AUTHOR COMMENTS: Hopefully, Sirocco will help readers understand that, unlike the hardcore, uncompromising extremists whose weapon of choice, is terror, the majority of people indigenous to a culture like that of Algeria are hard-working, peaceful, humble beings who only wish to feed their families and practice their faith without coercion and in harmony with each other and the world at large. Also at, info coffeetownpress. This work cuts pretty close to the bone.
I could only work in brief stints, thus the brevity — and the density. For anyone interested in family dynamics, maybe this book will offer a glimpse into its complexities. And surprising revelations about self, as well as the afflicted. How to describe the feeling exactly? One feels in familiar territory: a parent will dim and eventually die. A child will grieve. Why then does reading Father Flashes feel so surprising—at once so natural and so frightening? Its language is precise and startling, and its insights feel remarkably genuine and deeply human.
That alone is an exciting achievement for any piece of writing, however conventional or experimental its mode of expression may be. I was an unnaturally shy kid, and it was my only outlet to try to connect, though I kept my occupation hidden until I was nearly out of college. The most gratifying reading and writing experiences for me are those where structure perfectly matches the story told. My first novel, Boondocking, comprised three different voices, and it came out nearly 20 years ago.
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My second, Hollywood and Hardwood , was a a series of interconencted stories published in Looming larger, Mother has eaten her way beyond Father, who is shrinking to join the metal men poised in accomplishment on his golf trophies. They try to justify why they no longer sleep together. Dream after dream he rolls into her. She scowls at how he makes himself lighter with every trip to the toilet. My brother and I, home for a visit, do not understand the new arrangement—them in our old beds.
Just by our presence, we force them to turn back that old landscape of nubby chenille and bleached white sheets covering a mattress eight hours older than their marriage. Their feet must bump the sky-blue dust ruffle as they sigh into bed. My brother settles upstairs, directly above me on the double bed in the room once mine.
Some nights she sews herself to sleep. My brother sleeps with his new wife as I pull down the wheat-colored blanket on a bed always his—the single in the smaller room for the second-born. What I hear in the next room my brother must hear, too—Mother and Father turning and turning, determined as animals circling a given spot before settling finally against the ground. My father wakes at two a. Still, the worn row of other same houses would go on. She never tells him his dreams have spilled out of control across the stain-resistant carpeting, the no-wax floors.
She tells him never get into a car with a stranger. That laugh track scrambles up back steps and presses against the window nearest my father. My brother, who, like me, now lives elsewhere, calls for quiet, his curses soft as rumors of a mid-summer storm. Was he dreaming of children—scattered seeds in January? His eyes, as mine, must be wide with the dark. You can stay here. Back and forth the words flow from the stutterer trying to hold onto sounds long enough, not to be understood, but to force them to accumulate enough meaning that he understands himself. Then, adjusting each image to the tempo of heartbeat, he pulls detail after detail from his imagined past to hold him here:.
My mother called and called me, so I ran up the hill to our house. I reached into all my pockets for the keys when this little cat brushed by me and pushed the door right open. There were cats everywhere. She repeats the work she has given her life to: helplessness, need, mispronunciation guided into meaning. Farther and farther back she goes—every morning laying out his clothes that smell of sunshine and wind, bending his arms toward the armholes, moving his fingers to buttons, then buttonholes, with a warm wet rag wiping at his face, the back of his neck, the undersides of his feet.
Eventually, she knows, he will need diapers. There is little difference between joy and fear when a woman is in awe of what is expected of her. His collar turned up, his hair wild as the forest undergrowth near the farm of his youth, he looked pushed through a narrow tunnel and into a still, inland sea of light. My brother, mother, and I were discussing divorces and operations and the end of daylight savings time.
Often he interrupted this way and we thought nothing of it at the time. Automatically, we were together. Now she is with him, one arm on his shoulder to guide him toward the small orbit we have made of ourselves. She touches the faces of the photograph. Often the last photographs he took in order not to waste a single frame, were afterthoughts that, over time, have ripened with more meaning than those taken with purpose.
The border collie the day before she was hit by a moving van; his mother a week before a mini stroke distorted her smile; once smuggled as a baby from Canada, that tall backyard spruce before smitten by a freak hurricane, or the family before disease expressed its strength; before asides became the conversation. The doctor turns to me. She opens her arms for emphasis, one hand pointing in the direction of the doctor, the other toward me. Does he explain why he left them? How does he answer their constant questions about his return? Which of his experiences does he relate, and which does he pass over?
Should he describe his feelings of separation and loneliness? One hundred of them were preserved and passed down in his family. Filled with poignant images of his daily activities, his fears and exhilarations in military conflict, and his thoughts and emotions as the Civil War kept him apart from his family, these letters offer a fascinating insight into the personal experiences of a common soldier in the American Civil War. Upon retiring from teaching, I used some of the experiences from reading the letters to my classes as an inspiration of my first book, The Uncivil War: Battle in the Classroom.
His letters offer a wealth of personal information, not only about the Civil War as it was experienced by the common soldier, but also about what life was like during that period in a northern prairie setting as he responds to the issues his family must face without him. Griffin was a patriotic and loyal soldier, as his highly literate letters reflect.
Durham, Civil War News. He is attentive to the simplest details of daily life in the regiment — to the sounds and smells of camp; to the snuffling of the horses, the rough music of bands, the scent of damp firewood when the men break camp. He brings it all to life. But the strongest impression we have of this man is his love for his family. In the early letters, he declares it reassuringly. As the months go on and the battles go badly, we sense a deep need and longing for the safety and warmth his family provides for him. Either way, his concern for them never waivers.
Knowing that he died at Chickamauga, I wanted to keep him alive and well. Adams is a retired elementary school teacher and an avid Civil War Re-enactor and historical speaker who lives in Washington State. His first book, The Uncivil War: Battle in the Classroom, was inspired from his use of these letters in the curriculum of his fourth grade classroom. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his third book, which tells the story of the family Griffin left behind on the Minnesota prairie, as revealed in the letters he wrote home. Danielle A. Adams gives us poignant and sharply detailed letters from a Civil War soldier to his family back in Minnesota.
Fire that reflects the convictions, spirit, and pride of the men and women who struggled to keep the land their ancestors won through sacrifices and hard work. Buck Cooper is a big, fat nobody at his statistician job in Dallas. Now, it could be his greatest asset—because this zero is about to become a sumo hero. Go along with Buck as he gets sucked into Japanese culture as a foreigner, peek inside the secret world of sumo wrestling that can be more dangerous than expected, and cheer as he reaches inside himself for the strength he needs to overcome, literally, huge enemies.
It is amazing! A few years later I started writing romantic comedy, and the idea came up over lunch with my husband to write about Japan. And to write about sumo. Women do not sumo. It was a huge leap to think I could ever get into the mindset of someone doing sumo. His story had to be told. Research was a bear. Since that time, there has been more added, but at the time it was tough! I combed blogs, read news articles, read the Japan Times, dug up a chart on all the various sumo moves, brushed up on my Japanese which I could speak fine but not read well , and basically immersed myself in the sumo culture for months.
It was fascinating! I might not have caught every nuance of the sport and its politics, but I hope I conveyed a Sumo primer for those who want to know more. I started writing BIJ in the summer of , the third week of July, and it debuted in print in the third week of July at its launch party at a sweet bookstore called Weller Books in Salt Lake City. Oh, and keeping his love interest sweet all along. Something of possible interest to readers is that this book has been optioned for film.
The producer fell in love with the story and the characters and is working toward production, according to our conversation earlier this month. There could be a sumo wrestling romantic comedy coming to a theater near you! First off, it came from the idea of a person who is insignificant in his own world or hometown or country, but is a big deal somewhere else. I remember when David Hasselhoff was waning in popularity in the United States, but he had a huge following in Germany. Same with Lionel Ritchie being the big star in the Arab world.
Go, Buck! The doors and windows were all intact and there was no evidence that the store had been broken into. This led investigators to surmise that the arsonist was someone who had a key to get into the building. On April 7th, Ernest T. He spent the night in the county jail and pleaded not guilty the next morning when he was charged. At the time of his arrest, he was twenty-two. Bate was playing the piano at the dance, but at P. They entered and left the store together and Bate locked the door as they came out.
One interesting matter uncovered in the hearing revolved around the actions of Benjamin F. Grant, a special agent for the Home Fire Insurance Company. On the night Bate was jailed, Grant was let into his cell with the intentions of trying to wring a confession from Bate. Pretending that he was also under arrest, Grant was let into the cell by the sheriff, jailer, and two officers who were accomplices in the scheme. When Bate took the stand in the hearing, he testified that Grant tried to get him to finger William Langton and Thomas Nott as accomplices in the fire.
Grant on the night of. The home was not insured. He had a financial interest in the store, the dance pavilion, and a nearby ice house, all of which were imperiled by the fire. W hen the cry of fire was raised, he rushed out of the dance hall into the street and over to the burning store. He opened the store door and removed a post office cabinet. He then returned and carried out a show case from the store. Rushing around to the east side of the leanto, he kicked in the door and rolled out the coal oil tank that was in such a heated condition.
The tank was so hot that his fingers were burned. He then climbed into the hole in the store ceiling and extinguished the blaze there. On June 26th, the jury trial began. It lasted eleven days and Bate maintained his innocence and stuck to his story. The jury. Nevertheless, a day before being cleared of the arson charge, Bate was removed as postmaster. Catherine Thorne was appointed in his stead.
After the trial, Bate moved away from Riverton. Arrington and Larkin study summarized in Edward A. Embry and Howard A. Christy Provo: Brigham Young University, p. In , there were members in the ward and 91 families. Although the Mormon community was predominant in Riverton, the non-Mormon population was sizeable.
A comparison of Riverton Ward and Salt Lake County Bureau of Statistics population tallies for shows that there were Mormons amidst a total Riverton population of Roughly one-third of the people in Riverton in were not members of the Mormon Church. As a point of reference, the total population of some of the nearby communities in was, as follows: Bluffdale , Fort Herriman. The building site location was on the west side of present W est at approximately South.
The Carl Madsen family has in their possession one of the original blueprints front elevation of the Kletting-designed Riverton church. It was 85 feet high from the foundation, with a large auditorium and gallery which were planned to accommodate nearly people. Classrooms were located downstairs. The entry stairs were awkward and the building proved hard and expensive to heat so a decision was reached to raze the beautiful building in As of this date 1 9 9 2 , Bob Webster had the organ and Doug Brown possessed two of the large stained glass windows.
The Riverton Historical Society has many photographic views of the old church, including a color postcard ca. Ren Howard remarked that people in Riverton accepted the practice of polygamy. W hat was the legal status of polygamists after the Manifesto? In , Mormon Church leaders petitioned the U. T o marry polygamously or to cohabit with more than one woman continued to be a state crime, despite efforts by the U tah State Legislature in to repeal the territorial cohabitation law which had been inadvertently codified into state statute.
A statistical study of 19th-century polygamous bishops indicated the following: 2 wives Statistics in D. One man, Jesse M. He was living in Layton at the time of his post-Manifesto plural marriage. The Morrill A ct was the initial, but unsuccessful, attempt to stem the practice of polygamy. In , the Edmunds Law declared polygamy a felony carrying a maximum sentence of five years and a five hundred dollar fine.
It also gave the prosecutor the option of issuing a misdemeanor charge of cohabitation with a maximum six-month jail sentence and a three hundred dollar fine. However, cohabitation was only narrowly defined. Cohabitation was finally defined in the Angus M. Cannon court case, recounted in this chapter. O n February 1, , Mormon Church President John Taylor urged polygamists not to fight, but to run and hide from arrest. Vernal A. W hen he learned that they were being poorly cared for, he returned to U tah to gather them with the rest of his family in the San Luis Valley.
Locale of the boarding house in Sandy was learned from a conversation Mel Bashore had with Minnie Heath, a granddaughter of Tim othy Gilbert, September 10, Marjorie Brown, telephone conversation with Mel Bashore, March 11, Alexander Bills, who later lived and ran a store in Riverton, was one of the casualties of the South Jordan raid.
Church members were counseled to be guarded in their conversation with strangers in order to shield local polygamists from possible arrest. The circumstances of the times were such that church leaders eventually became concerned that these deceptive tactics would have an adverse effect on the younger generation. George Q. Mary A. Edith Naomia Bills died on June 25, A daughter of Charles Mormon Nokes said that it was her impression that her father had simply submitted himself to the authorities for arrest. They include the grand jury report, indictment, and arrest warrant.
According to family tradition, a framed. Crump, conversation with Mel Bashore, July 12, Abraham Alonzo Kimball, Diary, pp. For additional information about the prison experience, see Melvin L. He had no axe to grind and no fault to find at all. Original in possession of Gary E. Stay; copy on file in Riverton Historical Society. This was rarely achieved. Rather there was a wide variation of makeshift and experimental forms and styles adapted according to individual circumstances. Robert Turner, interviewed by Mel Bashore, May 30, Thomas Phillips Page, Autobiographical Sketch, p. Bowlden, John Hansen Jr.
Webb, Niels J. Christensen, Edwin A. A newspaper clipping given by Robert W. It indicates that Charles E. Miller homesteaded the ground in and later sold it to bishop Robert Dansie, Sr. He in turn sold the property to Densley. This article says that William L. Parry, not the Peterson Bros. Searching through various volumes of the Utah State Gazetteer and Business Directory was not helpful in determining when Mortensen sold the building to the Riverton Ward. In the. By a million sheep and 3 5 0 ,0 0 0 cattle were in U tah; by the cattle population had stabilized, but the sheep count had increased four-fold.
The writer of this article visited various sheep herds in W eber Canyon.
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The expenses of keeping, shearing, and other facets of the operation were not great. Ernest Bate was appointed the postmaster on April 17, Ernest T. In , he and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Orgill Bate, were divorced. They remarried in They had six children bom during their first marriage and a son during their second marriage.
In , they were divorced for a second time. In the divorce complaint, Bate alleged that his wife was willfully cruel to him. Bate vs. Mary E. Soon after, he remarried Neom a , and he died in At the point when people considered abandoning their homes and farms, disaster was averted. Early in the summer , Deseret News readers were informed that a drought was threatening to burn up 30, acres of crops in the Salt Lake Valley.
He reported: The prospects are very discouraging for the farmers on the west side of the valley. It may be necessary to have to close down all the mills on the river to save the wheat crop. Angus M. Unless rain comes the loss will be incalculable. James H. The intent of this project was to make Utah Lake a big storage reservoir. They also approved the installation of an electric pumping apparatus in Utah Lake in order to pump water into the Jordan River when the lake was at a low level.
Indeed, the situation was serious. Crop failures had caused some people to sell their farms and move. Most of those who sold out moved to southern Idaho or Oregon. The townspeople held a meeting in late November to discuss the possibility of building a high school in the community. This was on a wagon drawn by two horses. The water was used for animals and house use. During the drought, the grasshoppers were destructive pests.
In order to try to preserve their field crops, he and his family would rise early in the morning to try to kill the pesky pests. Nothing left but steams [stems]. A local reporter describing the conditions in Riverton noted: This little burg, which at one time had the name of being the most prosperous farming district in Salt Lake county, and in. A large exodus has taken place. Christiansen had left his home and moved to LaGrande, Oregon. Vandals had destroyed all the windows in his home and the windows in the unprotected homes of others who had also moved away.
The vandalism problem became quite severe as many citizens balked at bringing the actions of these delinquents to public notice, fearful that they would be the object of reprisals. It was noted: [A young Riverton man had] shot a horse and also a cow, merely for his amusement as he wanted a target. Expectations were that it would be operational before July 1st. Nevertheless, as many feared, the installation of the pumps was stalled after the crops had been planted. By mid-June, the situation was fearfully grim. The local news correspondent observed: Our hearts are also sore to see our wheat and oats dying out by scorching in the sun, and to see our old men discouraged, our middle aged men trying to sell out and our young men and boys having to herd sheep.
The orders for the pumps and the electrical machinery to operate them were countermanded and the project engineer was discharged. A t the last moment, when the contracts were ready for signing, Peter Larsen, the president of the Utah and Salt Lake Canal Company, refused to sign the contract or to be responsible for paying for any part of the pumping plant. This dreadful change in affairs prompted a mass meeting of the stockholders, held at the schoolhouse on June 12th.
On June 14th, a meeting of the canal directors deposed Larsen from his position as president and appointed Samuel S. Sedden in his stead. The signed contract called for two of the pumps to be in working order by July 24th. The principal topic at the Jordan Stake quarterly conference on August 2nd was the water situation. Meeting attendees accepted a resolution favoring the government offer and plan. In the course of the next few days, the other two massive pumps were also scheduled to be installed.
Day and night shifts had been employed to expedite the work. If everything tested properly, all that remained was to complete the large dam. After three long years of drought, the canals carried the irrigation water to the parched farm land. On October 20th, the townspeople held a banquet and ball to commemorate the delivery of the water to the irrigation. The banquet for invited guests was held in George F. Morgan was one of the local people who looked into moving away. After the water was available in the canal, he went to Oregon to look for property.
He left his eight-yearold son, Vem, in charge of watering his crop of potatoes. The young boy took his water turn, staying up all night, watering three or four rows at a time. Ed Morgan returned from Oregon, having decided to continue farming in Riverton. Agricultural Prosperity Marked agricultural prosperity prevailed annually in Riven ton for the next three decades. Although the pumps were in place, users continued to strive for water-related improvements.
In , the leading citizens of Riverton, South Jordan, and Bluffdale banded together in an inter-community cooperative effort to build up the southwestern portion of the county. Irrigation problems were some of the principal matters on the agenda in the initial meetings of the Oquirrh Commercial Club.
They sent a petition to the legislature with several resolutions requesting state supervision of watersheds without regard to county lines. As a group, it favored the Utah Lake project being proposed by the federal government. This county well at the cross roads was beneficial to many. A windmill drew the water from the ground up into a raised wooden tank.
The water for the animals was let down into a foot long water trough. In , the associated canal companies made some improvements to their pumping plant at the head of the Jordan River. They installed the largest irrigation pump in the world in order to pump more water from Utah Lake into the Jordan River to supply the canals in Salt Lake County. It weighed twenty-seven tons and had a pumping capacity of Two proposals were on the table for consideration. The other offer, promoted principally by Joseph R.
Murdock and J. The pumping plant, near Saratoga Springs on the north shore of Utah Lake, was housed in a brick building. From here the water was carried by gravity through winding canals and four thousand feet of concrete-lined tunnels in the Jordan Narrows to emerge into the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. Murdock and the financial assistance of Jesse Knight, twelve thousand additional acres of land on the west side of Salt Lake County was made irrigable.
They shared their water with neighbors and people from South Jordan, Bluffdale, and Herriman. There was much interest in developing the water pipe line to bring culinary water into the homes. At the time of its organization, the officers of the pipe line company included George W. Bills as president, A. Page, and William A. Turner, Jr.
In fact, the culinary pipe line system was a major factor in boosting the population of the town. W ith the insurance money she got after her husband died, Dora Butterfield built a house in for her family. It was built without indoor plumb' ing. W hen we finally got the pipe line water, we had to carry it in.
The ditch water was laden with dirt so they had to let the water settle before it could be used. The pipe line water was clear, but it still required a lot of work to pack it into the house. The difficulties in packing and heat' ing water made bathing usually just a once-a-week affair.
Joe de' scribed the bath night process in the Butterfield house: We had no bathroom, no running water in the house. We had no bathroom fixtures at all. You had to heat your water on the stove with a copper boiler. It was oblong—about two and a half feet long and eighteen inches high. I was getting to be a big boy. That was our bath. Some fruit was raised but it was an off year for apples. In , air pollution caused by smelter smoke began affecting agricultural yields in the Salt Lake Valley.
Five smelters in the valley spewed out sulphur-laden smoke that was injurious to farm crops and livestock. A number of suits were brought against the smelter operators by valley farmers. Forced to reassess their operations, the smelters either complied with strict operational guidelines or relocated their operations to the western part of the county. However, smoke continued to be a problem for agriculture in Salt Lake Valley. David Bills peddled his meat in Bingham. Ren Howard, his son-in-law, helped Bills haul meat. He recalled:. Bingham was the salvation of this whole valley.
Hell, they had terraces, roads all the way up to the top of that mountain. She knew what she wanted. Strong grows the belief that Mormons were created for Gentiles, and that Gentiles were created for Mormons. Mormons till the soil and raise produce for Gentiles, and Gentiles blast rock and dig silver for Mormons. Butterfield barns. In particular, the Butterfield brick bam sported hardwood floors, a stained glass window, and a parapet at each comer. After their luncheon, they toured an exhibit of local products including garden truck, fruit, vegetables, sheep, hogs, horses, and cattle.
Local attendance boosted the crowd to almost nine hundred people. Before leaving, Thomas R Page invited all the visitors to visit his orchard and load up on apples before leaving Riverton. Another boost to the local agricultural economy came in when the Riverton Canning Company was organized. They purchased a tract of land from James W. Dansie on which they built a large brick canning factory on the north side of the Herriman Road South at approximately West. The factory was conveniently located just to the west of the railroad station for shipping and receiving.
The officers of the company at the time of incorporation were David Bills as president, William A. Turner as vice-president, Franklin E. Smith as secretary, and Seth Pixton as treasurer. In , George W. Bills planted 1, winter apples and George F. Beckstead put in 3, Bartlett pears. Jensen, Thomas Nichols, Thomas P. Page, and Charles M. Association in an effort to improve marketing conditions in Salt Lake City. This association assisted them in disposing of their products under fair conditions of competition. Source: Langford Lloyd.
In , local farmers became interested in the possibilities of dry farming. In January, a large crowd attended a lecture by Lewis A. Merrill, editor of the Deseret Farmer and manager of a large dry farm near Nephi. He spoke of the successful arid farm experiments being conducted in Cache and Juab counties and outlined cooperative methods by which dry lands could be made productive economically.
At the time, it was the only steam harvester in Salt Lake County. A majority of the local farmers raised sugar beets, beginning to grow them in the s. They transported their beets to the Utah Sugar Company factory at Lehi. Among sugar beet farmers in Salt Lake County, there was an interest in locating a sugar factory in the county. Local farmers guaranteed to plant 5, acres in beets and in May land was purchased in West Jordan on which to build a factory.
Their offer was conditional on getting farmers to contract for 5, acres of beets. For various reasons, most of the wool growers got out of that business in Previously, many of the largest operators in the state resided in Riverton. These included the establishment of forest reserves, regulations against the entry of sheep into Idaho and Wyoming, range leases, and heavy losses in the spring lamb crop.
Commercial Progress There were early civic and business associations in Riverton such as the Oquirrh Commercial Club and the Jordan Valley Canal Club, but their memberships and interests took in a wider range than just Riverton. Howard and Henry Brown were directors. Hamilton dated December 20, Butcher Shop, plenty of Stores and Very little cash in Riverton at present. Having the interests of the community at heart, they put in two miles of graveled sidewalks using the volunteer labor of fifty men and thirty teams.
Howard was reported as being the president of the Commercial Club. In addition to reporting business changes in the community, the Salt Lake newspapers also served as a means of attracting new businesses.
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A short-lived newspaper, the Salt Lake Valley Examiner, was reportedly published in Riverton during this period. As far as is known, no copies of this newspaper have been preserved and very little is known about it. Alfred T. Faerber was the editor and manager of this weekly newspaper. It was reportedly published every Friday beginning in through about It was initially located in the bottom floor of the Commercial Building. A t the time of its organization, the elected officers included A. Seth Pixton was serving as cashier in The first break-in occurred in late November.
Unable to open the door, they tried to pry open a side window with a pick and spike maul. Unfortunately, crime and vandalism in the community was a recurring problem. After breaking into all the locked desks in search of money in the post office section of the building, the burglars tried to force the ad' joining store door. Two men who were sleeping in the store were awakened by the disturbance and frightened the burglars off with an exchange of gunfire. At a fast meeting in , the following resolution was presented to and unanimously accepted by the assembled congregation: Resolved that we as Parents Pledge Ourselves that our Children Shall Not be found upon the Streets after 9 P.
Howard was appointed deputy sheriff. Civic Improvement Technological advances made life in Riverton less isolated. Telephone service was made available as early as with the first telephone being installed in T. In , local people could place phone calls from the store to other phone installations in cities served by the company.
A billing record for November is preserved in T. Citizens throughout the county were incensed. They were so infuriated that they even broached the question of forming an independent telephone company. Money was reportedly being offered to capitalize an independent telephone. She recalled: The power had not come to Riverton when they first built the house, but my Father had it all wired.
I was down in the basement. It kind of frightened me to look up and see a light in the ceiling. My Dad had it all wired. When the power was turned on, the light came on. I was the first one to see the light. I was quite proud of that. I wondered how we could get a light from that. The electric light was sure bright and we were told not to look directly at it for fear it would bum our eyes and we would become blind. The advent of electric lights in the town was a cause for celebration with a sumptuous banquet and joyful dance attended by people. The labor and expenses needed to maintain the roads and streets required constant attentiveness.
Representatives met with the Commercial Club in May to present their proposal. They were told that two or three north-south roads and a similar number of east-west roads in Riverton would probably be macadamized if the bond issue was accepted by the voters. School children used to skate in the frozen ruts.
Rulon Dansie used to ice skate to school. After they put the gravel there, well, that stopped that. Dansie submitted a claim to the county for a hundred dollars for injuries to his horse incurred while riding on Redwood Road. Hardy, Ed J. Butterfield, George W. We was all thrilled about it. It makes so much noise. It come in there just a roaring. Many of the early car-buyers bought Fords because they were affordable.
Let him come on through! Orem of Boston, a builder of a number of mining railroads in the West. Construction on the line began in late and the grading on the portion of the line through Riverton was reportedly almost completed in late October I would drive the team and he would run the fresno scraper. We worked there and it seems like it took us two months or more filling that wash. Then when they got the wash and the grade all leveled out, they started laying the tracks. They had a old steam engine come along with a couple of flat cars in front of it loaded with ties and rails.
Then a passenger car behind. A t that point, the gasoline motor cars were replaced by electricity-powered steel passenger and freight cars. The Riverton station was a regular stop, as were stops at West Jordan and Granger before arriving at the Salt Lake terminal. If a passenger desired to board the train at a point between the station stops, he had to stand to the side of the rail and swing his arm. Butterfield worked for many years as the agent at the station. She said:. The Orem ran many cars a day. We would catch the A.
You could also go in the afternoon and go to a show and catch the train and come home. The lower portion of the building has been used for the last month for meetings, Sunday schools, etc. A t the meeting, Bishop Gordon S. When this large auditorium is seated, being now ready for the seats, it will be equaled by few ward houses and excelled by none. A t one time, the construction of a balcony was contemplated, but work on it was never begun. The details of the plan set forth by Thomas P. The boys were even wild and unruly in a church setting.
For instance, in one young rowdy brought a horse inside the church. Church minutes are replete with the difficulties teachers had in maintaining order in Sunday School and priesthood meetings. For instance, in one unexceptional Aaronic Priesthood meeting in , Thomas M.
One month later, Thomas M. In , the subject of discipline was the sole item on the agenda of a Sunday School business meeting. Drinking was also a problem among the boys. Silcock remarked in his journal several times on this matter. Thair was Considerable wiskey thair. Whiskey drinking at a dance at the schoolhouse in caused a disturbance and a public reprimand from a disgusted Silcock. Of Geting Doun at the water Ditch and passing the Bottle along one to another and all such trickers to G et wiskey and then ask the Brethen to prove that thay ad been Drinking and they will heat up some thing to take the smell from thair breath and some times thay C an scarsely stand.
Apparently Church fellowship was a disciplinary measure used to keep drunken behavior in check. I thought it was best to Let them prove them Selves before restoreing them to feloship but thay whare restoared to feloship when thay made thair aknoladement. Lorenzo M. Howard, interview with Mel Bashore, M arch 9, In his cheerful earthy manner of speaking, Howard recalled the condition of the roads when herders drove their cows to the public well or to pasturage on the river bottoms. This is a follow-up letter to a petition requesting that a gasoline engine be installed on the county well. Apparently, the windmill was unable to pump enough water to meet the demand on the well.
Marie Densley Bills, interviews with Evelyn B. Dryer, November 24, , and with U tahna Frantz, August 13, Marie had a playhouse on the second floor of the pump house where she and her girl friends played with their dolls. Her mother had a wash house on the first floor. She always boiled her clothes.
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They had originally considered using a lock-joint steel pipe, but were swayed when they investigated the merits of wood pipe. The matter of digging trenches was discussed at the meetings on September 28 and October 15, They determined that the trenches were to be dug at a depth of 3 feet 4 inches by contracted labor.
Riverton City Newsletter, Fall See John E. Lam bom and Charles S. Pittm an, Jr. September 25, The IFA building incorporated the old cannery building with a modem front until remodeling at which time they razed the remnant of the cannery factory and warehouse buildings in August A n old brick from the factory, acquired at the time of its demolition, is in the possession of Mel Bashore.
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Journal History, May 25, , p. Ren Howard recalled that his father, Samuel H. Howard, was put out of the sheep business by a late season storm. A big snow storm came and wiped him out. He lost the whole thing. There was just a few that they saved but that put him out of business. David Bills, letter to Reuben S. Hamilton, December 20, , copy in Riverton Historical Society. Rulon Dansie, interview with Mel Bashore, February 6, U tah vs. Morris Butterfield said that he attended a court trial in about 1 9 2 2 -2 3 in which Faerber was found guilty of performing an abortion which resulted in the death of a young woman.
Morris Butterfield, interview with Mel Bashore, July 19, Hamilton, December 20, In , the Riverton Historical Society contracted with C. Ray Varley, an architectural historian, to perform an intensive level survey on the Second Renaissance Revival-style Jordan Valley Bank building located at South W est. In , Roland Page, who owned the building at that time, told the Salt Lake County tax assessor that was when the building was built. Hamilton about the bank being on the verge of completion in certainly gives pause to question why it took so long to finish. There are others who date the completion of the building to the early s.
One interesting source of information was George R. And this building became available. It had a big vault in it. That one on the north [in the Commercial Building] became available. It was just new and available. So I took it. W hen Varley was doing his research on the com er bank building, we had overlooked sharing this Gygi documentation and interview with him. This information from George R.
Gygi, which seems quite plausible and is based on a contemporary diary entry for dating, would place the completion of the Jordan Valley Bank building in September Thomas P. Page, Papers ca. For a general history of the development of electric power service in U tah, see John S. Phyllis Butterfield, interview with Elvoy Dansie, November 4, Joseph P. Butterfield, interview with Donald B. Petersen, September 1 1, 1 9 8 6. Rulon Dansie, interview, February 6, As to the hiring of boys, I took this matter up with Mr. Blanche Densley notes that Edwin J.
Butterfield owned one of the first automobiles in Riverton. She dates this first car to about Delbert Page was told by his mother that his father, Thomas. Independence Page, bought one of the first cars in Riverton— an Oakland. Delbert Page, phone conversation with Mel Bashore, January 2,19 Marie Densley Bills, interview with Evelyn B.
Dreyer, November 24, Howard, interview, March 9, As early as , an interurban railway was being contemplated for Salt Lake County. Butterfield, interview, September 11, Information obtained from George W. Hilton and John F. Swett, Interurbans of Utah pp. Mildred Densley, interview with Laurel Bills, August 31, As the story goes, Bishop Gordon S. In his dream, they donated the money necessary to finish the roof. Journal History, December 20, A number of local boys enlisted and embarked for Camp Lewis in Washington for training. Soon after arriving in the cantonment with his brother William Lewis Miller, he became sick and died.
Their eldest son, Samuel Elmer Howard, contracted influenza during the Argonne drive in France and died in a base hospital in October Howard was a lanky third baseman on the Riverton baseball team and he recalled in an interview that most of the ball team was drafted. They all went through basic training together. Howard said: We left here on the 10th of May, , and we set sail for France on July 4th. It took us twelve days to get over there and then we were on the Argonne Front.
We was up in Belgium when the Armistice was signed. He emotionally recalled the fatigue of being a soldier: War. When we went to the front [the] first time, we had full packs and your rifle and the damn gas mask attached on the front of you and two bandoliers of ammunititon. That last time that we fell out, and it was just daylight, we walked all night long.
I went in on the 23rd of May and I went to Tacoma, Washington. I was in the depot brigade. Ren was in the nd. We was in the same division, but in different regiments. One big, tall, slim guy, he looked at that and all of a sudden he toppled over. Mihiel, but they were in the thick of it on the front lines in the Argonne. In the squad that I was in, two of us were able to walk back on our own out of eight.
The rest were either wounded or killed. The air just stunk of smoke. He showed it to the sergeant who took him to the field dressing station on the firing lines. When the doctor saw the infected wound, he gave Turner an earful: He began to cuss me. I want to go to home all together.
He finished the war in the supply detail and was discharged and returned home in April On the homefront, women were particularly active in trying to do their part in the war effort. Anna Wiberg reminded her Relief Society sisters about the importance of conserving food. They donated some of that money to the amusement fund for soldiers. In , the Primary teachers cut snibbing for pillows and hemmed wash rags and napkins for the soldiers. Lucy Madsen, whose brother-in-law Jack had married her sister Norma, heard that the Armistice had been signed.
She had to. Now, Jack can come home. Oh, he can come home! Influenza Epidemic More than ten times as many people died in the influenza epidemic of and in the United States than died on the battlefield in World War I. More than twenty-one million people died in the world from the flu. It was one of the three worst epidemics in world history. In Utah, the first cases of the flu were traced to Coalville. A soldier entered a barbershop there in late September for a haircut. The following day, every person in the barbershop came down with the flu.
It spread from there throughout Utah in epidemic proportions and at a lightening rate of speed. The first reported death from the flu occurred in Ogden on October 4th. In the month of October, there were 2, cases of the flu in Salt Lake City and people statewide died that month. It was a killer. Places where the public congregated were ordered closed at the peak of the disease.
These included schools, churches, and dance and pool halls. Teachers were asked to serve as nurses. Newcomers to the city were quarantined for four days. Windows were open on street cars. Burning autumn leaves was disallowed because it would irritate noses and throats. November election voting took place in outdoor tents. In mid-October , the state board of health reported that the disease was in ninty-five communities in Utah. Towns of Bingham and Murray have already inaugurated the compulsory use of the mask in public places.
We recommend that gause masks be worn by all employees of stores, banks, and other places of business throughout the County. We recommend that people visiting all places of business, stores, banks, etc. We recommend that persons riding upon street cars or upon stages or public vehicles of any kind operating in Salt Lake County be required to wear masks. Alonzo B. Isaacson, the principal of the Riverton School, died after a two-week bout of influenza in January Only twenty-eight years old, he had only been married for a few months. He attributes their good health to staying at home and being isolated from the public.
They made you wear a mask anyplace in Riverton; when you went to the store or anyplace. There was no church services held. At the cemetery, they held graveside services.
One thing that they thought added to this epidemic was the weather. In , in the fall of the year, it was cold. Oh man, it was cold! It was dirt and so was all these roads.. I can recall the horses and the teams going up and down the roads and the dust flying in December.
It was cold. They used to make a joke about it—I opened the door and in - flu - enza. She recalled: My brother brought it home to us. He had it twice. The masks they wore were just cheese cloth. We had Sunday School in our home. We would have the sacrament. I only remember going to one funeral. They had the funeral in their home. We were allowed to go to that. I must have had quite a fever. My oldest sister was married. There was nine and then there was Mother and Dad.
They were lucky enough to get one nurse to come out and take care of us. But she drank the whiskey! The whiskey that they were able to buy, she drank it. Maybe that kept her on her feet. We were lucky. My brother that brought it home, caught it the second time. We were all in bed in different rooms. My eyes burned. I had a headache. We just went to bed and stayed there.. It seems to me that we were in bed about two days. Mother was [in bed] longer than that. With such a deadly disease, people were extra cautious about their contact with others.
Joe Butterfield had a night-time newspaper route and weekly he collected the fifty-cent subscription fee. He recalled the gauze masks that were made by the women to prevent contagion: My mother got word that they was making masks. You had to wear that whereever you went in public. Butterfield, helped in the homes of people who were stricken by the influenza. She helped lay out the dead and prepared bodies for burial. He and his young family lived in Riverton. Dora went to their home and made arrangements for one of the bishopric to have a little funeral service in the home for Polly.
She was also seriously ill with the flu and grief stricken, so Dora took their five little children home with her. As these children had been in the midst of all this flu, she sequestered them in the front room of their new four-room home they had just built. Five little children were deprived of their parents. The eldest was an eight-year-old girl and the youngest child was eighteen months old. That little eight-. Wilford Myers caught it in early May , near the end of the epidemic.