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History of Mountain Green

Article Date: 
10 February, 2012 (All day)

 

Part 3  of 3 

from the Warner family

 Lloyd Ralph Warner was the oldest son of Ralph and Kate Warner and he, as the other children, were born in Mountain Green.

Lloyd Warner wrote in Mountain Green the Beautiful: “One of my fondest memories of growing up in Mountain Green was during the Summer of 1925, or the year the Union Pacific built it’s double track from Gateway to Omaha.  Previous to that time, there had been only a single track for the stretch from Ogden through Uintah to Gateway.

Construction was done mostly by horse and manpower.  There were a few pieces of mechanical equipment such as a power shovel.  Most of the material was brought in by long work trains which deposited gravel or other material alongside the track.  

“I would ride my saddle horse alongside the right-of-way to see what was going on.  There were so many men and horses that it reminded me of thousands of ants on an ant hill.

“Some of the material was brought in by work trains from the Strawberry gravel pit.  These trains were loaded by huge steam shovels whose hisses, grunts and groans could be heard for miles around.  A huge camp was build to house and feed several hundred men and horses who worked around the clock all summer long.  The mess hall was a long building with word floor and sides.  The top was covered with canvas  At chow time, it reminded me of a bunch of hogs all talking, cussing, and swatting flies, but mostly the continues gulping of food and yelling for more.  The men had terrific appetites as the work hours were long and hard.

“The kitchen was equipped with huge stoves heated by kerosene or oil and the refrigerator was of wood frame covered with fly screen and burlap sack material.  The burlap was kept wet so as to keep the interior cool.  There were huge pots: so big, I swear a man could drown in them.

“He goes on to say in the article that the young men raced horses around the railroad work site and once he almost lost his saddle and bridle because he bet the railroad crew that his horse “Spark Plug” could beat their horses.  Although he lost, the crew was kind and gave him saddle and bridle back.

Lloyd married Beth Jenkins from Milton in 1941.  Lloyd was 27 and Beth was 21.  Shortly after they were married he left for the war.  He served in the China, Burma, India Theater of WWII and left the Army holding the rank of Major.  An interesting side note to their relationship is that Lloyd baptized Beth when he was 18 and she was 12 --- a wonderful story for another day.

         “Lloyd & Beth ran a café, which included a gas station and fish ponds on the old highway in Mountain Green for many years. It was called “Trout Springs Café”.  (picture) They had fish ponds that extended south where I-84 is now.  They lost 6 acres of their property when the freeway was built.  Carol Warner Ralphs has a notation that they sold 12,000 fish in one year. People would catch the fish and pay for them by the inch.  Most of their cafe business came from the PIE truck drivers and the cement truck drivers; this was when the main highway went through Mountain Green before the freeway was built.  It is interesting to note that that the original road (before the freeway) went around horse shoe bend in Weber Canyon. 

Carol now lives in the home originally built by Ralph and Kate Warner.  Kim and Terry Lynn Warner live in the home built by Lloyd and Beth in 1949. William and Rosalyn Warner live on the hill overlooking the family property, where their father tended his sheep, raised fish, owned a few cows and horses, and even raised pheasants in the early years.  He stayed active up until he passed away on July 4, 2004. 

Information from this article is taken from the Warner’s Book of Remembrance and Mountain Green, the Beautiful and personal knowledge of Carol Ralphs.  I thank the Warner family for sharing this information with me.

More stories about the early settlement of Mountain Green and other pioneer families can be found in Mountain Green the Beautiful, published in 1985 by the Herald Printing Company in Logan, Utah.