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 Theodore Brandley

Theodore Brandley

Birth
Death 6 May 1928 (aged 76)
Burial Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Plot A.08.07.02
Memorial ID 89669 · View Source
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FORMER MAYOR OF RICHFIELD FOUNDER STIRLING, CANADA

Theodore Brandley Achieves Successful Career in Canadian Town

The older residents of Richfield will remember Theodore Brandley, a former prominent Richfieldian who served here most creditable in church and community work was for years, counselor to Bishop Joseph F. Horne and for three terms from 1894 to 1899, Mayor of our city. The Lethbridge Daily Herald of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, in the issue of November 23, publishes the following article about our former fellow citizen.

Theodore Brandley, pioneer Southern Alberta merchant, farmer and stock raiser has retired from active business. For 50 years Mr. Brandley has been engaged in the merchantile business in Canada and the United States and is widely and favorably known in wholesale and retail circles and among the commercial travelers in all parts of the Dominion. He has sold his store in Stirling but will continue to live there. The settlement he founded and assisted in building to its present condition of solidarity and attractiveness.

Mr. Brandley arrived in southern Alberta from the State of Utah on May 5, 1899. Three days later he started a general store in a tent. He was the first man in the townsite of Stirling, his family being the first to acquire property there and establish themselves. Merchandise for the Brandley store was secured from the late Harry Bentley of Lethbridge. Mr. Brandley conducted the business in the new townsite and his sons took there teams and worked on the new canal just started by the Alberta railway and Irrigation company and which played such an important part in the colonizing of the irrigated area south of the city.

That summer the Brandley family planted the first garden, the experiment proving highly encouraging. The rich, prairie soil yielded in its strength and the family had an abundance of vegetables for their use. In October, Mr. Brandley moved his stock into a newly erected frame building and from that time has continuously and successfully conducted a general store in Stirling.

As might be imagined, this pioneer business man can tell some interesting stories of early day merchandising in southern Alberta. He states that on July 1, of '99 he drove a team to Lethbridge running into a blinding snowstorm. He agrees, it was not in the least a "glorious fourth", although their outfit finally struggled through the storm into the town, finding merchants and customers huddled over hastily lighted fires. The countryside bore all the earmarks of winter,"So you see our first real taste of Canadian weather was anything but pleasant". However, we lived through that storm and scores of others and have no regrets in locating in this splendid land, said this pioneer, always an optimist meeting success and reverses with the same admirably poised spirit that has characterized his entire career.

In many ways Theodore Brandley has shown his unfailing faith in this country. He commenced farming in 1899, purchasing 400 acres of farm land from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint and 380 more from the a R and I company. That same year Mr. Brandley had the pleasure of entertaining F.T. Galt, son of Sir Alexander T. Galt of the Galt .... , C.A. Magrath then with the A.R. and I company later members of parliament for the constituency of and now chairman of the Ontario Hydro Electric Commission, and others. These men invariably called at the Brandley home during their visits in the south country looking over then company's extensive railway and irrigation interests.

For the next few years the new settlement made rapid growth. settlers from Utah came in many finding temporary shelter and entertainment at Mr. Brandley's home. In 1900 he raised his first crop of grain. It was a dry year but he raised sufficient for bread and seed for the next year.

His crop was threshed with a flail, there being no machines in the country at that time. later the irrigation canal was finished and the the water applied to his holdings. Mr. Brandley now has one of the best sugar beet farms in the south country.

In August, 1921 Mr. Brandley underwent a severe operation at the Galt hospital. While this operation was successful he has never enjoyed robust health since.

In a church capacity Theodore Brandley has been outstanding both in the Mormon settlements here and in the older parts of the church in Utah. For 12 years he was directly engaged in foreign missionary work. He answered the call of his church to move to Canada to assist in colonizing the settlements to be founded and has served as bishop, patriarch and counselor to the stake president in the Taylor Stake. He has a large and respected family, a daughter, Mrs. H. Ostlund residing in the city.

Richfield Reaper
10 December 1925




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89669
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Theodore Brandley (7 Dec 1851–6 May 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89669, citing Richfield City Cemetery, Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by For Get Me Not (contributor 46897116) .