Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 14947

Box Elder County (Utah). County Clerk Incorporation case files of LDS church wards

Dates: 1886-1901

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

These case files contain Articles of Incorporation filed with the Box Elder County Clerk by LDS Church Wards. The articles of incorporation were required to be filed with the County Clerk and State to ensure that the laws which pertained to the organization were adhered to. The actual articles of incorporation record the following: names of the corporation officers including the President which was filled by the Bishop of the ward, names of the ward members, and oaths of office. The Articles of Incorporation state that the members of the ward "desired to become a body corporate, under and in accordance with the existing laws of Utah Territory, and had met for that purpose." The law of the Utah Territory stated " that any number of persons associated together for religious, social, scientific, benevolent or other purposes...when pecuniary profit is not their object...may incorporate themseleves as provided in this Act (Laws of Utah, 1878, chap., 18, sec., 1).

Under current Utah law and the laws of the territorial legislature, individuals desiring to incorporate, were to file and record articles of incorporation with their respective county clerk. These agreements specified the nature and place of business, amount of stock to be issued, terms for officers, etc. The clerk in turn issued a certificate of incorporation and recorded the final articles of incorporation in these record books.

Arrangement

Alphabetical by LDS Church Ward

Research Note

Researchers should be aware that the wards may have more than one case file and should consult the container list to ensure finding all related documents. Not all documents relating to the wards were filmed together. A note on the microfilm states "filmed as filed."

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Incorporation Records were first scheduled as permanent records in 1978. This series was microfilmed by the Utah State Archives in March 1980. This entire series was archivally processed by David Clark in May 1996. The original case files were located in October 1996 and were flattened and foldered by Val Wilson. The case files are arranged alphabetically and will be retained permanently.

Indexing Terms

  • New business enterprises—Utah—Box Elder County.
  • Corporations—Utah—Box Elder County.
  • Incorporation—Utah—Box Elder County.
  • Corporations, Religious.

Container List

REEL BOX FOLDER DESCRIPTION
2 1 1 Bear River City
1 n/a n/a Bear River Mutual Fire Insurance Company
2 n/a n/a Beaver
1 1 2 Brigham City First
2 1 3 Brigham City Second
2 1 4 Brigham City Third
2 1 5 Brigham City Fourth
2 1 6 Box Elder Stake, Church Association of
2 1 7 Deweyville
1 1 8 Grouse Creek
2 1 9 Honeyville
2 1 10 Mantua
2 1 11 North
2 1 12 Park Valley
2 1 13 Plymouth
2 1 14 Portage
1 1 15 Snowville
1 1 16 Thatcher
2 1 17 Three Mile Creek
2 1 18 Washakie
2 1 19 Willard