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Congrats to Jen Hales Holden (Facebook), Jann Farris (Instagram), and Wendy Farris (Newspaper) for being the first to correctly identify last week’s Hunt for History location: The Peoples Opera House/Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn (4 N. State St).
The Peoples Opera House was built and incorporated in 1906. The building housed a theater on the main floor and a dance hall on the second floor. For almost 20 years it provided space for the community, but as other facilities were built for school, social and athletic events, the People’s Opera House Co. decided to sell to the two Morgan LDS Stakes in 1924. The facility was then used to show films. In 1948, after sitting idle for several years, the Morgan LDS Stake’s sold to Alva and Cecil Dearden of Henefer who subsequently remodeled and updated the facility. The façade, entrance and foyer were changed (see photo’s). The second level dance floor was removed and the ceiling raised. The Morgan Theater remained in operation until 1979. After sitting idle once again, Sherdon Woolstenhulme purchased it and remodeled it into The Spring Chicken Inn. Larry Wiggill purchased the business in 1987 and it is still in operation today.
Join the Morgan County Historical Society as we Hunt for History each week through the end of 2018 as we celebrate Morgan City’s Sesquicentennial.
Here are the rules:
1.Must Correctly Identify Building – (either by business name, or address). First to identify gets prize (Book, Pin, or Ornament) and name put into Grand Prize Drawing. All others who identify also get name put in drawing for Grand Prize ($50).
2.Entries must be submitted between Friday 6pm and Monday 12pm. Early or late submissions will not be counted.
3.All buildings are located in Morgan City and the architectural detail can be seen from the public right of way. No Trespassing on Private property. All buildings are commercial or public, no private homes.
4.Limit one entry per person, per week.
5.Limit 3 prizes (after 3 prizes the winner will get their name put in twice for the Grand Prize Drawing).
6.Grand Prize Drawing will be held at the end of the year.
Call or email your answer to Rachel Turk at the Historical Society. (801)845-6085 or firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your name, answer and phone number when you call.
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