r more than 170 years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been involved in doing family history work. In 1894 the Church organized the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) to help individuals discover their ancestors. The GSU at one time had members like any other society, but slowly changed into a non-profit organization without members which was sponsored by the Church to help individuals around the world find their ancestors. As the Internet arrived and the Church began offering services online, the GSU began using the website FamilySearch.org. This then slowly took hold until the organization was renamed last year to FamilySearch.
Stacy Lafitte is the clerk/auditor for Morgan County. Lafitte was born and raised in Morgan and with the exception of one year attending Utah State University, has lived here in the county. She grew up in a small family of her parents and one younger brother.
Each November, Morgan Elementary students start preparing to show off their storytelling skills as they compete for the opportunity to showcase their talents at the annual Weber State Storytelling Festival. All students from 1st grade to 5th grade are encouraged to learn or write a story. They then share their stories with their classmates in December. It is a tough decision to choose just two students from each class to move on to the grade-level competition because the children are all working to be great storytellers.
The Troyettes just competed in their last competition before Region this last Saturday at Murray High School, and for the 3rd time in a row, they won 1st overall and received the Sweepstakes Trophy. This was the perfect way to head into the week of Region.
Morgan welcomed Grantsville to town last Thursday in their first home dual of the season. The Trojans won 11 of the 13 matches and easily defeated the Cowboys 56-12. Individual winners were: Easton Pentz, Rylan Rowser, Kade Carrigan, Shawn Francis, Cormick Breshears, Nate Losee, Randon Prochnow, Brady Libby, Preston Barnett, and Jackson Lake. Morgan also won 3 out of 4 JV matches. Those JV winners were: Christian Winn, Carter Richins, and Riley Hendershot.
The Lady Trojans basketball team played a Region 11 game at Juan Diego on Tuesday Jan. 18th. Last year, on their last trip to Draper to play the Soaring Eagles, the Morgan squad saw their 19 game winning streak come to a screeching halt, as Juan Diego won 54-51. This year would be different, as the Trojans pretty much had it their way, and won by a score of 84-28.
1st Tuesday of each month the van will depart from the Morgan Senior Center at 1:30 to travel to Ogden for shopping. There is always time for a few snacks as well. Plan on joining the group and get items that may not be available here in Morgan. Reservations at (801) 845-4040.
Need help in preparing your 2010 Income Tax Return? Once again, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is available here in Morgan County free of charge for those who qualify. The program is designed to help low-to-moderate income households (generally $49,000 or less).
PHOENIX - - The Internal Revenue Service opened its 21st season of electronic filing today with a reminder to taxpayers that e-file remains the best way to get fast refunds and ensure accurate tax returns, particularly following several tax law changes in December.
An exciting offering of concerts and performances on Temple Square will take place during the months of January and February with a wide array of musical events. Concerts will be held in the Tabernacle, and the Assembly Hall, with BYU Winterfest performances in the Conference Center Theater. For convenience sake, specific performing groups and dates for BYU Winterfest are grouped together in this notice. Each event is open to ages eight and older, unless otherwise indicated.
A rousing pep rally was held Friday, January 16 at Morgan High School for the purpose of arousing the student’s interest for the game. The cheer leaders were dressed as cowboys for part of the yells and for the others they represented “Morgan’s Good Peas.” The rally stimulated the students as shown by their enthusiastic cheering at the game.
Last Friday evening about ten thirty, when en route from Salt Lake City by automobile, J.H. Roberts, manager for the Weber Coal Company of this city had a most harassing experience. At the mouth of Parley’s Canyon two men stepped in front of his car brandishing a revolver and flashlight. With the increasing number of holdups and robberies all over the country it was naturally Mr. Roberts first thought that it was a holdup and he stepped on the gas in an effort to get away. The holdups shot once as the car sped past and then jumped into their close awaiting automobile to give chase. Mr. Roberts soon discovered it was hopeless and dangerous to try and escape by running away from them on the slippery roads so he came to a halt near the Mountain Dell reservoir. Much was his surprise when the supposed bandits turned out to be merely deputy sheriffs who were on the lookout for four of the convicts who had that day escaped from the Salt Lake City Jail.
December 17, 2010 - Today, John Barber announced that Barber Brothers Ford would join Ford Motor Company in its ongoing commitment to the National FFA (formerly known as the Future Farmers of America).
Just a few thoughts about the Junior Jazz program here in Morgan County.
From what I have seen, as both a coach(in years past) and a parent with 2 participants this year, it is a well run program and good for the kids. Parents step up to coach, and do their best to teach the basic principles of the game. The teams, at least in the girls divisions that I have watched, are about as even as you can get, with most games being played very close, and the ability of the players are spread out from team to team. I know both my girls are having a good time, and enjoy both the practices and the games. Thanks Coach Brian House and Dave Henry!
FamilySearch had a bloggers call this last week and there were some interesting highlights. The pace of digitization is steadily increasing. Last year FamilySearch added more than 4 million images to their collection. This year the number will increase substantially. FamilySearch has yet to hit the rate at which they will ultimately reach in producing digital images and other records. They are still projecting to have their collection fully digitized within the next eight years. This goal now seems possible.
Marjorie Andelin Crittenden, long-time Milton resident, turns 90 years young on January 27th. Born in 1921, in Richfield, Utah, to Bertran Youth and Gladys Jensen Andelin, Marge was the second of seven children.
Coalville – Our sweet mother, grandmother and sister passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 12, 2011, after an 18 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She was born October 21, 1929 the 5th daughter of Ursula Elizabeth Sargent and John Eaton Wright in Spring Hollow, Utah. Afton graduated from North Summit High School in 1947. She moved to Salt Lake City and worked for the Department of Employment Security.
Browning has been a significant part of Morgan County since they relocated their headquarters here in 1964. Many individuals do not know, however, the significance of the contributions of John M. Browning to Utah and United States History. The Utah legislature is recognizing his significant contributions by designating Jan 24, 2011 as John M. Browning Day.
McQuown --radio and television pioneer, prize-winning writer, ardent traveler, voracious reader, lover of the out-of-doors, a true Renaissance woman-- passed away on January 6 in San Francisco, California. Born in Morgan, Utah, to Thelma Dickson and Curtis William Rogers, she is survived by her daughter, Eloise, San Francisco; her sisters, Marjorie Rogers Tueller (Jack) Bountiful, Utah; Florence Rogers Sowell (Wesley), Pocatello, Idaho; Sherolyn Rogers Jenkins (Larry) Morgan, Utah; and brother Bernell D. Rogers (Marjorie) of Torrance, California plus in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklyn King McQuown; her sister, Kathryn Rogers Whittier (Robert); and her parents Thelma and Curtis Rogers.
Funeral services will be held, Saturday, January 22, 12 noon, Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple St., SLC with a visitation Sat. 10:30am to noon. Burial: Morgan Utah. Contributions are suggested to your favorite charity.
The Morgan girls Basketball team played the girls from Grantsville high on Tuesday Jan 11th. in Trojan gym. In a totally dominating performance from start to finish, the Lady Trojans destroyed the visitors by a score of 83-15.
At the School Board Meeting on Tuesday night the school board local building authority approved the issuance of $4 million in bonds for the school building projects. The bonds will be purchased by Zions Bank. The bank has agreed to purchase them at the same rate as the subsidized rate under the federal government program used for the bonds. This means that the school district will be getting interest free money.
By Mike Shope, Transportation Director and Robert Kilmer, District Transportation
For more than half a century the Morgan School district bus facility has been located on State Street between Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn and Steph’s Drive-in. Before dawn each morning, you see the parking lot full of buses warming up and getting ready for a day of transporting students. There is a precession of buses leaving in every direction alerting citizens that school will soon be in session.
When I was growing up I often heard my father comment, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” I have seen the truth of this countless times in life. The many garage sales, and the success of them, attest to the accuracy of the statement. My son was laughing when he came home from a friend’s house a couple of months ago. He said, “Dad, my friend’s mom came home with deformed candles from a garage sale. People will buy anything.”
The Morgan Utah Stake Relief Society invites all women, ages 16 and older, to attend a retreat on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at the Stake Center. “Reaching Out” is the theme for the retreat. Sunday dress will be the attire.
Sheriff Breshears has had many challenges in his first two weeks in office. As he took office he was already faced with a department poised to hire four new officers to fill vacancies left by officers who had left to pursue higher pay, to replace his position, and to evaluate potential replacements for an officer on leave. He had stated in his campaign that his goal was to persuade the county council to raise the pay for officers to try to head off the turnover problem faced by the department.
“I am just a kid from Porterville…This is where my heart is and where I want to serve is Morgan County,“ said Ken Adams, Morgan County School Superintendent. Adams was born in Porterville, one of eight children in his family. His father worked at the cement plant for forty-five years. He also raised cattle, sheep, and mink.