Excerpt from The California Mail Bag, Vol. 1: July, 1871
Day first saw the light, in (we believe) 1822. It was there, on the dark and bloody ground of Kentucky, that was laid, as it were, the founda tion of a life of chance and change in phase, but of steady constancy in purpose. Of Mr. Holladay's childhood it is unnecessary to speak in detail. The probability is, so far as we have been able to discern it, that as a boy Mr. Holladay was, as the phrase goes, a success. That is, he did not die. Early in life he emigrated to Western Missouri and engaged in traf fic. Here he began laying the first courses of that magnificent structure his commercial reputation. He soon became widely known as one of the shrewdest, boldest and most trustworthy of the men of honest activities who wrought out civilization in the Southwest.
When driven by persecutions which were a disgrace to Christianity, the Mormons sought security in the great deserts of the unknown West, Mr. Holladay loaded a wagon-train with goods and followed them, that he might do them good - and make an honest profit in the deed. He estab lished a mercantile house at Salt Lake City in 1851, and conducted its rather meagre affairs until '53. Of course a mind like his found little scope in the dull eventless round of merchandising in a desert town, and he turned his attention to enterprises of greater pith and moment. He secured contracts for supplying the different military posts with vari ous quartermaster and subsistence stores, and soon acquired an ample'for tune. Everything to which he turned his dextrous hand seemed to blos som and bear fruit.
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