Pioneer Day is the perfect time to pull out family books of remembrance and journals. I did just that this past week. It pulled me in and reminded me of grandparents who have been gone for many years. Two hours later I had read many pages and reminisced about the time I spent with my grandmother before she died. What I did not expect to find, although I knew my grandparents were both born in Morgan, was a history of Enterprise. It was a surprising history to me. My grandmother, Martha Vera Mecham Ogden, recorded many of her memories and this was among her writings.
She said, “Two brothers, Henry and Stephen Hales, did the first farming here in the summer of 1861. In September of the same year Jesse Haven and Thomas Palmer located here. Roswell Stevens had previously made a claim and in 1862 they built a home here. Mr. Haven and Mr. Palmer build houses that same year. Soon after this, the John Croft family moved over from Peterson. Jesse Haven had been the first elder to carry the gospel message to South Africa in 1852. He acted as the presiding elder of the Enterprise ward for ten to twelve years. He was the third probate judge for Morgan County, having been elected to that office in 1869. John K. Hall was the first Bishop of Enterprise, having moved here in 1874. He drew the plans for the Morgan County Courthouse and did much of the work on that building, and also the stake meetinghouse. Henry Hales and Isaac Bowman were among the first school teachers in Enterprise. More families moved in. There were the William G. Ogden’s, the John Green’s, the Hibberts, the Smith’s, the Ovards, the Cards, and the Wardleys, etc. Most of these lands had large families. There were no rich among them. They lived mostly in log houses and most of them were real neighborly people. The center of attraction was their school house. It served as a school house, a ward chapel, and a ward amusement hall.
While the Ogden children were growing up there were around seventy children in the community. As these children grew up they married and most of them moved to other localities to live and rear their children. In 1900 the town had grown so small that the Enterprise ward was joined by the Peterson ward. Sweetheart and I lived here ten years after we were married. We moved away in the spring of 1918. In 1955 three new ramblers were built there. Will it ever become as lively a little town as it used to be?”
She also included this poem:
Near the banks of the cool Weber River,
Many tales of true love have been told.
May the ties that we’ve formed live forever,
Just recall that sweet story of old.
‘Mid the green mountains sheer lofty towers
With their blue proudly arched o’er their dome.
Here the rainbow blends with the flowers
O, this is the place we call home.
There’s a gate at the end of the valley
In the gorge by the scenic horseshoe
On the hills grow the sweet sego lily
Here’s room and a welcome for you.
Jesse C. Little Jr.
Over the next few weeks I will include some of the pictures and other memories from Morgan. I hope it reminds us all that what we truly leave behind for our descendants is the memories and experiences we have had. This legacy is what truly matters.