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Biography of Charles F. Decker, Utah

Portrait, Genealogical, and Biographical Record of the State of Utah
National Historic Record Co., Chicago, 1902.
Page 455;  Retrieved 1/22/2010 from


Charles F. Decker

Charles F. Decker is one of Provo’s enterprising, wide-awake young business men.  He is a native of this State and a son of one of the pioneers, Isaac P. Decker, who came to Utah in 1847 with the second company of pioneers, as a lad of seven years, and is still living in Salt Lake City.

Charles F. Decker was born in Salt Lake City September 15, 1863, and there grew up and obtained his education in the schools of that place.  At the age of nineteen he left school and engaged in teaming, following that until 1886, when he entered the employ of the Pacific Express Company as a messenger between Ogden and Cheyenne.  He resigned his position in 1890 and became associated with Spencer Clawson, as salesman in the wholesale department of the establishment for two years.  In 1892 he came to Provo and took charge of the old Cosmopolitan Hotel, and the following year took the agency of the Pacific Express Company at this place, which position he still retains.  He began handling produce and fruits about the time he entered the employ of the Express Company, and has since continued a wholesale business, handling fruits and produce by the carload and shipping to markets in the East and South.  Beginning in a small way, Mr. Decker has by judicious management and close attention built up one of the finest businesses in this line in the State, his sales amounting to from seventy-five to one hundred thousand dollars a year.  He also handles fish and game in season, doing a wholesale trade in this line.  In addition to handling Utah fruits he handles large quantities of California fruits for the Southern Utah market, supplying most of the trade in that district.  Like most other business men in this State, he has some mining properties, his interests lying in the Tintic disctrict.

Mr. Decker was married October 29, 1888, to Miss Lizzie Dunn, daughter of James Dunn, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work.  Six children have been the result of this union – Charles V., Ethel, Elmer, Stanley, Glenn, and Edna.

In his political belief Mr. Decker is a Democrat.  He served on the City Council in 1901-3, and was a member of various committees, being on the committees of finance, public grounds and city property, and railroads and telegraph lines.  He has taken a lively interest in public affairs since living here, and is one of the public-spirited men of the city.

He is a member of the Mormon Church, in which he holds the office of Elder of the First Provo Ward.  Our subject is one of the best known and most highly respected men in Provo, and his career has been an honor to him and a source of pride to those who know him best.

In March, 1902, Mr. Decker received the first carload of seed potatoes ever brought into Utah in carload lots, and distributed them among the farmers of Utah County, so as to improve the seed and pave the way for better crops in the future.

January 25, 2010