Guide to the Charles Edwin Loose Political Correspondence,
1897-1928

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Loose, C. E. (Charles Edwin), 1853-1929
Title: Charles Edwin Loose Political Correspondence
Dates: 1897-1928 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.5 linear foot)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 172
Summary: Collection consists of incoming letters and a few telegrams concerning Utah political matters written by other Utah republicans. The primary correspondent was Reed Smoot, Republican senator from Utah (1903-1933) and Provo banker; many of his letters regard their joint mining ventures. Also includes a delegate certificate from the ninth session of the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress, June, 1897 and a photocopy of a life sketch of C.E. Loose from the Herald Journal, January, 1929.
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
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Charles Edwin Loose became a prominent Utah industrialist and a key figure in the Utah Republican party at the end of the 19th century and his correspondence reflects this involvement. Born in Quincy, Illinois in 1853 to Betsey Jane and Robert Loose, C.E.'s father passed away the following year. Betsey Jane was a member of the Mormon Church and she with her family emigrated to Utah in 1860. Once in Utah the family settled in Payson. However Charles and his two brothers Robert Warren and William A. left home in the late 1860s and moved to the mining country of northwestern Nevada and north eastern California. For the next two decades the brothers worked in the mines of this area. Charles also did some prospecting in New Mexico and Mexico.

Loose moved back to Payson in 1887 in order to be closer to his mother and in 1888 married Mary Jane Patten. He settled permanently in Provo, Utah. Loose continued to be involved in mining. He had interests in several mines in Utah's Titnic District. He eventually became associated with Provo banker Reed Smoot. Thus when Smoot ran for the United States Senate in 1902 Loose was a principal backer in the campaign.

Politically, Loose was an active republican. He twice served on the state republican committee, as well as being a member of the republican national committee. In 1912 he was elected to serve as a delegate from Utah to the Republican National Convention. He was also elected to the Utah Senate twice.

Content Description

The correspondence in this collection is all incoming to Loose and covers the period from 1904 to 1928. The majority of the letters were written by Reed Smoot. Other correspondents include members of the Republican National Committee and Utah Republicans. Many of the issues that Smoot addresses have their joint mining ventures. Smoot's position as chairman of the public lands committee in the Senate seems to have helped Loose at times. Also, the collection contains a report from the Globe Investigation company concerning union organizing that was occurring in the Utah mines. The letters have been placed into chronological order so that the events would unfold as they occurred.

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 Charles Edwin Loose Political Correspondence must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Charles Edwin Loose Political Correspondence USU_COLL MSS 172, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 172, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The letters are arranged in chronological order.

Processing Note :  

Processed in May of 2006

Acquisition Information :  

Acquisition information is unknown.

Related Materials :  

Papers of Betsey Jane Tenney Loose MSS 177.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Incoming Correspondence, 1904

Also included is the delegate certificate for C.E. Loose to the 1897 Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 2
Box
Folder
1 2 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1904 February 2
1 2 Item 2: Reed Smoot 1904 February 10
1 2 Item 3: Reed Smoot 1904 February 2
1 2 Item 4: Theodasius Botkin 1904 August 1
1 2 Item 5: Clove [?] 1904 August 5
1 2 Item 6: David W. Mulvane 1904 August 9
1 2 Item 7: C. H. Duell 1904 August 15
1 2 Item 8: James Anderson 1904 August 23
1 2 Item 9: Elmer Dover 1904 September 9

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Incoming Correspondence, 1905-1906
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 3 Item 1: A.G. Barber 1905 May 11
1 3 Item 2: Reed Smoot 1906 March 10
Item 3: Reed Smoot 1906 April 27
1 3 Item 4: Elmer Dover 1906 June 11
1 3 Item 5: Elmer Dover 1906 June 29

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Incoming Correspondence, 1907
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 4 Item 1: Elmer Dover 1907 January 8
1 4 Item 2: Reed Smoot 1907 January 20
1 4 Item 3: Harry New 1907 January 21
1 4 Item 4: Reed Smoot 1907 February 6
1 4 Item 5: Harry A. New 1907 October 21
1 4 Item 6: Reed Smoot 1907 December 5
1 4 Item 7: Reed Smoot
Enclosed in above read Reed Smoot to E. H. Callister, 1907 December 5
1907 December 9
1 4 Item 8: Reed Smoot 1907 December 10
1 4 Item 9: Elmer Dover 1907 December 11
1 4 Item 10: Reed Smoot 1907 December 30

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Incoming Correspondence, 1908
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 5 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1908 January 22
1 5 Item 2: Reed Smoot 1908 February 6
1 5 Item 3: Frank Hitchcock 1908 February 15
1 5 Item 4: Frank Hitchcock 1908 February 26
1 5 Item 5: Reed Smoot 1908 February 29
1 5 Item 6: Reed Smoot
Invitation to dinner at the Chicago Republican Convention
1908 April 5

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Incoming Correspondence, 1910
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 6 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1910 January 10
1 6 Item 2: Reed Smoot
Enclosed in the above Brigadier General O. D. Thomas to Reed Smoot January 22, 1910
1910 January 29
1 6 Item 3: Reed Smoot 1910 February 15
1 6 Item 4: Reed Smoot
Includes enclosures about the postmaster of Springville, Utah, John W. Dougall
1910 June 7
1 6 Item 5: Reed Smoot 1910 November 26

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Incoming Correspondence, 1911
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 7 Item 1: John F. Hill 1911 October 2
1 7 Item 2: William Hayward 1911 October 2
1 7 Item 3: Reed Smoot 1911 November 11
1 7 Item 4: Reed Smoot 1911 December 21

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Incoming Correspondence, 1912
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 8 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1912 January 2
1 8 Item 2: Reed Smoot 1912 January 19
1 8 Item 3: Reed Smoot 1919 January 20
1 8 Item 4: Reed Smoot 1919 January 24
1 8 Item 5: Reed Smoot 1919 January 25
1 8 Item 6: Reed Smoot 1912 February 6
1 8 Item 7: Reed Smoot 1912 February 15
1 9 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1912 March 11
1 9 Item 2: Reed Smoot 1912 March 31
1 9 Item 3: Louis J. Seckels 1912 April 10
1 9 Item 4: Reed Smoot 1912 May 14
1 9 Item 5: Reed Smoot 1912 May 14
1 9 Item 6: Reed Smoot 1912 May 29
1 9 Item 7: Henry Joseph 1912 May 29
1 9 Item 8: Anthony D. [?] 1912 August 24
1 9 Item 9: Reed Smoot 1912 November 18

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Incoming Correspondence, 1913
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 10 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1913 February 20
1 10 Item 2: Reed Smoot 1913 April 3
1 10 Item 3: Reed Smoot 1913 April 18
1 10 Item 4: Reed Smoot 1913 June 2
1 10 Item 5: Reed Smoot 1913 July 28
1 10 Item 6: Reed Smoot 1913 July 31
1 10 Item 7: Reed Smoot 1913 December 31

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Incoming Correspondence, 1914
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 11 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1914 January 19
1 11 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1914 January 31
1 11 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1914 March 7
1 11 Item 2: Reed Smoot 1914 April 11
1 11 Item 3: Reed Smoot 1914 June 22
1 11 Item 4: Reed Smoot
Enclosed Reed Smoot to E. C. Callister June 27, 1914
1914 June 29
1 11 Item 5: Reed Smoot 1914 July 11
1 11 Item 6: Reed Smoot 1914 December 4
1 11 Item 7: Reed Smoot 1914 December 21

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Incoming Correspondence, 1915
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 12 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1915 November 29
1 12 Item 2: Reed Smoot 1915 November 23
1 12 Item 3: Reed Smoot 1915 December 31

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Incoming Correspondence, 1916
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 13 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1916 January 17
1 13 Item 2: Reed Smoot 1916 March 9
1 13 Item 3: Theodore Roosevelt 1916 May 13
1 13 Item 4: Reed Smoot 1916 July 10

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Incoming Correspondence, 1917-1928
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 14 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1917 February 28
1 14 Item 1: Reed Smoot 1918 June 12
1 14 Item 2: Reed Smoot 1918 November 9
1 14 Item 3: Reed Smoot 1918 December 6
1 14 Item 4: Reed Smoot 1919 September 25
1 14 Item 5: Reed Smoot 1921 March 28
1 14 Item 6: Reed Smoot 1922 April 13
1 14 Item 7: Reed Smoot 1923 February 27
1 14 Item 8: William King 1928 November 8
1 14 Item 9: Newel K. Young 1928 November 9
1 14 Item 10: Reed Smoot 1922 April 13

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Biographical sketch of Loose written by his grandson Robert Peterson
Container(s)
box
folder
1 15

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Loose, C. E.|q(Charles Edwin),|d1853-1929
    • Smoot, Reed,|d1864-1941--Records and correspondence.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Republican Party (Utah)--History--Sources.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Mines and mineral resources--Utah--History--Sources.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Utah--Politics and government--History--Sources.

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