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Thomas Harvey Sutton

Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota, USA
Death 4 Sep 1947 (aged 72)
Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot East Park_92_11
Memorial ID 154598 · View Source
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The Salt Lake Tribune
Friday, September 5, 1947
page 17


Thomas Harvey Sutton, 72, well-known Salt Lake restaurant operator for more than half a century, died of a heart ailment Thursday at 3:50 p.m. at his home in Stillwater, Minn.

A son of Thomas and Catherine Sauntry Sutton, he was born March 24, 1875, in Stillwater.

He came west when he was about 17 years old and began his career in the restaurant business one year later by working as a bus boy in a cafe in Nevada.


A short time later he came to Utah and settled in Salt Lake City where he started on the career that made him "famous and loved" throughout the intermountain region.

About 49 years ago he opened the Grill cafe on 3rd South, later moving it to the 100 block on S. Main. He moved it again several years later to the 200 block on S. Main.

In 1928 he sold the Grill cafe and about five months later opened Sutton's Cafe, 127 S. Main. It is said he lost heavily during the stock crash of 1929 and that he opened the latter cafe on a "shoe-string".


It was at the latter establishment that he made "his rules of restaurant business" well known to his customers. The rules were: "never let a customer run out of butter nor bread and always allow the customer second helpings, if he wants them."

In 1901 he married Dora Mae Sutherland in Anaconda, Montana. She died Oct. 30, 1946, in Salt Lake City.

Mr. Sutton sold Sutton's Cafe five years ago in order to retire because of ill health. He resided in Salt Lake City from then until the death of his wife. The only known survivors are one brother and three sisters, Miss Gertrude Sutton, Dr. Lillian Sutton, Miss Mary Kaine and Lyman Sutton, whose addresses are unknown.

The body will be brought to Salt Lake City for funeral services and burial.


The Salt Lake Tribune
Tuesday, September 9, 1947
page 20


Final tribute was paid Thomas Harvey Sutton, 72, in requim mass celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Madelaine by Rev. Patrick Harie. Burial was in Mt. Olivet cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Harry Rose, Walter Roach, Kente Cook, J. R. Rideout, Orval W. Adams, and Paul Gould.

Mr. Sutton, widely known restaurant operator in Salt Lake City for more than 50 years, died Thursday at his home in Stillwater, Minn. where he had resided for the past year.




  • Imported from: UT State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 154598
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Harvey Sutton (24 Mar 1875–4 Sep 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 154598, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .