Guide to the Cardon Realty Company,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cardon Company (Logan, Utah)
Title: Cardon Realty Company
Dates: 1916-1928 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.25 linear foot)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 173
Summary: Financial ledgers, stock certificates, receipts and correspondence from the Cardon Company.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880

Languages: Material in English 

Historical Note

The Cardon Realty Company operated at 112 North Main Street, Logan, from about 1905 until closing some time between 1949 and 1953. The company was run by Louis Samuel Cardon (see Biographical Note) until his death in 1930, when it was taken over by his son, Joseph E. Cardon. The company advertised regularly in Polk's Logan City Directory, and dealt in Utah and Idaho real estate, loans, and insurance.

The company had interests in various other business concerns, among which were the Logan Land and Drainage Company, and the Rexburg Real Estate Company. It was also an agent for the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company. One land development apparently administered by the Cardon Realty Company was "Richmond Acres." Shareholders in this venture included several members of the Cardon family, and Reed Smoot, LDS Church apostle and U.S. Senator from Utah from 1903-1933.

The Cardon Realty Company was one of two companies operated by the prominent Cardon family in Cache Valley. Louis Samuel Cardon's first cousin, B.T. Cardon, ran the Cardon Jewelry Company, and was an amateur photographer.

Biographical Note

Louis Samuel Cardon, the son of Italian immigrants, was born in Logan in 1869 and graduated from the local Brigham YOung College in 1894. After serving a mission to Europe for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the late 1890s he entered the furniture business in about 1903. Two years later, Cardon founded the Cardon Realty Company, whose records comprise the bulk of this collection. From 1909-1914, in addition to running his realty company, Cardon was the manager of the Logan Knitting Factory, serving as its director after 1914.

Outside of his business interests, Cardon served in a number of local capacities: Justice of the Peace; judge of the juvenile court; vice president of the Utah State Fair Association; member of the Logan City Board of Education (of which he was president in 1928); member of the LDS Church's Cache Stake Council; and member of the Commercial Boosters Club. According to the Logan Journal, Cardon died suddently at the age of 61, on December 14, 1930 of "rheumatism of the hear."

Content Description

This collection contains a limited number of the records kept by the Cardon Realty Company, Logan, Utah from 1916-1933. Included are records relating to other companies in which the Cardon Realty Company had an interest: the Logan Land and Drainage Company; the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company; and the Rexburg Real Estate Company. The full collection is housed in one archival box, and is composed of four folders and four ledgers. The folders contain the correspondence of the Cardon Realty Company, including manager's reports, and documents pertaining to land purchases and sales. Of special interest are the letters from the Federal Bank of Berkeley that preceded the apparent bankruptcy of the Logan Land and Drainage Company in around 1933, during the Great Depression. The ledgers contain records fo some financial transactions of these companies, including land sales and rentals, loans, rent commissions, and business expenses.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Cardon Realty Company must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Cardon Realty Company USU_COLL MSS 173, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 173, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

This collection is arranged in no particular order.

Processing Note :  

Processed in 2001 of October

Acquisition Information :  

Acquisition information is unknown.

Bibliography :  Sources:
  • Johnson, Genevieve Porter and Edna Cardon Taylor, comp. Cardons! Descendants of Philippe Cardon and Marthe Marie Tourn, 1799-1989 . Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogy Center, 1986
  • Polk's Logan City Directory . Salt Lake City: R.L. Polk, various drafts
  • Warrum, Noble. Utah Since Statehood, Historical and Biographical . Chicago and Salt Lake City: S.J. Clarke, 1919.
  • Logan Journal , December 15, 1930

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Miscellaneous correspondence
Pertaining to the Logan Land and Drainage Company.
1 2 Managers report and financial records
Pertaining to the Logan Land and Drainage Company. These items were removed from Volume 2 where they were pinned between pages 51-62.
1 3 Correspondence with the Cardon Company, specifically Joseph Cardon.
Concerning real estate sales in the Rexburg, Idaho area. See blueprint in folder 4.
1 4 Blueprint of the Osgood Project, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Correspondence in folder 3 refers to this item.
1 1 Sale and loan ledger.
30 pages of entries. 22cm x 35cm.
1 2 Business ledger from the Cardon Company
Covers the first 50 pages of the volume. This appears to be a daily expense ledger. Pages 51-62 are in reference to the Logan Land and Drainage Company. The reports in folder 2 were pinned to these pages before being removed and placed into a folder.Pages 71-84 contain entries for Utah Idaho Sugar Company, Rexburg Real Estate Company, and the Idaho Falls Real Estate Company.
1 3 Receipt book for Richland Acres
A part of the Logan Land and Drainage Company.
1 4 Stock certificates from Logan Land and Drainage Company. Undated


    • Personal Names :
    • Cardon, Joseph E., 1872-1956.
    • Cardon, Louis, 1869-
    • Corporate Names :
    • Idaho Falls Real Estate Company.
    • Logan Land and Drainage Company.
    • Rexburg Real Estate.
    • Richland Acres.
    • Utah-Idaho Sugar Company
    • Geographical Names :
    • Logan (Utah)--History.
    • Osgood (Idaho)--History.

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