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Chester Loveland and Fanny Call



Chester Loveland was born December 30th, 1817 at Madison, Ohio. He was the son of Chauncey and Nancy Graham Loveland. He was reared on a farm and received the educational advantages of the schools of that day. While a student, he became acquainted with Fanny Call, whom he married, Feb. 15, 1838. Fanny Call was born May 11, 1816, in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont to Cyril and Sally Tiffany Call. She was the fifth child in a family of eleven children. Her two sisters, Lucina and Mary married Perrigrine Sessions the same day, January 28, 1845. This was shortly after Perrigrine's first wife, Julia Ann had died and Mary became his first plural wife. Fanny's daughter, Fanny Emorette (my great-grandmother), became Perrigrine's fourth wife September 13th, 1852. Chester became a member of the Mormon church in June 1837.

The family was living in Warsaw, Illinois when on June 16, 1844 a posse of determined Illinoisans went to Captain Loveland, who was Captain in the State Militia, and ordered him to call out his company and go to Nauvoo, Illinois, and arrest Joseph Smith and the City Council. This he refused to do. The next day the posse returned with what they said was an order from the Governor but Loveland was certain it was a forgery and again refused to go. The posse then reported this to the Carthage Greys. They insisted the Captain must be dealt with and appointed a committee to lynch, tar and feather him. Loveland was warned and when he saw them coming with tar buckets, bags of feathers and bundles of rope, he blew out the light and prepared to defend himself. The posse went around the house calling his name and then their courage failed them and they left, yelling to him to leave the country.

A few days later Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were murdered by the Carthage Greys at the Carthage Jail. Chester Loveland was among those who saw their bodies carried out. He joined with the Saints moving west; they buried their little son, Levi, along the trail. They arrived in 1850 and settled in Bountiful, Utah. He erected a log house, and in order to procure means for food for his family, he gathered coal along the banks of the Weber River and sold it in Salt Lake City to blacksmiths.

Soon after his arrival, he served on a committee to build a schoolhouse in the central part of the settlement.

A committee of five, consisting of Perrigrine Sessions, Chester Loveland and others were appointed to supervise the building of the school and see that taxes payable in grain and cattle would be available to complete the school by October 1, 1851.

Chester Loveland was the first Mayor of Bountiful, Utah, also one of the first water masters appointed in Davis County. In 1852, he was appointed in charge of Stone Creek canyon and was granted the right to build a road there. This was the first canyon road to be developed, and he was granted the right to charge 25 cents toll for each load of wood. One of his responsibilities for this privilege was to prevent fires in the canyon. Due to an Indian uprising in 1855, he was chosen on a committee to help build a fort along 200 W. to 400 N. The fort was 3/4 mile square. He was one of the first judges for elections in Bountiful, Utah.

In 1853, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the Nauvoo Legion with instructions to organize a regiment in the northern part of the territory. In that same year he went to Carson Valley to assist in locating a colony of Latter Day Saints. During one of the explorations at Walker's Lake they were overcome with thirst and so intense was their suffering it seemed that they could not go on. Providentially some Indians gave them some fresh water which saved their lives and the Indians were presented with new clothing for their act of kindness. Returning to Bountiful that fall, Col. Loveland moved his family in the spring to the Carson Valley in Nevada.

September 28, 1855 the Carson Stake was organized with Chester Loveland President of the High Council. Unrest was growing in Carson City and after sometime he was chosen to replace President Orson Hyde as Stake President. He advised the Saints not to go to Gold Canyon to work, allowing the California miners an undisputed claim to the area.

The Lovelands lived in the community of Franktown, Nevada where they helped organize five school districts and built a school house. Everything seemed to be going well when on September 5th, 1857, he received a message from Brigham Young that spelled the immediate end of the Mormon Colony. The message informed Pres. Loveland that Utah was being invaded by the United States army. The Saints in the Salt Lake Valley needed manpower and weapons of defense. He wanted the Western Utah community to return immediately and bring all the guns, and bullets they could buy. The following is the full text of Brigham Young's letter to Chester Loveland.

Presidents Office,
Salt Lake City.
August 15, 1857,

Elder Chester Loveland, and the Brethern in Carson Co.

We have concluded that it is wisdom that you should dispose of your property as well as you can and come home. If you cannot sell to advantage lease your places, and get your pay in advance.

We sent this council to you by express that you may avail yourselves of the present immigration to dispose of your property. We want you to secure as much ammunition as you can. Be wise, "and not let the right hand know what the left hand doeth." A hint to the wise is sufficient. Make no noise about your business, but let all things be done quietly and in order. You are aware that you sell at better advantage if you can keep your own counsel.

The express company will remain and assist you in fitting up and return with you on the Northern route. Bro. W. R. Smith, who went to California with Capt'n Hooper's stock, will be presumed to be ready to come with you. Come in one company and keep together so that you can protect yourselves against all foes, white or red.

We learn there is an army of from twenty-five to thirty-five hundred men now enroute to this territory, besides some ten or twelve hundred teamsters and wagons with ox teams loaded with supplies; and about four hundred more mules and horse teams loaded with personal effects, camp equipage, etc. and seven thousand beef cattle. The supplies are designed to last them fifteen months after they arrive in this territory. We do not expect then to come here, altho the last we heard of them, 100 wagons were 180 miles on the way, and a train of 30 wagons were starting out every other day, and the troops were to start on the 15th of last month; they are to march on foot. 

My counsel to you is to leave your farms with as good gentiles as you can, if you cannot sell to advantage, for we would just as soon own the property as not. Buy all the powder, lead and caps you possibly can, but do not tarry to go over into California, or at least to detain you any length of time.

Brigham Young

Without question, every Mormon in the region prepared to leave. Pres. Loveland had $5,000.00 in tithing money which he planned to deliver to headquarters so he used it to buy powder, lead and caps. The citizens in the Stake gave $12,000.00 in gold which was sent immediately to San Francisco to buy guns and ammunition. The shipment was carried to Stockton by boat, then by freight wagons to Carson Valley and then on to Salt Lake City. 450 persons, captioned by Pres. Loveland were ready to leave within two weeks.

In 1960, the family moved to Call's Fort (near Brigham City) where they resided on a farm. They kept a hotel for transient miners and immigrants. Late in the fall of 1862, about forty-five immigrants, known as Captain' Smith's company, were enroute to California. On Raft River they were attacked by Indians who killed four of the party and wounded nine others. All their teams and provisions were stolen and the company was left destitute. By almost superhuman strength and fortitude, three of the immigrants made good their escape and called Col. Loveland to rescue the remaining members of the company. The Col. and three others started for the scene of the trouble and upon their arrival found thirty men, women, and children on the verge of starvation. All they had to eat for nine days was wild berries. Although the teams and provisions were lost, the remaining members of the company were rescued and shared the hospitality of Col. Loveland.

Early in the year 1868, he was placed in charge of a company to go to the terminus of the Union Pacific Railroad on the Platte River after a congregation of Latter Day Saints who were on their way to Utah. They had been attacked on the Sweetwater by Indians who stole their teams. However, the animals were recovered, but not without a hard struggle in which four Indians were killed. The company arrived safely under the judicious management of the leader.

The following letter was written by Chester Loveland to Grandpa and Grandma Chester Sessions while they were in St. Johns Arizona on a mission . . . Aunt Ruby Kennington had a copy of this letter. Perrigrine had written on the other side of the paper.

My dear Grandchildren

I was very much pleased to receive your letter but I was not so much pleased with the description of the country but it was about as I supposed. A very hard country such as none but the Saints could live in. By getting such places there is not much pleasure but we look for our reward in the future if we fill our mission. My family are all well and have been the past summer. There have been the best crops in Box Elder County the past season that has been for years. It is worth very little: wheat and oats worth 90 cents per bushel and barley 65 cents, and everything else in proportion. I came home from Brigham last Saturday. All is well there, your Grandmother is with Heber and Anson at Portnef for this winter. I just heard from her and she is well and the country agrees with her. The rest are first rate, Sister Packers folks are well at Brigham. I saw Sister Wright last week. I was sorry to hear you was all so much disappointed but it will work right in the end. The Lord Bless and preserve you all.

My Best Wishes to you all

March 5, 1886 Colonel Loveland passed away at Call's Fort, Utah where he is buried. Fanny Call Loveland passed away November 20th, 1899, at Call's Fort and is buried there. They played an important part in subduing the desert and making it safe for future settlements.

Material obtained from:

  • Book of Family Remembrance by Ada Sessions Eddins
  • City of Bountiful by Leslie Foy
  • Prominent Men and Pioneers of Utah.
  • Marcella Allred, Sessions Family Researcher
  • The Mormons in Nevada.


The County (Brigham City) was largely a fruit-raising, farming and cattle raising district. Therefore, some of the industries were a little slow developing, while others were much ahead of other counties. President Lorenzo Snow was a real colonizer and Brigham City grew up to be a model city from the beginning. The co-operative method was introduced and many of the early day industries were cooperative. Judge Samuel Smith built a very nice house on the west side of Main Street. He was appointed postmaster in 1855 and his home was the post office. Chester Loveland ran a hotel in a large adobe building located on Main Street. In 1867 Mr. Loveland was chosen as the first mayor of Brigham City. James Knudsen built a hotel and called it "Brigham Hotel." Charles Davis built what he called a rooming and boarding house of 1st East and Forest.

Editor, Deseret News:

It was but on Sunday last that the inhabitants of this place were assembled to listen to a funeral oration, delivered by Elder Joseph Holbrook, on the death of Elder Anson V. Call, who recently died on Laramie Plains, while returning home from a three-year mission to England, to which he was appointed in 1864. And yesterday, we were called to mourn the death, in her 24th year, of Sister Agnes Call, daughter of Col. Chester Loveland of Brigham City, and the wife of Brother Chester Call, the only surviving brother of the late Anson V. Call. She was one of Zion's daughters, born in Nauvoo, and it was her blessing to know the truth as it is known by God's people the Latter Day Saints. Her mind was never beclouded by error nor mystified by delusion, but the truths of heaven enlightened it, the knowledge of God fortified it, while the heavenly influences of the Holy Spirit gave to it that assurance enjoyed only by the faithful; therefore, her death was glorious, and she has gone but to come forth in the morning of the first resurrec-tion, to live forever with the just.

Remarks suitable to the occasion were made by Bishop John Stoker and Elders Anson Call, Chester Loveland, and John Telford, all of whom spoke as men of God, whose minds were enlightened by the Spirit of truth. Their remarks were full of consolation to the bereaved, full of precious promises to the faithful, and will serve to dry the mourner's tears and bid the weary traveler take comfort while pursuing life's path that leads to glory and eternal lives.

That we may ever be reconciled to the dispensations of our God and live day by day in keeping with His laws is the sincere desire of - William Thurgood, August 28, 1867.