was as val-uable as money would have been. By 1878, it was found that even the mud-plastered building was very inadequate for the volume of business being done. So a two-story red brick building was planned and built on the comer opposite from the one chinked with mud. It later became the Wilson blacksmith shop that I recall. -14-
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Identifier 024_The Big Pioneer Store.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 6
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324140
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x/324140