Monday, October 18 the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, Morgan Chapter held its monthly meeting and luncheon. At the beginning of the school year a contest was initiated with Gwen Romero and her 8th grade English Class to write an essay on My Favorite Ancestor. Over 100 essays were submitted.
In the meeting three students were recognized as writing the best essays. Jaycee Cook daughter of Ryan and Jenni Cook of Morgan received the award for first place, Dietrich Streuber son of Greg and Heather Streuber of Morgan was awarded second place and Aspyn Madsen daughter of Dave and Nicole Madsen of Peterson was awarded third.
The students, their parents and their teacher were in attendance as the students were recognized for their work. Certificates and a monetary award were presented to these three and a certificate of participation was given to all others.
The Son’s of the Utah Pioneers expressed special thanks to all who participated in this contest. The judges commented that it was exciting to read the essays as they knew many of the youth and the ancestors about which the youth wrote.
After the meeting the Sons of the Utah Pioneers dedicated the monument placed at the Morgan City Park. Robert Poll who is the chapter president conducted the meeting with Richard Slate offering the dedicatory prayer. The monument identifies and honors the early pioneers that had a major influence in Morgan County. The first two pioneers recognized are Charles Shreeve Peterson and George Washington Taggart. Jerry Peterson and Jay Taggart, both great great grandsons of these families, each spoke about their ancestors.
The SUP plans to add two additional to the monument each year. Applications for future consideration are available from the members of the SUP as well as Robert Poll. The monument stands as a recognition to the sacrifices and contributions of the early pioneers who made significant contributions and laid the foundations of the Morgan County we all know and love today.