WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
EDWARD RANDALL PIKE
(newspaper man, lawyer)
BIOGRAPHYEdward Randall Pike was born December 8, 1857 in Brigg, Lincolnshire, England. He was christened Peter Asa Pike, but later changed his name to Edward Randall Pike. The family immigrated to America in 1871 and settled in Brooklyn, New York. Edward lived for a time in Corinne, Utah, when it was a booming mine town.
Edward and his brother, John, went to Silver Reef in 1877. They were the editors of the Silver Reef newspaper. On the 1880 census, Edward was a printer, living with his brother John (who was the editor) and John's family in Silver Reef. The brothers bought the paper in October 1879 and owned it until April 1881 when they sold it to James N. Louder and H. H. Steele and moved to the new mining district in Wood River, Idaho.
By 1886, Edward was in Salt Lake City where he patented a new invention for saving quicksilver and amalgam lost from stamp mills. He attended the University of Utah and worked as a correspondent at the Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake Herald, and San Francisco Chronicle newspapers.
In 1889, Edward married Minnie Mary Lethia Foster in Wayne, Michigan. Edward was listed as a printer in Detroit. Mary was a teacher at the Proctor Academy of Provo. They moved to Eureka, Juab County, Utah Territory, where they had two sons.
In 1890, Edward was examined for admission to the bar at the First District Court in Provo. He and his brother, Walter?, began their involvement in the mining claims at the Tintic District in Juab County. In 1891, Edward was appointed US Commissioner for Juab County, a post which he held until 1896 when the state was admitted to the Union. Beginning in 1892, he began incorporating mining companies in the Utah Territory. Edward was a member and often an officer in several social societies in Eureka, including the Knights of Pythias, the Democratic Club, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks30, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also served on the editorial board of the Webster Bulletin, issued by the Webster Literary Society (debate and literary works) of the University of Michigan (where he presumably received his law degree). In 1894, he won election as the prosecuting attorney in Juab County and served in that capacity until 1940. In 1894, he was elected as a state representative in the Utah Legislature. 3He was also a justice of the peace in Eureka. He and his family continued living in Eureka for the next 40 years. In 1917, Edward was treasurer of the newly organized Eureka Metallurgical Company, which had plans to erect and operate a custom milling plant in Eureka. Edward became a naturalized citizen in 1925. He served as president of the school board and as mayor of Eureka from 1924-1928.
Mary died on July 5, 1943 in Ogden, and was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Edward died September 20, 1943 in Eureka, Juab County, Utah. He was buried with Mary in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
REFERENCESEdward Randall Pike
A research report by Elaine Young, PhD.
Ancestry.com entry for Edward Randall Pike
Ancestry.com entry for Mary Lethia Foster
Find-A-Grave entry for Edward Pike
Find-A-Grave entry for Minnie Foster Pike
Find-A-Grave entry for Peter Newman Pike
Find-A-Grave entry for Mary L. Randall Pike