“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cedar City in Iron County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Pioneer Stockman

Francis Webster



Pioneer Stockman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 16, 2014
1. Pioneer Stockman Marker
Inscription. Born in England, Francis Webster traveled to Utah in 1856 and played an important role in the early development of Cedar City. A leader in the sheep industry, he was among the first to begin shipping sheep and wool to the Chicago markets. An early merchant in Cedar City, he had a small store that sold candles, soap, saddles and other supplies that he brought back from his Chicago trips. One of the stalwarts in the monumental effort to build the first building (Old Main) at what is now Southern Utah University, he was a member of the Building Committee and is credited with playing a crucial role in persuading townspeople to participate in the undertaking. He served as a member of the City Council, then as mayor of Cedar City from 1872 to 1876, was elected to the lower house of the Utah Territorial Legislature and was president of both the Cedar Cooperative Sheep Association and Cedar Cooperative Mercantile and Manufacturing Institution.

The Martin Handcart Company
As a young man, Francis Webster traveled to Australia and twice to the gold fields of California. At age 25, he arrived back in England with $1,200. Five months later he married Ann Elizabeth Parsons and began preparations to travel to the Salt Lake Valley. Although he had sufficient money to purchase a wagon, full travel equipment, and two yoke of cattle,
Pioneer Stockman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 16, 2014
2. Pioneer Stockman Marker
instead the Websters elected to travel by handcart, using their money to bring themselves and nine other people to Zion. They arrived in Boston and traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, where they joined the ill-fated Martin Handcart Company. Once upon the plains, the handcart group was caught in heavy fall snowstorms, and many died from exposure and starvation. The Websters survived on a quarter-pound of flour a day and for five days Francis subsisted on the meat of a dead buffalo he discovered in order that his wife could have his flour ration. His first daughter was born during the trek. Rescued by a relief train, they completed their journey to Salt Lake City and two days later departed for Cedar City.

Statue by Jerry Anderson
Location. 37° 40.742′ N, 113° 3.716′ W. Marker is in Cedar City, Utah, in Iron County. Marker is on North Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 95 North Main Street, Cedar City UT 84720, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Social Hall (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ward Hall (about 600 feet away); Cedar City Tabernacle (about 600 feet away); Heroine of China
Pioneer Stockman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 16, 2014
3. Pioneer Stockman Marker
(about 700 feet away); Escalante Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cedar City Railroad Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Deseret Iron Works (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pioneer Iron Works Blast Furnace (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cedar City.
Categories. Notable Persons
Francis Webster image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 16, 2014
4. Francis Webster
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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