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John Alford
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Birth: Jul. 3, 1826
Dorset, England
Death: Apr. 11, 1902
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA


Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT
12 April 1902


From injuries received in two accidents last summer, John Alford, the venerable and popular dry goods salesman of Z.C.M.I., died at his home, 86 Center street, early yesterday morning. Eight months ago he fell from a moving street car and a short time later fell from the steps of a Saltair car at the depot. Complications ensued and together with infirmities of old age his constitution was so weakened that he was forced to give up the fight for life. His death was directly due to inflammation of the brain.

The funeral will be held on Sunday at the Nineteenth ward meeting house at 12 o’clock. The remains may be viewed at the family home from 10:30 till 11:30 tomorrow.

Mr. Alford was born at Bourton, Dorsetshire, England, July 3, 1826, making his age 75 years. At the age of 12 years he went to live with his uncle, who owned a large dry goods business at Chippingham, Wiltshire, and was reared there with the understanding that he would be made his uncle’s heir. When the then young man joined the Mormon church a coolness sprang up between the uncle and nephew, and at the old gentleman’s death, three years afterward, Mr. Alford found himself cut off with only $1,000.

Mr. Alford had unusually excellent educational opportunities in his youth and was reared amid aristocratic environments, and even until his demise he was famed for his Chesterfieldian manners. In 1863 Mr. Alford emigrated to Utah, and soon after entered the employ of the late George Goddard. For thirty years he was one of the head salesmen of Z.C.M.I.’s dry goods department. His reputation among his fellows was that he could sell goods which they could not dispose of. Thousands of strangers who have visited the big store on Main street knew him as their chaperon over this immense business institution.

He was a very devout churchman and a faithful and consistent Democrat. For fourteen years he was a home missionary, and at all times he was very much interested in Sunday school work. He was for many years assistant superintendent of the Sabbath school in his ward.

In 1872 Mr. Alford visited his native land, and in the following year he married the widow of Captain Robert Ripley of the East Indies. Five children were the result of the union, three of them surviving. The deceased’s oldest son is Captain John Waters Alford, now with the Aschheim Mercantile company, but formerly a resident of this city.
Family links: 
  Margaret Russell Anderson Alford (1850 - 1938)
  John Waters Alford (1873 - 1943)*
  Jeanne Russell Alford Brandon (1875 - 1920)*
  Fanny Mary Alford (1878 - 1887)*
  William George Alford (1880 - 1887)*
*Calculated relationship
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Created by: Pamela Thompson
Record added: Feb 26, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105881844
John Alford
Added by: Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
John Alford
Added by: Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
John Alford
Added by: Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
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