Jan. 2018 History Question of the Month

Jan. 2018 History Question of the Month
Posted on 01/03/2018


What early Butler resident also owned property in East Canyon where they operated a saw mill?


Joseph Smith Maxfield was born in Bedeque, Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Jan. 13, 1847.  After the family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they left their beautiful and comfortable home and traveled to Winter Quarters, Iowa, where they arrived in the summer of 1850. While crossing the Missouri river, Joseph’s brother, Jesse, who was 6 years old, slipped off of a plank as they were ferried across the river and drowned.  A week later, his brother Benjamin, who was 1 year old, also died. He was buried on the banks of the river. The family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley the next spring. The family spent their first winter near Murray and eventually settled in what is now West Jordan (about 6400 South and 1300 West.)

Joseph married Matilda Ann Turpin and made their home in Butler. During the summers, they spent their time in East Canyon where they also owned property.  Joseph had a saw mill, where he sawed and hauled pine ties for the railroad. The family eventually moved to Idaho.