Monday, May 7, 2012

Isaac Wardle Missing 1901

This is a series of transcribed newpaper articles from 1901 dealing with Isaac Wardle's disappearance.  As we know Isaac eventually showed up in San Francisco, And William Haston went and brought him home.  My theory is he was escaping persecution from U.S. Marshalls for polygamy.  These articles were emailed to me by Denise Croft.

Disappearance of I.J. Wardle Alarms His Friends
On October 10th, Mr. Wardle Cashed a Check for $100 at the Deseret National Bank, and Left the Building—Since Then His Family and Friends have Received No Word as to His Whereabouts—Police Will Send Out Descriptions of the Missing Man today.
    The relatives and friends of I.J. Wardle, one of the Utah Pioneers, are much exercised over his mysterious disappearance in the city nearly three weeks ago.  So complete has been his disappearance that the persistent efforts of his sons and of the police have not been rewarded by any trace of his whereabouts.   When last seen on the afternoon of October 10th the aged man was in the Deseret national bank, where he cashed a check for the sum of $100.  Cashier Young saw him walk from the bank after securing the money, but as to what became of him after that no information has been gained thus far.  As he was entirely in his right mind and is not given to the use of intoxicants, fears are entertained that he may have met with some mishap, if not foul play.
    Mr. Wardle left his home in Gale, Southwest of the city, on the forenoon of the day of his disappearance, and which he did not return at night his two sons, W.H. Wardle and I.J. Wardle Jr., thought that he might remained with some of his numerous friends in the city, and did not begin a search for him for nearly a week.  When the missing man could not be located in the city, communication was at once opened with towns in northern Idaho, where he has a large ranch, but it was learned that nothing had been seen of him in that locality.  His sons have not been able to secure the slightest clue.
    The police have decided to make circulars bearing descriptions and photographs of the missing man to the police departments of the principal cities of the West.  These circulars will be sent out today.
    Mr. Wardle has a large number of friends in the city and in outlying districts, having resided in Salt Lake valley for over forty years past.  He emigrated to Utah in 1857.  He is 67 years of age, and when last seen was attired in light coat and vest, brown trousers and light-colored hat.

The Daily Tribune  Salt Lake City, Utah. Monday Morning, October 28, 1901

This was in the classified ads
CONCERNING THE WHEREABOUTS of I.J. Wardle of Gale, Utah.  Disappeared Oct 10th while in Salt Lake on business.  When last seen was leaving Deseret National Bank.  Was wearing gray coat and vest, light hat, brown trousers: Is 67 years of age, gray beard, medium height and complexion.  Any information concerning his whereabouts will be thankfully received by Wardle brothers, Gale, Utah, or by the Chief of Police of this city.    M1728
The Daily Tribune: Salt Lake City, Utah, Friday Morning, November 1, 1901.

They Believe Wardle is Dead
Friends and Relatives of the Missing Pioneer Search Large Area of Country for His Remains
The relatives and friends of I.J. Wardle, the old pioneer who has been missing since October 10th are now firm in the belief that he has met with foul play.  So strong has this belief become that yesterday a searching party was organized in South Jordan and a large section of country was searched for some clue to the missing man.
The area covered was from Murray south, a distance of two miles and from State road to the Jordan river.  Although the search was most thorough, nothing was discovered.
So far as has been learned, Mr. Wardle has never been seen since he cashed a check for $100 at the Deseret National band and left the building.  He intended returning to the home of Charles Meyers, two miles south of Murray for the night, but did not reach there.  His family and friends instituted the search yesterday, fearing that he was robbed and murdered while in route to Meter’s place from Murray.
The Daily Tribune: Salt Lake City, Utah, Friday Morning, November 1, 1901.


  1. Thanks for posting the info on Isaac's disappearance. Below are typescripts of two additional articles found by Patti Call:


    Financial Troubles Said to be Cause of His Disappearance

    Bishop Wm A. Bills of South Jordan was a visitor at the “News” office today. He stated that a mistaken impression prevailed regarding the sudden and absolute disappearance of Isaac J Wardle from this city on October l0th.

    He said that reports have been circulated that Mr. Wardle left home on account of family disagreements and troubles and in contradiction to that the Bishop stated that he had known the Wardle family for forty years and that in all that time there had never been and unpleasantness among the members thereof. Bishop Bills said that the cause must have been financial troubles and in conclusion stated that “we wish him to reconsider and return home to his loving, sorrowing family and get back their affection and the respect of his friends.”

    SOURCE: Deseret Evening News, 11 Nov 1901, pg 1.


    I. J. Wardle, who so mysteriously disappeared from Salt Lake last fall and was traced to Ogden, where he was last seen, arrived in St Anthony, Idaho last week seemingly in good health. It is understood that he has been sojourning in the state of Oregon.

    SOURCE: Davis County Clipper, 28 Apr 1902, pg 2.