In January 1862 An act of the Utah Territorial Legislative Assembly established/defined the boundary of Morgan County. Morgan County was blessed with an abundance of natural resources. The acreage also became an essential piece of real estate for services making their route to the west coast. These included the telegraph, railroad and future utilities that would eventually traverse Weber Canyon.
To help promote child safety, MetLife of Morgan, in partnership with MetLife Auto & Home® and the National Association of Insurance Women, International (NAIW), are offering parents a unique child seat safety sticker, called TIKE, or “Toddler Information Kept for Emergencies.”
The students at Mountain Green Elementary presented a wonderful Christmas program this year before the Christmas break. Each grade performed several Christmas songs that were entertaining and enjoyable to listen to. There was a huge show of support by parents and community members who came to hear the students sing and share the Christmas spirit. Pictured are the Kindergarten students performing their songs.
A clear glass lies atop the counter. A young child fills the glass to the half-point mark with water. Is the glass half full or is it half empty? The answer could very well depend on the respondent’s attitude.
There are many online blogs relating to family history, but one of the best is Eastman’s Online Genealogical Newsletter (EOGN) which is located at blog.eogn.com . Dick Eastman, who writes the blog, has long been one of the best voices in what is happening in the family history world. He attends all of the major conferences, and covers news from all of the major genealogical players. He also writes about technology. His practical approach to technology is a great addition to those who follow the newsletter and have an interest in learning how to use technology in their lives and to pursue family history.
In a close, four to three, vote Tina Kelley was re-elected as Morgan County council chair. The discussion to select a new chair opened with Member Ned Mecham nominating Don Mathews for the position. Member Kilmer seconded it. Member Nelson raised concerns about Member Mathews travel schedule. Mathews has attended meetings by phone several times over the past year as his work has required travel. Member Mathews indicated that his schedule is changing and he would be present at all but one meeting in the next year. Nelson also expressed concern about whether Mathews had time to serve the hours necessary to fulfill the duties of council chair. Member Nelson nominated Council Chair Tina Kelley for a second term. The council then voted and Kelley was re-elected to serve a second term by the narrow margin. Member Mathews was voted in as Vice Chair of the Council unanimously.
Producers in Utah have been concerned about the lack of snowfall during the month of December. It was one of the driest Decembers on record. Northern Utah producers were also faced with strong winds the first part of the month which caused damage to various buildings and property.
The summer of 1952 Mary Ellen was dating a local boy who was excited to have his older cousin come visit. The two 20 year olds came up with plans for Harold who was 24 and on leave from the United States Air force. They wanted to go on a couple of double dates, but the only available girl was only 16 so they decided to have Mary Ellen go out with Harold and the other two would go out together. The foursome went to a dance at Lagoon, and two weeks to the day later Mary Ellen and Harold were married! The rest was history…
Morgan City under Mayor Egbert’s leadership have set more positive goals in Morgan for 2012. With a new year underway, Mayor Egbert and the city council is not one minute short of setting a standard of excellence and hope for progress in Morgan.
The Community Development Corporation of Utah are offering a Home Repair Assistance program from the Utah Division of Housing & Community Development. This program is available to people who live in the Morgan County and has a yearly household income at or below 80% from the federal income guidelines.
We have all admired the adored Christmas Villages with the collected houses and shops arranged in streets with lamp posts and trees. I had been assigned to write about a Train Village. No one could prepare me for the village I was about to see.
TUESDAY MORNING LADIES Our Tuesday Morning Housewives league standings for this week are in 1st place is 60s Chics and team members are Janet Bell, Cheryl Skidmore, Janice Nielsen, and Melva Minster. In 2nd place is Gutter Minds and team members are Stacey Buchanan, Judy Carter, Candice Johnson, and Carole Townsend. In 3rd place is That;s How We Roll, and team members are Jessica Jorgensen, Gloria Smith, and Veronica Stout. Our high games and series for this week go to Melva Minster 151, Jessica Jorgensen 165, Veronica Stout 181 and a 465 series, Linda Compton 168, Stacey Buchanan 168 and a 480 series, Candice Johnson 177 and a 453 series, Carole Townsend 151, Cleo Stuart 186 and a 457 series, Camille Nichols 169, and Wendy Winn had a 164. Great bowling Ladies.
The PTSO of Morgan High School would like to say Thank You to everyone in the community for supporting their recycling program this year. This funded the High School close to $2,000, which was used to help with High School programs and supplies.
The students at Mountain Green Elementary School had the pleasure the past month of participating in a local food drive to help those less fortunate in our community. The students were given the opportunity to bring donated food and baby items to the school where the donations were combined and delivered to the Morgan Food Bank. There was an enormous amount of support for this project and thanks to the wonderful people who donated, 570 pounds of food and other items were delivered to the food bank. Thank you to all who helped support this wonderful cause. Pictured are the students in Mrs. Tolley’s 2nd grade class.
The holiday season is upon us and in addition to regular academic and extracurricular activities, Morgan High School is decking the halls, caroling, and gathering food and gifts to support families in need. Students and staff members are as busy as Santa’s elves making preparations for drama productions, choir and band concerts, and various athletic and club competitions.
The other day I overheard some grumbling Grinches say how glad they were that Christmas only came once a year. I think their cold hearts were standing to close to the warm Christmas Spirit from passing shoppers. I listened at length to so many others who were hustling and bustling that day. One spoke of how they weren’t sure if they’d ever get the house clean enough for visiting family members, or how long it was going to take to make all the goodies. It sounded like they were hoping it would all be over soon so they could go back to relaxing. As if being afraid to say Merry Christmas, or substituting X-mas for Christmas, wasn’t bad enough. Are we going to start spelling Christmas, C-h-a-o-s?
As the clock ticks towards the release of the 1940 census, FamilySearch released new information on how they plan to produce a free version of the census, both index and images. They said the following:
It was a one day event at Barber Brothers in Morgan, but what a difference a day makes. Beautiful blue skies for the discounted helicopter ride with Santa and though it was cold to bring in the car for an free oil change, the only thing ask of you to donate some food or a toy. This event was held last Saturday, December 17th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
I wanted to share some stories and memories from Charley Pentz.
He told me about time he was hauling hay, his elevator was up Lost Creek, and all his boys were busy with sheep and other stuff, his sister Jewell’s young boys helped him. He said he got up on the truck load of hay and pitched it all off onto his haystack for them, with a pitch fork.
Families and community members in Morgan County will have an opportunity to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States of America in a unique way in 2012. Morgan City is sponsoring twelve “Forgotten American Family Night Stories” – one story per month during 2012 – that will be printed on the back of an 8 ½” x 11” patriotic picture representing the story theme of the month.
Wanda and Jim Judy moved to Morgan Dec 1, 1977 and, one year later to the day, moved into their current home. Wanda and Jim have five children: Tiffany Hogge, Brant Judy, Keri Lyn Barr, Joelle Taylor, and Jessica Terry. And they currently have thirteen grandchildren.
Over the past few weeks, Morgan Middle School students have been participating in their annual food drive to benefit the Morgan Food Pantry. In an effort to drive participation, the school created some healthy competition between individuals, classes, and grades. The 2010 food drive brought in approximately 3,800 food items, and proved to be very successful. This year the students set a goal to beat that number by targeting at least 4,000 food items for collection. As the students sought donations from family, friends, and neighbors, they truly caught the spirit of helping local families who could benefit from the generosity of their community. This extra help is especially appreciated during the holidays.
The students at Mountain Green Elementary School were privileged this week to watch a performance put on by the choirs from Morgan High School. Students from the Millennial choir and the Ovation choir entertained the students with lively, seasonal Christmas selections. The performing students did an exceptional job and the Mountain Green Elementary students enjoyed listening to the students share their wonderful singing talents. Pictured is the Morgan High School Millennial Choir directed by Mr. Michael Mills.
For the past several months the Morgan County Board of Education has been focused on creating a new facility use policy for district buildings and grounds. In the process the Board looked at a number of similar policies throughout the state as a basis for their plan.
Morgan Elementary School seems to have its own fairy godmother granting it amazing new staff members. The new fifth grade teacher, Aimee Perry, seems to be a wish come true to her students and fellow staff members. The mutual love is easily seen between the students and their teacher.
I love this time of the year. ‘Tis the season for sweets and treats! It’s when our inner bakers become master chefs! I was blessed recently by a benevolent baker who sent me some angel cookies. The celestially shaped sugary sweets were delicious! Oddly enough, there was one that had an unfortunate pastry malfunction. One of its wings had somehow broken off during it’s divine delivery. However, it was still edible and incredible.
TUESDAY MORNING HOUSEWIVES We had some great bowling this week. Our high scores and series for this week go to Jessica Jorgensen 177 and a 470 series, Gloria Smith 198 and a 466 series, Janet Bell 164, Janice Neilsen 244 and a 603 series, Melva Minster 191 and a 506 series, Nichole Slate 176 and a 468 series, Wendy Winn 162, and Misty Spendlove 159 and a 453 series. Our standings for this week are in 1st place is 60s Chics and team members are Janet Bell, Cheryl Skidmore, Janice Neilsen, and Melva Minster. In 2nd place is Gutter Minds and team members are Stacey Buchanan, Judy carter, Candice Johnson, and Carole Townsend. In 3rd place is Thats How We Roll and team members are Jessica Jorgensen, Gloria Smith, and Veronica Stout. Great bowling ladies!
What does it mean to be honest? It means to be truthful in all you do and say, and to be be truthful with others, including yourself. Even when you tell the truth in admitting you did something wrong, it solves the problem much better.
A few weeks ago FamilySearch released the following announcement:
FamilySearch International announced today a change in its chief executive officer. Effective January 2, 2012, Dennis C. Brimhall will succeed Jay L. Verkler as CEO of FamilySearch. Mr. Verkler will continue in a consulting capacity for a few months to ensure a smooth transition.
Thursday Paul Simmons, Lead lineman for Morgan City Power received a call from Kaysville Power Department asking for assistance. Morgan City Power Department responded immediately by sending Matt Stuart and Kent Kummer.
Jim and Ellie Seely got a late start in the marriage department. Both are native Utahans: Jim was born in Brigham City and Ellie was born in Salt Lake. They met while attending the singles ward in Ogden and knew each other fifteen years before they were engaged and then married. That was 26 years ago.
Though it has only been open since May, Bingham’s Custom Meats has earned quite the following. This can be attributed to the passion, owner Nathan Bingham has for quality meat. While looking for a job after his mission, Nathan found one in a local grocery store. There he started in the meat department as a wrapper. After a while he moved on up and learned to cut.
The children of Kevin and Nancy Ovard are happy to announce the 40th wedding anniversary of their parents. They were married December 16, 1971 in The Salt Lake Temple. They have lived most of their married life here in Morgan.