WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
LEROY ALBERT WILSON
(inventor, promoter, prospector)
BIOGRAPHYLeroy "Roy" Albert Wilson was born March 16, 1892 in Midvale, Utah. He graduated from Jordan High School and the Utah State Agricultural College in 1916. Wilson attended Reserve Officers' Training School at Ft. Sill, OK. He served during World War I and was discharged as a second lieutenant.
Initially active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, Mormon), Roy was excommunicated on September 21, 1926 for continuing to advocate polygamy after the practice was abandoned by the Church. He remained separated from the Church for the rest of his life.
Wilson was a businessman and prolific inventor. He created General Steam Corporation to develop his inventions, foremost of which were some efficient steam engines. Finances and condition of the general economy was a continual problem during the 1920s and 1930s.
In a effort to gain control of his costs, Wilson moved his General Steam business down to southern Utah. He acquired coal and iron ore properties in Iron and Washington Counties.
In 1936, headquarters of the company was moved to Cove Creek Camp in Bull Valley, Washington County. Equipment was acquired and moved in and buildings were built. However problems developed and General Steam went into receivership in 1939. The camp remained populated for some years thereafter.
Wilson got involved in Uranium prospecting in Kane County.
Wilson was murdered outside of Kanab on May 18, 1954 at the age of 62. He is buried in Plot Park_37_3_4W of the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
REFERENCESLeroy Albert Wilson, Inventor - Promoter - Prospector, 1892 - 1954
by Klara Rowe Petersen, 2013
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The Doc Aiken Story: Memoirs of a Country Doctor
Book by George Russell Aiken, M.D.
158 pp, 1989
ISBN: 0938473018 / 0-938473-01-8
Includes a story about Leroy Albert Wilson
Geiger Counter Murder - cold case or hot case?
Article by Dixie Brunner about the murder of Leroy Albert Wilson
Southern Utah News, April 13, 2011
New information 57 years after famous Kanab murder?
Article by Natalie Carlisle about the murder of Leroy Albert Wilson
Salt Lake Tribune, April 19, 2011
Southern Utah Memories: Geiger Counter Murder story,
by Loren R. Webb, January 27, 2013
CRIME: The Geiger-Counter Murder
Article about the murder of Leroy Albert Wilson
Time Magazine, Monday, May 31, 1954
Death certificate for Leroy Albert Wilson
Find-A-Grave entry for Leroy Albert Wilson