Elmer Larson - Hanna Carpenter
1889-1912: The Butvier Collection from Sally Hafdell and David Eriksson in Sweden
Notes from Bob Leathers
Hanna, Wyoming Coal Camp
In early 1889: the Union Pacific Coal Company hired Swedish carpenters to build the first coal tipples and miner homes in Hanna. Among the first carpenters hired from Sweden was Elmer Larson.
Elmer Larson - he was actually named hjalmar, but he called himself Elmer in America - was born in 1870 and emigrated to America in 1891. We don't know where he lived all those years but probably around Hanna, Wyoming.
He first worked as a carpenter at the coal company and later he became something more than a carpenter, maybe foreman/supervisor or someone with a little more responsibility than a carpenter.
He returned from Hanna, Wyoming to Sweden in 1912 because his wife's father was killed by a bull, therefor they had to take over the farm here in Sweden. They should have sailed with the Titanic home, but of unknown causes they never did.
Hedda Bolin, then married Larson - she was actually named Hedvig, but she called her self Hedda in America - shecwas born somewhere between 1873-1883 and emigrated to America around 1900 at about 17 years old. She met Elmer Larson in America and they where married there. (David Eriksson, Sweden)
The following images sent to Bob Leathers from Sally Hafdell and David Eriksson in Sweden are truly magnificent. They provide us with new important details about the history of Hanna.
Union Pacific Coal Company's Hanna Coal Camp
Union Pacific Coal Company's No. 1 Mine in Hanna
Union Pacific Coal Company's No. 2 Mine in Hanna
More at: Union Pacific Coal Company's No. 2 Underground Mine at Hanna, Wyoming
Union Pacific Coal Company No. 4 Mine in Hanna
Cumberland, Wyoming Coal Camp
The Hanna, Wyoming coal mines were developed by the Union Pacific Coal Company in 1889 and the Cumberland, Wyoming mines in 1900. Cumberland is located about 15 miles south of Kemmerer on the Uinta County line. It was originally called "Camp Muddy." It consisted of four camps, Cumberland No. 1, Cumberland No. 2, South Cumberland, and Cumberland Gap. It was a coal camp much like Hanna. It was wholly owned by the Union Pacific Coal Company.
Diamondville still exits today. It is a town in Lincoln County, Wyoming. It was once a part of the Union Pacific Coal Company's collection of coal mines.
Silver King Mine
Park City District, Summit County, Utah
The Silver King Mine was a silver, lead, and zinc mine located in Summit county, Utah at an elevation of 8,199 feet. (Western Mining History)