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Joshua Rufus Nichols
    Born: March 14, 1831 in Manlius Square, Onandago County, New York
    Died: December 11, 1902 in Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, Utah
    Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Father: Joshua Nichols  born: May 21st, 1783   died: August 4th, 1854
    Mother: Sarah Cook  born: June 11th, 1788  died: January 5th, 1846

    Married: Charlotte Elizabeth Hammond on February 14, 1855 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
    born: April 19, 1830 in Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York
    died: March 04, 1907 in Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado
    burial: Green Mountain Cemetery Boulder County, Boulder, Colorado
    Father: Charles Goodrich Hammond  born: June 04, 1804  died: April 15, 1884
    Mother: Charlotte Bradley Doolittle  born: February 04, 1807  died: January 04, 1887

    Children:
    1) Charles Hammond Nichols  
    born: December 24, 1855 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
    died: July 02, 1856 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

    2) Walter H. Nichols  
    born: February 19, 1866 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
    died: October 11, 1935 in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California
    Married: Esther Conner  born:                                       died:
    Date of marriage: September 27, 1892 in Michigan
Joshua Rufus Nichols was born March 14th, 1831, in Manlius Square, Onandago County, New York, the twelfth
child of Joshua and Sally (Cook) Nichols. He moved to Detroit, Michigan in early 1845, being close to his mother,
Sally Nichols, who died there in 1846. This is where he also met his future bride, Miss Charlotte Elizabeth
Hammond, whom he married on February 14th, 1855 in Chicago, Illinois. Elizabeth Hammond was the daughter of
Colonel Charles Goodrich and Charlotte B. (Doolittle) Hammond. In 1855,
C. G. Hammond was the General
Superintendent of the
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad in Chicago and was also the person who hired
David T. Nichols, Joshua's brother, as the first agent for the C. B. & Q. Railroad at Wyanet, Illinois in 1854.
Joshua worked at the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad in Chicago, from 1854 until 1869, first as a clerk and
then as a purchasing agent. He and his family moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1869, where he was appointed
Assistant Superintendent, Omaha Division of the Union Pacific Railroad, along with Charles G. Hammond who was
the General Superintendent of the same division. During that same year, he accompanied a delegation of Chicago
merchants to Salt Lake City seeking a trade route from that western location.  In 1871 Joshua and his family
moved to
Salt Lake City, Utah where he applied his profession of the railroad business with a new adventure,
mining. He opened up a business in Salt Lake, Nichols Mining Machine, MS, and applied his earlier trade of the
railroads for transportation of the metal and ore that he was extracting. He possessed the exclusive use rights
to a patent for the
Krom's separating and concentration machinery that was introduced in connection with
smelting, amalgamation and chlorination of raw ore in 1871 and using it on his mine, the
New York Lode in the
Rushville mining district. In 1892 he was the Vice President of the
Cresent Mining Company of Park City and was
also a member of the
Bi Chloride of Gold Club Auxiliary #70 of Salt Lake. He was also a member of the
Wasatch Lodge #1 of Ancient, Free & Accepted Masons.
Joshua remained in the mining profession until his death in 1902.
Left:
1850 Census Joshua R. Nichols

Right:
1860 Census Joshua R. Nichols. Joshua and
Elizabeth are living with Charles and
Charlotte Hammond.
1864 Chicago Guide  Page 27
1869 Chicago Guide Page 667
1871 Union Pacific
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1871 Union Pacific
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1871 Union Pacific
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In 1870 the Union Pacific planned a Trans Continental Excursion for railroad agents and personnel of the major
railroads, including the Union Pacific. The route started in Chicago, Illinois on September 12th, 1870, via Omaha,
Nebraska, September 13th and through to San Francisco, California on September 17th, 1870.

On the return trip the parties left on Friday, September 23rd from San Francisco and arrived in Chicago on the
28th of September, 1870
1874 Utah Gazette
Page 256
1871 Union Pacific
Dedication
1871 Union Pacific
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