Charles Henry Wilcken deserted the army marching toward Utah in 1857, was nevertheless captured by Mormons, was taken to Salt Lake City, and there was converted to the Church. He soon went on a mission to England, and when he returned he became very active in Church and community activities in Salt Lake City, and served as city watermaster and later on the police force. He later went into hiding on the 'underground' with Pres. John Taylor. He also became close to, and helped in various ways, George Q. Cannon, Wilford Woodruff, and other Church leaders. He was especially helpful with respect to the 'underground.' He was also active in community business affairs, such as the Salt Lake Agricultural and Manufacturing Company. He was a faithful Saint and made many important contributions to the community in which he lived.