Beautiful certificate from the Silver Brothers Iron Works Company
issued in 1906. This historic document has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a greek goddess in front of a iron works plant. This item has the hand signatures of the Company's President, Joseph A. Silver and Secretary, and is over 108 years old. The certificate was issued to Joseph A. Silver and endorsed by him on the verso.
In 1898, the Silver Brothers Iron Works Company, Salt Lake City, Utah was incorporated to manufacture machinery structural iron and steel work. John A. Silver was president, Hyrum A. Silver vice-president and Joseph A. Silver treasurer, secretary and manager.
The Silver Brothers Iron Works began with William J. Silver, an early Mormon pioneer, born in London, England, who founded one of the earliest foundries and machine shops in Utah. The company created many significant works, such as the cast oxen for the Salt Lake City LDS Temple and the iron fence surrounding the Brigham Young cemetery. Silver's three sons took over the company and renamed it the Silver Brothers Iron Works and began to manufacture machinery for Utah's sugar beet industry. Around the beginning of World War I, the bank foreclosed on the company due to debt and other losses. James Watson Silver moved to Ogden and founded the Ogden Iron Works, which manufactured machinery for the sugar beet and mining industries. Ogden Iron Works went out of business in 1991.