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Morgan Valley Memories for the Week of January 7

Article Date: 
7 January, 2011 - 06:00

A new year and new old issues of The Morgan County News are opened and ready for another year of looking back at the happenings of Morgan County over the years.
As I prepared all of the books to use this year, I noticed once again how many years are missing and it makes me sad. I can only report from the years of the paper we have.  I go back in years, five years at a time, from this week in the history of The Morgan County News.
This year we are missing a lot of papers. I ask, (BEG) you if you have old papers that we are missing, if you can bring them in, we can scan them and give them back to you.
Following are the years that we are still missing:  all of 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928. The first two weeks of 1931, all of 1934, the papers up to March 8 in 1946, and the papers up to March 9 in 1951. Also we are missing the following years: 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979.
The other way we can get these papers is to have the copies that are on micro fish scanned. This is an expensive endeavor but it will help preserve the history of our great valley. The cost per page is about $3 per page, and we estimate that there are 1850 pages that need to be scanned and turned to pdf’s.  If you or your company would be interested in helping The Morgan County News preserve this history, please call Don Anderson, Anne Anderson or Doug Johnston at the paper at 801.829.3451.
1936
The descendants of George Thackeray held a family reunion at Croydon Christmas day. During the afternoon a program was given by members of the family. The entire family of 37 was present.
Mrs. James Palmer entertained at a birthday party last Sunday at her home in honor of her daughter, Benon, who celebrated her ninth birthday. The guests were Florence Thackeray, Fawa and Colleen Hardy, Ruth Davies, Beth Ellis, Evelyn Olsen, Marilyn Heiner, Marie Jensen, Rosella Compton, Donna Clark, Kent Randall, Howard Robinson, and Quinton Palmer.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Elmer announced the birth of a baby born Christmas Eve.
1941
Hyrum Phineas Geary, 80, one of the two last surviving original pioneers of Morgan died at his home in Morgan of a four day illness of complications resulting from influenza. Mr. Geary was a passenger on the first railroad train to travel into Utah.  He was born October 19, 1860 in Pennsylvania, an son of Edward and Elizabeth Ann Slater Geary. At the age of one he came with his parents to Morgan.
Mr. and Mrs. George Newbold hosted ten guests New Years Eve at their home. A delicious supper was served. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Alma Randall, Mr. and Mrs. James Compton, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Little, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. James Palmer.
Devil’s Slide was host to the American Legion and their partners Friday evening. Frank W. Little was the honored guest. Xmas gifts were exchanged and the remainder of the evening was spent with a program and playing cards.
A title in the paper said “This Young Man Has Total of 13 Grandparents” Roger Milton Fry, nearing his second birthday really has something to boast about, for he has thirteen living grandparents, seven on his father’s side and six on his mother’s side. Roger is the son of Milton H. Fry and Gwen Butters Fry and will be tow years old on March 18, 1941. His paternal grandparents are David A. Sanders, great-great-grandfather: George A. and Lucky S. Hess of Farmington, and Richard R. and Emeline T. Fry of Morgan, great-grandparents, and Richard T. and Nina Hess Fry of Morgan, grandparents. His maternal great-grandparents are J. Ether and Isabelle W. Butters and Charles and Maggie R. Tonks and his grandparents are Parley and Veronica T. Butters of Morgan.
In Porterville news, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Adams welcomed a baby girl on December 31, 1940.
1981
Sterling Scholars were announced for Morgan High School. Lynne Tilby, Jan Adamson, David Larsen, Kelly Vining, Scott Stenberg, Kyle Palmer, Erika Dickson, Shelly Logreen, Cinda Morgan, Wendy Wilson, Daren Peterson and David Winter were named.
1986
The Cook of the Week was Vanna Carter. (How is it she looked younger yesterday when she was in the news office, than she did it that photo. Maybe good cooking!)
Rick and Lynne London welcomed home a new baby girl. She was born on Christmas Eve.
Arthur K. London passed away at the age of 90.
Stanley Curtis Carter, 72, passed away.
Gail Gorder found a purse and turned it into the Morgan County Sheriff’s office. The purse had over $300 in cash and $700 in traveler’s checks. The tourist was very happy to get it back. Way to go Gail.
1991
Amy Randall fell at her home and will be at McKay Dee for the next few weeks.
Doug and Jan Flitton opened PerCom, a computer company.
Steve Smith was spotlighted in the paper.
Royal and Alice Fisher celebrated their 50th anniversary.
Irmgard V. Schmidt, 63, passed away.
1996
Utah turns 100, and Morgan celebrates. Morgan started a yearlong celebration that you will read a lot about in this column. A train rolled into the historic depot as a large crowd cheers its arrival. And a lot of people dressed as they did in 1896.
Morgan held a Morgan Centennial Ball on January 6.
Dewilt Harding shared memories of growing up in Morgan County.
Martha Mikesell also told of her childhood in Morgan County.
2001
Morgan County got new council members. Craig Fisher, Debbie Weaver, Bart Smith and Larry London.
Jimmy Francis retired from Morgan City after 32 years.
Fox Pointe Subdivision was okayed by Morgan City.
Paul Crittenden passed away at the age of 75.
2006
Dean Pace was sworn in as the Morgan City Mayor. He won the election over two time and first female mayor of Morgan, Y. Marie Heiner.
Postal rates from the U.S. Post Office went from 37 to 39 cents for single piece first class mail.
Former Morgan resident Cindy Johnston Sorely was featured in Family Circle Magazine spotlighting how she became one of Ebays top sellers.