The long awaited day of the opening of the Northfront Business Resource Center (DATC) Morgan center is now becoming a reality If you have driven by and seen the changes of the old Val’s Flower Business, you’ll see a fresh new face on the building, with new paint, and completely remodel as it’s transformed into the Northfront Business Resource Center. (DATC)
Utah State Republican Delegate Kristin Price, from Congressional District 4, was asked to attend a Utah State School Board meeting on April 13, to get a better understanding of the controversial Common Core Initiative supported by Gov. Gary Herbert.
Each year the Lt. Governor presents the Silver Bowl Award to volunteers for outstanding volunteer service. This year Mable Welsh received the Silver Bowl award. She was the only volunteer at the ceremony in Provo to receive a standing ovation and then a kiss on the forehead from the Lt. Governor.
Just when it seems that only negative headlines prevail, business corruption is increasing and a ‘survival of the fittes’t mindset seems the reality of the world, Salt Lake City RIGS brings the refreshing and sometimes surprising hope that perhaps we are getting some things right after all.
Have you ever had your nerves get the better of you? Don’t feel bad, everybody has had experiences where their nerves of steel suddenly turned into nerves of aluminum. From sports to special occasions, we’ve all choked or broke down in critical moments where our nervousness became our weakness. The list seems endless of when our nerves made us swerve off the roads of life and get stuck in the ruts of regret: Game time, test time, talks, speeches, seminars, unpaid bills, a new job, dating, confrontation, interviews, fear of failure, flying, performances, and proposals, etc., etc.! If only we could have a proxy for our missing moxie in those moments! How do we get past our unnerving fears and conquer our cold feet with courage when it’s our time to shine?
We live in a time when it is quite common to witness the devastation around the world from hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis and earthquakes on the nightly news. To many, it seems as if these disasters are becoming more frequent.
The National Genealogical Society conference is coming up this year in Cincinnati, May 9-12. Each year this represents one of the best opportunities to meet other genealogists, and learn from some of the best researchers in the nation.
Barbara Anderson has been at the heart of the Weber State University Morgan Center since the office opened in the summer of 2001. She has seen incredible growth in the classes and services offered during the time she has been director. She is retiring from her position as the Director of the WSU Morgan Center and as an employee of Weber State University this spring after 11 years. Pam Carter will be the new director of the center.
All Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts were called on to do the annual food drive in Morgan. The Cub Scouts were responsible for getting the food bags out to every household, and the Scouts picked up the food bags and delivered them to Morgan Food Pantry.
Elaine was working at American Optical in Salt Lake, and a friend told her she wanted Elaine to write to her cousin who was stationed in Korea. She started writing him and when he would come home from leave, they would date. He served a total of 3 years in the Marine Corp--13 months on the front lines in Korea. After his tour overseas, he was stationed in 29 Palms and in San Diego. He even participated in the Nuclear Bomb Tests in Nevada. He said that he saw and felt the atomic blast; the troops were half way out in the dessert when they were told that the wind had shifted and to turn back to the trenches. He said you could see the Joshua trees smoldering.
Ironically, as I write this, it’s just after midnight. Needless to say, I’m tired. But when inspiration strikes the writer can’t always have the luxury of trading his pen for a pillow. And so, I shall add some more oil to my lamp, plug in my laptop and continue down this rut less traveled. I don’t mind staying up late knowing that someone, somewhere, will find a few more moments of courage to endure and hopefully to enjoy their life more. That makes any sleepless night worth it to me.
Well, it’s finally here. On April 2, the United States National Archive released the images of the 1940 census. Almost immediately the National Archive site was virtually down, it was so slow. Over the past week the site performance has steadily improved, but it continues to run a little slow. What is not as well known is that the images are also available on FamilySearch.org/1940census and on Ancestry.com . Both of these sites are making the images available for free. If you know where your ancestor lived, you can now find the image in the census. If you don’t know where they lived you can go to FindMyPast.com who has offered to find your ancestor for you in the 1940 census. Images will also shortly be available on FindMyPast.com.
“Create a plan...but remember - be prepared to change the plan!”, words of advice from a young Morgan High School graduate and who has followed her plan - and finding out that “plans change” - and Melissa Ovard has made the changes successfully by following her simple goals she made early in her life. Her story of how it “all came down” to leading a full and successful career now moving forward with confidence was told to the North Summit and Morgan High Schools’ Sterling Scholars at a Recognition Banquet hosted by Holcim, (US) Inc. The evening of March 29th Sterling Scholar Nominees from these two schools came with their parents to enjoy dinner with their families at Larry’s Chicken Inn in Morgan.
If you ever felt like being in the presence of angels, you could attain your desire by attending an event with the Morgan County special-needs mutual. This inspirational group includes nearly three dozen participants with various physical, mental or learning disabilities and their church leaders from various parts of the county. On March 30th, the group put on a production of “Joy Story” in front of a packed auditorium. “Joy Story” is a spiritual adaptation of the popular “Toy Story.” Written and directed by Nolan and Cathy Johnson, the production is a moving story about friendship and involved every member of the special-needs mutual.
Franklin and Connie Abplanalp have been married for 50 years come April 20, 2012. They both grew up in the Vernal, Utah area and attended Uintah High School together, but they only knew each other because they were in the same graduating class.
Spring is in the air, bringing with it the excitement of outdoor activities for everyone. Morgan County is no different. We are going to be participating in the Utah Shake Out Exercise that will be held April 17-19. What is the Shake Out you ask? Well, Counties throughout the state will be exercising emergency plans. This exercise was started by FEMA and backed by the State. The scenario is as follows: a 7.0 earthquake will be reported from the Wasatch Front at 10:15 a.m. on April 17, 2012. Schools will be in session, family members may be elsewhere at work, and telephone lines will be down.
From spring cleaning to spring singing, the beauty of the world is reborn. For those who celebrate Easter’s true miracles and meanings their baskets and hearts are full of hidden treasures and treats to discover. One of my favorite parts of Easter is the hiding and hunting for eggs. It’s a true test of creativity when you can hide a dozen eggs or more and they stay hidden. Of course, you don’t want to leave any unfound for too long, or else your nose may get a hidden surprise as well.
It’s time again for the Money Matter$ Couples & Money Date Night Series provided by USU/Morgan County Extension. Starting next week for three Tuesday’s in April: April 10, 17 & 24 from 7-8 PM (April 10 & 17) and 7-8 (April 24 only) in the Morgan County Courthouse Auditorium.
On Sat. March 24, a controlled weed burning fire got out of hand, when wind picked up and extended the controlled fire to cause a grass fire. The fire swept fast burning a fence, and part of a power pole.
It’s that time of year when spring is in the air and Evanston Cowboy Days is getting ready for their big rodeo over Labor Day Weekend. First we must have a queen to reign over the festivities and promote the sport of rodeo. Evanston Cowboy Days is looking for any young lady ages 16 to 24, living within a 50 mile radius of Evanston, to fulfill this fun and exciting job.
Cheryl grew up in Hunter, which is now West Valley City. After graduating from Cypress High School she attended two years at SUSC on music and academic scholarships. She then attended Utah State where she met Brian through a friend. Brian lived in Markesan, Wisconsin until he was ten and then moved to Preston ID. He graduated from CSI, College of Southern Idaho, and then joined the National Guard. They were married in 1990 and moved to Provo where Brian began working for UPS and has worked there full time, except when deployed. They made Morgan their home 21 years ago.
Disasters can hit at anytime, whether it be from natural causes, earthquakes, floods, windstorms, fire, or unnatural disasters, power outages, wrecks, and chemical spills. Though not something most of us think about most the time, but for Morgan’s Peggy Mecham it stirs constantly in her mind of how to ensure safety for the community in times of unforeseen events.
Chances are, most people in the community have benefited from the service, works, and influence of the Morgan Lions Club. Through their many acts of service, sweet smiles and genuine joy have been reflected on the faces of Morgan children for many generations. George Francis jokes that the Morgan Lions Club has been around “since the time Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” While the exact date is not known with certainty, the Morgan Lions Club has been around for a very long time, well over 80 years. Throughout these years it has touched young and old alike. True to their motto “We serve”, the Morgan Lions Club has sponsored many of the celebrations Morgan residents have grown up with and continue to cherish with their own children and grandchildren. Lions clubs can be found serving throughout the world. In fact, they are the world’s largest service club organization. Although the parent organization is an international club, the Morgan Lions Club has been especially focused on the needs of our own community. They have structured the service they provide and activities they sponsor in a way to connect very personally with the people of Morgan.
Ahhh, spring has finally sprung and the long awaited, or dreaded, spring cleaning can commence! The time to do those daunting tasks that have been haunting us all winter long has now come due and we cringe knowing we can no longer spare the spurs. Why do we dread it? Because there’s so much to do and so little time to do it? Probably both! And cleaning isn’t a facet of fun no matter when it’s done. However, once the terrorizing tasks are completed, there are renewed feelings of energy and life again…at least until the clutter begins its quest to re-claim our lives, but that’s another rut for down the road.
The Morgan Chamber of Commerce received a significant boost from the County in the form of a donation of $7,500. The county has been working with the Chamber to develop an economic development plan for the county.
Writing a personal history can be daunting. If you are like me, most of your journal entries begin with, “It’s been a while since I have written in my journal.” Many individuals struggle with writing a daily journal. A history of your life, however, will likely be the greatest gift that you can leave your family behind. I guarantee that it will be treasured in generations to come as your life experiences will give them hope, insight, and understanding.
In the 1950’s, Nancy Mikesell was known as one of the best 4-Hers in Morgan County! Nancy has always loved 4-H. Her favorite 4-H club was always sewing. She participated in 4-H sewing clubs for many years and when she was in high school, she also taught sewing to the girls who were in Jr. High. She is still teaching sewing today to her granddaughters and some of their friends.
In the year 1859, David E. Henderson, Issac Morris and Jonathan Hemmingway families formed the nucleus for the town of Richville. Lured to this spot in 1861 come Thomas Rich (1817-1884) who had the honor of having the town named after him but moved to Porterville. David Henderson built the first log house down by the east canyon creek. When other families came they were advised by David Henderson to build on higher ground because of the flooding, which he had experienced from the 1860 spring runoff. This same year John H. Rich, Gillerpie Waldron and Solomon Conley joined the group, followed by Albert Douglas Dickson and a year later his two brothers, William and John and his father, Billa Dickson in 1862. Add to the list names of George W. Taggart, George Seaman, Henry and Morgan Hinman, and later on the Oluf Rose, Sanford Colson Porter, Baltzar Peterson, John Wood, Fredrick Clark, George Brough, and William Smith families and others who were attracted to this beautiful place. I have often wondered how they were able to communicate with each other as many were Scandinavia and others were English.
Wesley and Janet Grandsen bought the house and the property from the Ostlers, according to Bob Huerta who worked and roomed with the Grandsens for five years. County records verify they bought it from the Ostler Land and Livestock Co. in 1952. The Gransden’s ran cattle on the land which extended all the way to Snow Basin. The Huertas said Gransdens had Arabian horses, and Carol Ralphs said they also grew hay for their cattle. There was an irrigation ditch where the Highlands office now stands. Mr. Hubbard said he was told the property was 3500 acres or more at that time.
If you have Scottish records now is a great time to be searching online. FindMyPast has just released the 1881 Scottish census on FindMyPast.com. There are over 3.7 million records in the collection. This is added to the 1841 to 1871 censuses already on their site.
Russ and Natalie Tibitts met while they were both attending Ricks College. They went on a date set up through mutual friends and while Natalie had a mission planned when she met him, six months later they were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1993. She graduated in Interior design and then was granted a scholarship to BYU. Russ worked on Generals at Ricks, his Bachelor at BYU graduating in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership, and then finished up at University of Utah for his Masters. In case you wonder, he cheers for the Cougars but doesn’t forget he also graduated from the U of U. Russ currently works as a seminary teacher for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is serving as the Bishop of his ward. Natalie stays at home ‘to keep control over the chaos.’
Several months ago, for his Eagle Scout project, Carson Rupe sent out a flyer to the Mountain Green community, to collect toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss and drugstore eye glasses for Haiti. Some of these items were dropped off at his house, and he picked up others. All in all, he gathered three big boxes full of dental floss, toothpaste and toothbrushes for a dental team (part of the Haiti Healthcare Initiative) to give to patients. Part of the HHI project was to teach Haitians how to brush and floss, since the rate of dental problems is so high. For his Eagle project, Carson also gathered a number of reading glasses, and enough cash contributions to purchase over 60 more pairs of reading glasses.
Have you ever had a day when everything seemed to go your way? When you see a penny do you pick it up hoping all the day you’ll have good luck? If you have, you’re not the only lucky dog in town. Many would be wishers, down on their luck are always on the lookout for the next lucky charm to change their lives. From handshakes and hairdo-dos to superstitious routines and voodoos, they want to try and get the edge on their competition and hopefully their lives. They live and die by luck. They believe that being lucky is the only way out of their dire straits, and to get ahead and be happy in this hard luck world.
Apple has been in the news lately for their digital books and particularly for textbooks. More relevant to genealogists but with much less fanfare, FamilySearch announced that they now have more than 40,000 ebooks published online.
There are new items in the Morgan County Library display case, it’s Morgan High School Student Art. This colorful variety of art work will be displayed throughout the month of March. The students participating in this art display range from 10th to 12th grade.
When you drive by old homes in Morgan County, do you ever wonder how long they have been there and what tales they could tell? One beautiful old home I have always admired is “The Hubbard House” on 5648 W. Old Hwy Rd., Mountain Green which is 85 years old. The home was originally built by the Ostler family in 1927.
The annual Easter egg sponsored by The Morgan Lions Club, will be held on April 7th at the Morgan Rec Plex. Start time is 12 noon, DON’T BE LATE!!! Children 8 years of age and under are invited to participate.
This time of year April Matthews and her oldest daughters, Naomi and Kiley, become a little more visible as they ring the doorbell of hundreds of Morgan homes delivering the long standing tradition of Samoas and Thin Mints.
Dan Liljenquist visited Morgan this week. Liljenquist is running for the U.S. Senate seat opposing Orrin Hatch for the Republican nomination. Liljenquist is hoping for a repeat of what happened to Bob Bennett when he was replaced at the Republican convention with Mike Lee in 2010.
When was the last time you truly felt gratitude for someone or something in your life? Gratitude is more than an obliged gesture of Thank You. It’s a heartfelt feeling that adds depth and breadth to your appreciation. However, when we get too busy it’s easier to forget to be grateful. We can become blind to the wonderful gifts given to us each day. When we forget or forgo showing our gratitude to ourselves and to others, it can quickly drag us down into a rut of ingratitude.