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William Riley Hurst and his sisters Nedra, Dora, and Gwen 1918. His officer's uniform, ordered from Montgomery Ward, made other Blanding boys envious and gave the girls a crush on him. Some returning soldiers saluted him, thinking from a distance that he was an officer. He hated to outgrow it. Courtesy of authors.
A Look Back: Utah soldiers before the first World War

First Published Jan 10 2014 07:18 am • Last Updated Apr 18 2014 10:51 am

Each Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune presents images from its archives in a special series called A Look Back. This week’s installment features photos of Utah’s early soldiers from such wars as WWI, the Spanish American War, the Blackhawk wars and even the Mormon Militia.

Every gallery of the series is available at www.sltrib.com/topics/lookback. Here is a sampling:

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Christmas in Utah through the years

Prominent artists from early Utah

Utah firefighters at the turn of the 19th century

Historic bars and saloons in Utah

Early settlers in Idaho

The 1988 Yellowstone fire

Early Utah mansions and homesteads

Pony Express, postal service and telegraph in Utah


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The mining ghost town of Mercur

Construction of the Salt Lake Tabernacle

Historic buildings in Utah

30 years of iconic rock and roll in Utah

Hunting and fishing in the early 1900s

BYU, Utah football programs

Saloons, brewing companies in Utah around 1900

Historic photos of Temple Square



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