Thomas Clark Callister (1852-1928)

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Thomas Clark Callister
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Bishop Callister
Born: 2 Aug 1852 Salt Lake City, Utah
Died: 31 Jul 1928 Salt Lake City, Utah
Father: Thomas Callister
Mother: Helen Mar Clark
Siblings: Helen Mar Callister
Elizabeth Ann Callister
Catherine Elizabeth Callister
Thomas Clark Callister
Sarah Melissa Callister
Isabella Callister
Margaret Jane Callister
Daniel Porter Callister
Susan Delilah Callister
Russell Kilburn Callister
John Warren Callister
Zina Percinda Callister
Spouse: Alice Melissa McBride
Married: 16 Nov 1874 Salt Lake City, Utah
Children: Ruby Alice Callister
Helen Angie Callister
Thomas Clark Callister
Wells Reuben Callister
Laura Adell Callister
Edna Louise Callister
Mabel Venita Callister
LaNola Callister

Esshom, Frank. Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p. 792:

CALLISTER, THOMAS CLARK (son of Thomas Callister and Helen Mar Clark). Born Aug. 2, 1852, Salt Lake City.

Married Alice M. McBride Nov. 16, 1874, Salt Lake City (daughter of Reuben McBride and Mary Ann Anderson of Fillmore, pioneers 1851). She was born Dec. 4, 1853.

Their children:

  • Ruby Alice b. Nov. 29, 1875, m. Raymond Ray;
  • Helen Angie b. June 9, 1878, m. Elmer E. Hinckley
  • Thomas Clark Jr. b. May 1, 1881, m. Millie Peterson
  • Wells Reuben b. Dec. 1, 1883, d. Jan. 26, 1886
  • Laura Adell b. March 27, 1886
  • Edna Louise b. July 15, 1888, m. John W. Starley
  • Mabel Venita b. June 26, 1891, d. Feb. 12, 1892
  • LaNola b. March 22, 1893

Family Home Salt Lake City

Bishop of Fillmore; high councilor; counselor in presidency of Millard stake; patriarch. Probate judge of Millard County, and assessor and collector; mayor of Fillmore; justice of peace; secretary State Board of Land Commissioners; county recorder; member legislature. Land attorney.


The Millard County Progress, Friday, August 3, 1938:


Thomas C. Callister, born in Salt Lake, August 2, 1852, died at his home, 279 Hubbard Ave., Salt Lake City, July 30th.

While he had not been in the best of health for the past few months, Uncle Thomas-as he was affectionately called in Fillmore-was apparently feeling as well as usual just prior to his death. He was one of the speakers at a funeral Sunday. As it was an extremely warm day, he went for a long automobile ride with members of his family that evening. He went to bed apparently feeling much refreshed, but when his daughter, LaNola went to rouse him in the morning she found that he had passed away sometime during the night, and as far as the doctor was able to determine, without any suffering.

The deceased was the son of Thomas Callister and Helen Mar Clark, who came to Utah in 1847. In 1861 the family moved to Fillmore, where Mr. Callister remained until 1907 when he returned to Salt Lake City. He was married in Fillmore to Alice McBride, who preceded him to the grave a few years ago.

In his early manhood he helped to defend the pioneer settlements against attacks by the Indians and won for himself a reputation for being a fearless fighter.

He was educated in the public schools, Deseret University and Morgan Commercial College where he specialized in bookkeeping and accounting.

Mr. Callister was mayor of Fillmore, and a former member of both houses of the state legislature. Besides occupying these positions, he also acted as probate judge, assessor and collector, justice of the peace, superintendent of public instruction, county clerk and recorder.

He was bishop of Fillmore for some time, also holding many other ecclesiastical positions both here and in Salt Lake City. At the time of his death he was an official worker in the Salt Lake Temple.

Funeral services were held yesterday at 12 o'clock in the Liberty Ward Chapel, and interment was in the Salt Lake Temple.

Uncle Thomas is survived by four children: Ruby C. Kranenberg, San Francisco; T. Clark Callister, Fillmore; Laura A. Callister and La Nola C. Driggs, Salt Lake; also by sixteen brothers and sisters: Alva Callister, Logan; William Henry Callister, Daniel Porter Callister, Susan D. Lyman and Russell K. Callister, all of Salt Lake; Mrs. Elida Ellison, Orson Callister, both of Blackfoot, Idaho; Mrs. Juliet Carson, Idaho Falls; Walter Callister, Fillmore; Joseph Platt Callister, Oak City; Helen Mar McCullough, Delts; Catharine Hatton, Fillmore; Mary M. Lyman, Oak City; Sadie M. Pratt, Vallejo, Cal.; Isabel Webb, Hayward, Cal.; John Callister, Tooele. He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren and six great grand children.


  • Black, Susan W. E. Early LDS Membership Data (Infobases, 1995)
  • Day, Stella H., ed. Builders of Early Millard, pp. 116-117, 468, 581
  • Lichfield, Beulah Menlove. Cemetery Records, Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah, p. 11
  • McBride, Virginia. Charles R. McBride Memorial, p. 21
  • 1870 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Town: Fillmore, Post Office: Fillmore, Enumerated 24 Jun 1870, page 3, Dwelling 26, Family 25:
, Thomas C., 17, m, w, At Home, Utah
  • 1880 Federal Census, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, Page 463C:
Callister, Thomas C., head, M M W 26 UT Occ: Working On R.R. Fa: Isle of Man Mo: NY
, Alice, wife, F M W 24 UT Occ: Keeping House Fa: NY Mo: NY
, Ruby A., daughter, F S W 4 UT Fa: UT Mo: UT
, Helen, daughter, F S W 2 UT Fa: UT Mo: UT
Birth: 1853
Death: 8/2/1928
Burial: 8/2/1928
Grave Location: Salt Lake City Cemetery , C_9_15_1_N 2