Casey Ryan Wheeler was born in Ogden, Utah, on May 24, 1977. The son of Robyn and Stephen Wheeler and the youngest of four children, he grew up in Morgan, Utah. He was an active child with an extreme love of sports, undeniable determination, and a charismatic sense of humor. His athletic escapades included countless ice hockey games on the neighbor’s frozen pond with his childhood friends. However, even as a young man, his extreme caring and generosity towards others contradicted his true age. True to his giving nature, he served an LDS mission in London, England.
Duane Dee Stock “Dewey,” 66, passed away peacefully, Jan. 16, 2014, after a valiant fight with cancer. Duane was born on May 6, 1947, at the Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, to Carl and Lucille Stock. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and a friend to all who knew him. He was a man of honor, trust and respect. Growing up in Layton on Park Street with his old buddies, playing and riding go-carts was a kid’s dream! Duane attended Layton Elementary, Central Davis Junior High School and was a graduate of Davis High, “Class of 65.” He majored in art at Weber College.
The Morgan High School Troyettes went into Friday night’s Region 10 3A drill team competition ready to show off their impressive skills as well as hoping to prove they are a serious contender. With the MHS gymnasium filled with people and palpable enthusiasm, the Troyettes went head to head with dancers from Juan Diego, Uintah and Union.
While the state is considering requiring 24 high school credits before graduation, the Morgan County School District superintendent is wondering if reducing Morgan High School’s 30 graduation requirements could save money in an already tight budget.
In the 2013-2014 school year, the Morgan County School Board collected $6,400 in fees for use of the Trojan Century Center. In the same time, the district paid $17,067 in utilities for the building, $6,300 for supervision of the building, $4,416 for custodians to clean the building, and another $2,300 for supplies and repairs, said District Business Manager D’Lynn Poll.
The facility is used by both students as well as community members. As such, it is difficult to compute what percentage of utilities was paid for community use vs. district use.
Board member Ken Durrant said heating and cooling of the building would be the same no matter who was using it. When students leave the building, the facility must still be heated and cooled, he said.
Poll said the biggest cash out of the district’s pocket that can be tied to community use was for supervision. However, the fees collected for use of the building was enough revenue to pay for that supervision, she said.
Family history is really exciting for those who do it. Those who have not been bitten by the bug may feel overwhelmed or disinterested. I love helping individuals begin their family history and always maintain that you can research like a professional even if you are not one. Simply learn to do it right the first time and fix it right for future generations, and you will have some great (fun and interesting) training material for them when they are ready to begin.
Becky was born in Ogden, Utah, at the old McKay-Dee Hospital on June 29. She is the youngest of seven children (four sisters, two brothers) and was raised on a dairy farm in Henefer, Utah, where she milked cows, fed calves, rode horses, rolled and hauled bales of hay, caught poly-wogs, played with baby mice and lived outside everyday making mud pies, and playing with animals and cousins. Her closest sister is six years older than she and there is a 20-year difference between Becky and her oldest sister. She was an aunt two times before she was born and her nearest neighbors were five miles away. She loved the open spaces and the hard work ethic that was instilled in her by her family and being able to grow up on a farm.
The Morgan High School cheerleading stunt group of Paige Malan, Lexus Toomer, Shayli Kilmer and Rachel Hendershot participated in the state-wide stunt competition held on Jan. 11 at Roy High School. This stand-out foursome competed against 5A schools and was honored as the fourth best stunt group in the state.
Young sluggers got the chance to rub shoulders with Morgan High School baseball coaches and players last weekend at the Trojan Century Center as part of a youth baseball skills clinic. The coaches organized the clinic for players ages 8 to 14. Approximately 30 current and former players were enlisted to keep the ratio of players to instructors low and to provide more one-on-one feedback.
Despite the recent excitement for recreational and economic development opportunities that may come with redeveloping the Weber River, local ditch companies that rely on the flow for irrigation purposes are not as enthusiastic.
The political and economic climate lately has many in Morgan asking about their local businesses. It is a common occurrence to read weekly and even daily “Who does appliance repair in Morgan?” and other similar posts on local facebook pages. It is clear Morgan wants to shop local, and many residents don’t even realize Morgan is home to over 600 businesses.
For the second time this season, the Morgan Trojans boys basketball team took on the Wolverines of Hunter High School and came away victorious. In an exciting finish, Morgan ended the contest on top with a score of 66-64, the second closest finish for the Trojans this season.
Beth was born to Conrad Alma Smith and Nellie May Compton in Morgan, Utah. She spent her early years in Ogden, Utah. She married Frank Robison Turner on October 27, 1937 in the Salt Lake Temple. They moved to Taft, California where the first two of their five children were born. They later moved back to Devil Slide, Utah and had their third child.
Bob Heiner and Lorraine Richins were born three weeks apart and were raised in neighboring communities. However, it took 40 years and mutual friends to bring them together after they both endured the untimely death of their high school sweethearts, Cammy Biesinger and Merl Chappell.
Afton turns 90 this Thursday! Afton Boyer Anderton was born April 17, 1924, in Coalville, Utah. She grew up in Hoytsville, attending North Summit schools. Her gentle and sweet nature earned her the nickname of “Sugar.” Many of her family and friends still today call her by this name! Despite her battle with polio as a teenager, Afton enjoyed a wonderful and happy childhood.
When working on your genealogy, remember to follow up on any mention of a funeral home. Their records provide researchers with information about the individual’s death and more. They may show just a few details or the minutia involved in planning a funeral down to what flowers were sent and any clothes or beautician services purchased by the deceased’s loved ones. Details like who paid for the funeral might help identify family members and their addresses. Ministers who are listed as performing the funeral service provide clues as to additional church records that you will want to locate and research.
The trap shoot put on by the Morgan FFA Chapter as a fundraiser in the first of November could have gone no better. Many people throughout the community willingly donated prizes and money, while others showed up for the actual shoot to spend time with friends and family and just to have fun. It was a huge success!
Another home game, another slow start for the Trojans basketball team as they took on Box Elder High School this past Friday night. After falling behind by 11 points by the end of the first quarter, the Trojans gathered themselves and outscored the Bees by 22 points in the final three quarters as they earned their sixth win of the year. The 81-70 final score brought the team back to .500 on the season, and they have won six of their last seven games.
Lloyd Rex Heiner passed away peacefully in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 27, 2013, with his wife and mother at his side. We are certain he is happy to join his father, brother, grandparents and other loved ones who are rejoicing to be with him again.
Although same-sex couples could have obtained a marriage license from the Morgan County clerk between Dec. 23 and the morning of Jan. 6, none did. And because of a Supreme Court ruling Jan. 6, it is not likely to happen again until a federal appeals court can rule on whether the Utah law banning same-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
Two freight trains collided Wednesday morning, causing eight cars to derail near Interstate 84 near the mouth of Weber Canyon. About 9:30 a.m., one train struck the rear of the other, something being called unusual. Two cars spilled their load of grain and fell from the tracks above almost to the interstate below. One lane of westbound I-84 was closed for clean-up efforts, which could halt rail traffic for several days. Several crews including hazmat and a U.P. team were on scene to clean the grain, debris and diesel fuel. Several Union Pacific employees sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Students and teachers may be enjoying the summer break, but plans for the coming school year are well underway. The Morgan Education Foundation invites you to join with them in support of local public schools by participating in the sixth annual Morgan Education Foundation Golf Tournament on Aug. 5, 2014 at Round Valley Golf Course.
Across the United States many great men and women are giving their time and energy for a great cause. They volunteer hoping to save lives, protect property and help out their fellowmen. Each year more and more people step up to join this worthy cause.
A couple of weeks ago an author from Morgan came into the bookstore. She asked whether we would interested in stocking her book. We have a good selection of science fiction and fantasy in the bookstore and I always like to support local authors so I told her we would be happy to. I will confess that I am a lover of science fiction/fantasy and that genre is one of the best stocked in the store. I was also looking for a good book to read over the holidays so I took a copy home to read.