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.
With the completion of the high school basketball season comes the time for individual awards to be handed out. The Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune recently posted their All State teams, and several players from both the Morgan Trojan boys and girls squad were recognized for their successful seasons.
One walking trail in Mountain Green parallels old highway, directly east of the Mountain Green exit. This walking trail was a community effort and took the dedicated work of many individuals to make it a reality. In 1993, it was recognized by members of the community that a safety hazard existed for young children, walkers, and bike riders who traveled from Monte Verde, Polls and the Highlands to the Old Farm Market or from one subdivision to the other. Pedestrians had to walk on the edge of old highway road which is the main thoroughfare through Mountain Green and connects to Trappers Loop. Especially because of the increased traffic from Ogden Valley due to the completion of Trappers Loop road and the fact that this traffic had to use the old highway in order to connect with the interstate, an effort was made to solve the safety hazard—by creating a walking path.
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.
Last week the Trojans traveled to Stansbury High School to take on the Stallions in their first region game of the season. The Trojans came out strong, threatening to score early, but had difficulty finding the net throughout the game.
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.’
(Ret.) Major William Carl “Bill” Johns reported for “Heavenly Duty” at 0245 hours, on Monday, 19 March 2012. Bill was born on 29 April 1935 in Carey, Idaho to Carl Emeris Johns and Louise Wilde Johns, and is the oldest of five children. Bill was a beloved elder brother to his siblings. From an early age he set an example with his strong work ethic, enthusiasm, and devotion to his Heavenly Father.
The FFA once again brought back Donkey Basketball to the High School gym to raise funds for their program! A bit like traditional basketball, only with donkeys added and a twist of country on the court, these donkeys have a mind all their own, even when their riders have a different agenda. A competitive sport involving the Morgan Cowboys, FFA, MHS Faculty, and the Wrestling team, not riding a horse with no name, but riding donkeys with names like Shrek, Snickers, Twitter, Red Rock, Pee Wee, Snake River, Expresso and Tater Tot! Donkey Basketball has been in Morgan for many years, going every other year. The teams consisted of the cowboys with Mike Morgan, Jody Mecham, Jason Morgan, Rhonda Morgan, Hutch Haslam, Justin Haslam. The FFA team was Byran Chappell, Kyle Stapley, Christian Anderson, Caden Wilde, Jake Cannon, Luke Little, Byrce Preece, Eli Porter. The MHS faculty was Mr. Bennett, Mr. Mills, Coach Kelly, Magee Stapley, Megan Stapley, Bro. Phelps, Nate Buchanon. The Wrestling team was Wyatt Ashby, Porter Green, Ryder Green, Tyler Carter, Jayden Pentz, Jose Patino, Bridger Anderson, Karen Baird.
After a long search Shane Stephens and Debbie Sessions were appointed to serve on the Morgan Planning Commission. The county council has been searching for some time for qualified candidates who are willing to serve. Sessions has been a regular attendee at planning commission and county council meetings and has been a great example of citizen participation in governmetn in the county.
Caucuses across the county last week reported record numbers of attendees. A combination of interesting races including a run against Senator Hatch, and strong encouragement from the LDS Church resulted in many first time attendees. This was also the first time for the new precincts and the Republican Party in particular struggled with the size of the new precincts.
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.
Once again, Morgan’s own, Joel LaBorde has garnered high honors at the SASS National Cowboy Action Shooting competition held this past February at the Ben Avery Shooting Range in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. LaBorde, shooting under the alias of J.T. Wild, competed with top shooters from around the world. Competitors came from all over the globe, including Australia, Canada, Norway, England, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, and nearly every state in the USA. All competitors either choose or are given a alias, Joel’s was given to him by his friend who introduced him to Cowboy action shooting.
Morgan started the season March 6 against defending 1A State runner up St. Joseph’s. Senior Josh Holman found the net to keep the game tied at half time. But as the snow moved in, the Trojans went cold falling to the Jayhawks 4-1. The following day, Morgan traveled to Roy to face a powerful 4A team. The Royals shut Morgan down, winning 8-0.
Morgan High School’s varsity baseball team, led by Head Coach Jeff Toller, continued its impressive run against non-3A opponents by knocking out Division 5A foe, Northridge by a score of 7-0 on March 13th. This victory followed the team’s debut win (6-2) over the 4A Roy Royals. With the win, the Trojans improved to 2-0.
Last week was the Night out with the Troyettes, with various dances performed by our Troyettes. This year’s Troyettes: Amanda Walker is the President; Kylie Sorensen is Drill Mistress, Taylor Mecham, Karlee Stokes, Morgan Streadbeck, Mikaela Garner, Ayana VanCampen, Shara Nye, Erika Fairbanks, Shaylee Ewing, Kelsie Cannon, Alexis Jensen, Nocona Campbell, Sadie Siebert, and Daryion Stuart. Thanks for always pumping us up for all the games! A big thanks to Morgan Academy of Dance and all the Mini-Troyettes! One Dream, One Goal, One Team, One Soul.
We all know how hard and unfair life is. Sometimes, life really can get the best of us. Unfortunately, it can get so hard that some people can’t find any way out. I’m writing this article due to recent numbers found that more and more teens are taking their own lives due to issues that they endure.
As parents we attend Parent/Teacher Conferences because we are concerned about our children. We want to know how they are doing in school socially, academically, and gain some insight into our children’s lives when they are away from home. Teachers dutifully tell us our child’s academic strengths, weaknesses, and provide some knowledge regarding social growth. At some point during the conference DIBELS scores are mentioned. The purpose of this article is to provide basic information regarding DIBELS so you, as parents/guardians, will have a better understanding of what DIBELS scores mean for your child. It is important to understand how DIBELS works so you will be better equipped to be your child’s advocate. So, what are DIBELS?
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.
Elder Zaine Farris, Son of Jann and Wendy Farris, has been called to serve a LDS Mission in Tampico, Mexico. He will speak in the Morgan 8th Ward (Porterville Chapel) on Sunday March 18th at 9am; he enters the Mission Training Center on March 21st.
My sweetheart – the charming and delightful Miss Sherie – and I, along with our beloved family, express our deepest love and thanks to the community for the outpouring of love, service and concern at Sherie’s passing.
Gertrude Evelyn Koemel McEwen, age 86, passed away March 12, 2012 at the home of her daughter in Syracuse, surrounded by all her children. She was born January 18, 1926 in Robstown, Texas to Walter Adolph Koemel and Clara Wilhelmina Magdalena Steger Koemel. She married Earl James McEwen, December 2, 1944. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She and Earl moved with their growing family from Texas to several places in Utah and Idaho settling in Ogden, Utah until moving to Mt. Green, Utah for retirement.
After a courageous battle with cancer, Sherie Porter Wright, 57, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of her sweetheart and surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at her home in Peterson, Utah.
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.
Preparations are under way for the 2012 Morgan County Fair. This years Fair will run July 26th thru August 4th. Along with some of the old favorites there will be some new events. We will be adding a Demolition Derby which will be held Thursday August 2nd. We have great committee members who are working hard to make this year bigger and better than ever.
The Morgan Elementary fourth grade recently went on a field trip to the Utah State Capitol. When we arrived at the State Capitol Building, we were taken right to the gold room where we met Utah’s first lady.
Morgan High School’s varsity baseball team kicked off its 2012 season against the Roy Royals on March 6th. The Trojans donned an all-senior outfield (Landon Carter-LF, Colby Skinner-CF and Josh Duncan-RFf), mostly-junior infield (Braden Brown-1B, Cameron Jarrett-2B, Lantzen Toomer-SS and Cameron Skinner-3B) and battery comprised of senior hurler, Braden Daniel and sophomore catcher, Kade Carrigan). Tanner Hale (junior) was slotted as the DH.
This section is for all us seniors in high school. It’s almost here guys, GRADUATION! It’s so crazy to think that we are close to the beginning of our lives. But I was thinking about something the other day, how many of us wanted to grow up really fast? I’ll admit, I was one of those five year olds who wanted to turn eighteen so I can make my own rules, my own money, and call my own shots.