Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 6, 2008

How I remember Christmas as a boy


He lay very still for a few minutes, perhaps even holding his breath to make sure he could not hear anyone moving about. He had finished eating his cookies and milk in his bedroom and had called “goodnight” to his Mom and Dad quite a while ago.

When he was sure they must be asleep by now he quietly slipped out of bed, being careful to step on the homemade braided rug beside his bed. He knew the stories he had heard about your foot sticking to the cold linoleum, like your tongue does to an ice tray, were false but he did not want to take any chances.

He crept out of his small bedroom and across the kitchen, again making sure he stayed on the rugs and did not step on the cold linoleum. In about eight steps he was at the doorway to the front room where the Christmas tree had been decorated and lit and was awaiting the appearance of Santa Clause. Of course he and his friends now knew there was no Santa Clause but never the less he wanted so see what awaited him under the big blue spruce that was their tree this year.

He peaked around the doorframe and was not really surprised that it looked just like it had when he went to bed. There were presents under the tree, there was cookies and milk on the end table for Santa and the lights were winking and blinking but nothing had changed. There were no new toys or gifts added since he went to bed. He said to himself, “well that is what I expected to find.” “I wonder how they know exactly when I am to sleep or just pretending.”

Of course it seems he had just gone back to bed and just fell off to sleep and he heard dad up building a fire and then he knew! He knew that Santa had come and that it was OK to get up. He called to his dad and asked, “Has he been here yet?” And he answered, “of course son but lets let the house warm up a little before you get up so your feet will not stick to the linoleum.”

That was the beginning of another Christmas day, just like they had been for as many years as he could remember. When the house warmed up he and his sister and Mom and Dad all opened their presents and ooohhd and ahhhed just like they did every year. They were thankful they were together and they always got some presents from that unknown Santa Claus.

After a quick breakfast the day’s activities would begin just as they did every Christmas Day for as long as he could remember. He would bundle up in his warm coat, hat and boots and run as fast as his legs would carry him to his best friends to see what had been left for him under his tree. After a short visit and a piece of Christmas pastry he and his friend would be off to the next friends house to do the same thing over again until they had visited all their friends in town. Each time the picked up another person to go on with them until in the end there might be ten or twelve trudging into a home to inspect gifts, eat cookies and have a Christmas drink. It was a grand time and one the young man would remember all his life, and even tell his children and grandchildren about.
Even though there might be ten or twelve children going from house to house, covered with snow and laughing and acting like children, they would never be turned away from their friends homes and would always be offered some type of goodie. It seems in that small town that Christmas was the time for all the Mothers to try and outdo each other making goodies to hand out. I remember Greek Cookies, Pitisa, Italian Biscuits, Fruit Cakes (soaked in wine cloths), Fudge, Butter Squares, Divinity and an array of things that was hard to imagine. We were even offered home made wine by the Greek and Italian families but we usually turned it down ands sometimes they seemed upset by this.

It was usually afternoon when we finished visiting with friends and then it was time to visit the Aunts and Uncles (real ones and adopted ones.) There were many people in our small town who we called Aunt and Uncle but they really were just friends of our Mom and Dad’s. Some times I am not sure if we really knew if they were real relatives or not. Of course at those homes we had to eat. It was either a turkey sandwich or a salad or it could be a full course dinner again. We never knew what it would be but we did know we would be invited to eat. It seems in a small town that was closely knit together one of the favorite activities was to EAT.

After eating it was off to play, usually in the snow. If some of us were fortunate enough to get new sleds we could not wait to go and try them out on the big sledding hill in flat town. We never had to worry about whether we would have enough snow. In fact our worry was usually the opposite. Who would be the one to walk up and down the hill in the thigh deep snow to pack down the trail for the first ride? Or if we got skates that clamped onto our shoes we would go to Hoopes’ pond and take our scoop shovels to shovel the snow off so we could skate.

We would play in the snow until dark and then build a fire and play until we were so tired we could not get back up the hill. We were so wet and cold our pants were like cardboard but we did not care because we were having fun.

Our Christmas Days were perhaps not as spiritual as they should have been but the closeness and the love of other people of all faiths and all nationalities was ingrained deeply in us in that small town.

By Wallace R. Baldwin
9 December 2002

Friday, December 5, 2008

Hiawatha Breakfast 1 Dec 2008

There were 12 of us at the Hiawatha breakfast on Dec. 1st. As usual we talked a lot, laughed a lot and speaking for myself we had an enjoyable time.
Mike Manosakis --Ken Allred
Tom Neilson --Glenn Davis
Dean Petrulas --Tucker Lowe
Tony Kourianis --Mike Orphanakis
Clyde Reaveley-- Bob Wilde
Wally Baldwin --Gordon Bingham

Any of you guys that would like to attend-- It is the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hiawatha, Utah
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Coordinates: 39°29′3.61″N 111°00′47.05″W / 39.4843361, -111.0130694
Hiawatha is a ghost town, formerly a coal mining town in Carbon County, Utah, United States. The town is located at the base of Gentry Mountain, some 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Price. It used to be a vibrant mining town, with a population of above 1,500 in the 1940s. Coal was discovered here in 1909, a mine was built, a railroad was constructed, and the city was incorporated in 1911. Another nearby village called Blackhawk was merged with Hiawatha in 1915. Hiawatha was a company town; the United States Fuel Company, which owned the Hiawatha mine and had its headquarters here, essentially ran the town.[1] After the 1940s, production began to drop and people began to move away. The population fell from 439 in 1960 to 43 in 1990. The city was disincorporated on November 20, 1992.
On December 12, 1997 the permit for the Hiawatha Mines Complex was transferred from U.S. Fuel Company to Hiawatha Coal Company.[2] The company plans to recommence mining in the near future. In September 2006 the Carbon County commission approved the rezoning of three of Hiawatha's six sections as residential, at the request of the property owner ANR Inc.[3] It is estimated that around three or four families currently live in Hiawatha. Some homes have been remodeled, and further construction is ongoing.
It is the belief of some people that both Hiawatha Coal Co. and ANR Inc. are owned by the Latter Day Church of Christ's Davis County Cooperative Society.[4] This belief has been propagated by ex-members of the church. The officers of both companies deny this, and the issue is currently being litigated in the Utah court system.
Hiawatha was also notable for having a vibrant Greek immigrant community, particularly from the island of Crete, who lived in the town and worked in the local coal mines.

Monday, November 10, 2008

This is the cliff or ledge above East Hiawatha. Does anyone know if it had a name. I asked the guys at breakfast last week and they all said it was just called--- "The Cliff or The Ledges" If anyone knows different please let me know.

This is a cliff above the R/R going to Wattis. Does anyone know if it had as official name? If you do either post it to this site or e-mail at

Thursday, November 6, 2008

E. Wayne Peak-- Obit

E. Wayne Peak
HIAWATHA/SAN JOSE, Calif. - E. Wayne Peak passed away July 22, 2008 at age 71 surrounded by family.
He graduated from Carbon High in 1957.
He was well respected and loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.
He was the loving husband of Ann; father of Carl, Danny and Sandy; papa of Alyssa, Nicole and Dina; father-in-law of Gus and Mary Kay; and brother of Jackie, Clydie and Bonnie. Preceded in death by parents, Jack and Claudine Peak; brother, James; and sister, Fay.
Please join our family in celebrating Wayne's life at Pioneer Park on Sept. 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. Cremation was in San Jose, Calif.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Danielle Benson (Who currently lives in Hiawatha) has found this picture in one of the old houses there. She would like to know if anyone recognizes the children.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Hiawatha Guys Breakfast 20 Oct 2008

There were ten of us at breakfast this morning and as usual we had a good visit:
Paul Mecham, Dean Petrulas
Bob Wilde, Mike Manosakis
Archie McCarrie, Don Reaveley
Tom Neilson, Ken Allrerd
Mike Orphanakis ,Wally Baldwin
Paul brought a picture of several Hiawatha guys in a group photo and we tried to GUESS who they were. It was amazing we could identify any of them but I think after MUCH discussion we did figure out about half of them. The we talked about John Hartzell having his 90th birthday and several of the guys remembered him living in Greek Town. How could we not talk about deer hunting at this time of year. However the only one we knew that was gone because of the deer hunt was Glenn Davis. Good luck Glenn.

All in all we had a good time.

From The Salt Lake Tribune 19 Oct 2008

Robert (Bob) Radakovich
Robert (Bob) Radakovich 1927 ~ 2008 PRICE- Our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Robert Radakovich died peacefully October 17th, 2008 surrounded by his family at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center from complications of a brain injury. Bob was born January 7th, 1927 in Hiawatha, Utah to Eli and Annie Vogrinec Radakovich. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ellen Sealey Radakovich and his sister, Mary Hribar. He served in the United States Army and retired from Utah Railway. He was a member of the Price United Methodist Church, Price Elk's Lodge #1550, Joppa Lodge #26 F.&A.M. and The Order of the Eastern Star. His wife Ellen and their family gave him great joy. Many wonderful times for Bob were spent working endlessly at his Scofield property and cabin which were truly his passion. He is survived by two daughters and one son, Kari (Robert) Fowler, Grand Junction, CO; Kathy Topolovec, Salt Lake City, UT; Roger (Mary) Johnson, Weimar, CA; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, sister, Millie Fox and brother, Pete Radakovich. Funeral service Wed., October 22nd, 2008, 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home 233 E. Main Street, Price. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Tues. evening from 6-8 p.m. and Wed. 1 hour prior to service. Interment Price City Cemetery. In memory of Bob, the family suggests contributions be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children, Fairfax Road at Virginia Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Obit for "Jiggs" Gigliotti

Jiggs Gigliotti
Jiggs Gigliotti

PRICE - Franklin W. "Jiggs" Gigliotti, age 94, passed away peacefully on Sept. 28, 2008 in Price.

He was born Aug.14, 1914 in Hiawatha to Felice and Maria Concetta Perri-Gigliotti from Decalaturo, Calabria, Italy. He was married in Las Vegas, Nev., to Inez Thomas of Clear Creek, who died in 2003. Her family was from Magers, Greece.

Jiggs was best known for operating the Center Texaco Service on Carbon and Main in Price with his brother-in-law, Bill Thomas. Before that, he had worked as a bartender and truck driver in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Calif. From there, he returned to Carbon County working as a coal miner and later drove truck for Texaco. He then operated the Texaco bulk plant and was the Baroid distributor for the drilling fields.

As a teenager, he played an Italian waiter in the movie "Night Flyer."

Although he liked hunting, Frank's greatest love was fishing. Whenever he had the opportunity, he would spend time at the local fishing spots. In addition to fishing the local lakes and streams, he enjoyed deep sea fishing off the coast of Washington and in the Gulf of Mexico.

When not fishing or working, Frank would hang out in the local clubs and coffee shops. In addition to English, he spoke Italian, Spanish and some Greek, so he always had friends to visit with.

For many years, Frank was active in the Notre Dame Catholic parish, volunteering his time to put in the floors for Notre Dame High School, working the Catholic Carnival, and he always maintained the parish vehicles.

Survived by his sister, Emma Battagliotti, Ogden; son, Bill Gigliotti, Price; grandson, Derek (Mi-Kyung Kim) Gigliotti, Las Vegas, Nev. Preceded in death by his wife, Inez Gigliotti; and daughter, Debra Gigliotti-Barney

Funeral service Thursday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's one hour prior to service. Committal, Cliffview Cemetery, Price.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Obit of Wallace R. Baldwin's Granddaughter

Bailey Grace Blake
Bailey Grace Blake "Our Baby Bailey" Our sweet little Bailey was born to Chris and Jenn Blake on Oct. 2, 2008. She passed away on Oct. 4, 2008 due to a rare genetic disease called Thanatophoric Dysplasia. Although Bailey was with us for just a short time she was able to touch the lives of many people who dearly love her. Her brothers, Parker and Caleb, anxiously awaited her arrival and were so grateful for the time they got to spend with her. They look forward to the time they can hold her and play with her again.Bailey is survived by her parents, brothers, grandparents: Wallace and Donnie Baldwin, Mike Blake, JoAnn Paulin, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A viewing will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 from 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Pkwy. (10600 S) followed on Thurs., October 9, 2008 by a Graveside Service at 11:00 at South Jordan City Cemetery, 1055 W. 10650 S. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Bailey's name at any Mountain America Credit Union to help with medical/funeral expenses. You can see Bailey at and online condolences can be shared with the family at

Friday, September 26, 2008

Theron H. Oviatt Obit notice

Theron H. Oviatt
Theron H. Oviatt Beloved Dad On a beautiful autumn afternoon, September 22, 2008, our Hero, Theron H. Oviatt, peacefully passed from this life with his family by his side. A joyous reunion awaited him.Dad was born in Cleveland, Utah on April 3, 1918, to James Lyman and Ruth Hansen Oviatt. He grew up in Hiawatha, Utah with many fun and happy memories. He was in the high school band and earned many first place awards. When he was 16 his family moved to the farm in Price where he learned the value of hard work and dependability. He built a life on those values. In 1960 he moved his family to Brigham City to work at Thiokol. He retired from the Intermountain Indian School. Dad co-founded the Box Elder Credit Union, where he served as its first President. In 1986, he and mom moved to Sandy to be near their children. Dad married our mother, Barbara Elaine Liddell on June 14, 1941 in the Manti Temple. They were married for 52 years. Mom passed away in Nov. 21, 1993. Our Dad was a member of the LDS Church. He had a strong testimony and a firm commitment to the Gospel. He served faithfully as a counselor in two bishoprics, as a ward clerk, scoutmaster, High Priest Group Leader, and in many other callings. He is survived by his children James (Janice), Marie (Brent) Popp, Alan (Colleen), Martin (Colleen), and Melissa (Stephen) Wilson, 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, two sisters Myra Ricks, Kathryn (Ken) Pierce. Preceded in death by wife Barbara, parents, brothers, Dal, Jerry, sisters, Theressa Frandsen, Lucille Judi. Our family expresses sincere thanks to Millcreek Retirement Residence, nurses Heather, Brittany, Rebecca, and Sunbrook Hospice for all the loving care they gave our Dad. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2008, at the Imperial 2nd Ward, 2738 S. Fillmore St. (1537 East), S.L.C., UT. Viewing will be from 9:30-10:40 a.m. Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Price City Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements by Wasatch Lawn Mortuary.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fred Butler Obit Notice

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Fred Watt Butler
Fred Watt Butler 1933 ~ 2008 Cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Fred Watt Butler, of Cedar Hills, Utah, age 75, left us on Sept. 14, 2008. Born April 30, 1933 in Wellington, Utah. Married the love of his life, Sally Brette Simmons. They danced their way from being Lagoon Ballroom Jitterbug Champions in 1953 to marriage in the Manti LDS Temple in 1954, and then through the next 54 years dancing through life together. "This is the true measure of love, when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will ever love in the same way after us." --Goethe Fred served in the U.S. army, revered four time scoutmaster, and greatly loved Little League coach. Our family "rock," always, who sacrificed everything for his family with a love and dedication unsurpassed. Devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who faithfully served in many church callings. Preceded in death by sons, Jeff and Brad, and survived by wife, Sally; son, Greg; daughter, Taffi; daughter, Keelee; daughter, Marcie, nine grandchildren, Eric, Amber, Ryan, Ashley, Sara, Emily, Ben, Jon and Annie; and two great-grand-children, Vivian and one on the way, and Jordan, who stand as one in love and "Salute!" him (means I love you; don't forget it!) Funeral services for Fred will be held Fri., September 19, 2008 at 1 p.m. in the Cedar Hills 10th LDS Ward Chapel, 9737 North Chesterfield Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah. Family and friends may call on Thurs. evening from 6-8 p.m. at Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 N. 900 E., American Fork, Utah. and at an additional viewing at the church on Fri. afternoon from 12-12:45 a.m. prior to services.

Fred Butler

Hi Wally, I have the information about Sally Simmons husband Fred Butler passed away on Sept. 14, 2008.
  His funeral service will be held Friday at 1:00 P M at the Cedar Hills 10th LDS Ward Chapel. A viewing will be held Thursday evening in American Fork at Warenski Funeral Home 1776 N. 900 E.from 6-8 P.M. There will also be a viewing prior to the service at the ward house from 12:00 - 12:45 P.M,
  Fred & Sally was to the Hiawatha reunion this past few weeks ago.
He had a heart attack Sat. and passed away early Sunday morning.
Fred was from Wellington originally.
From Myrna

Thursday, September 4, 2008

How Many kids besides me climbed the cliff in the background

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Glenn Thomas Obit from Casper Star

Funeral services for Glenn Thomas, 87, will be conducted on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 at 11 a.m. At the Urie LDS Stake Center, with visitation being held one hour prior to the services that morning.

Interment will follow services at the Lyman Cemetery in Lyman.

He died Aug. 7, 2008 at Evanston Regional Hospital.

He was born on February 1, 1921 in Hiawatha, Utah, the son of Levi Reese and Nellie (Banner) Thomas.

He married Leona (Livingston) Hoopes on Feb. 10, 1943 in Tampa, Fla. Their marriage was later sealed in the Ogden LDS Temple on Oct. 31, 1998. Leona preceded him in death, and he later married Alice Cameron on Oct. 29, 1979 in Lyman.

He spent his working career at FMC and retired from there. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, painting, playing music, and spending time working on mechanics. He also was known to be a big tease. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He is survived by his children, Glenn Allen (Rita) Thomas, of Big Piney, Donald Dean (Jo Ann) Thomas, of Mountain View, Burl Lee (Nancy) Thomas, of Lake Wales, Fla.,  Dorothy Ann (Lynn) Walk, of Lyman; and Marilyn Thomas (daughter in law) of Green River , sisters, Thelma (Ramon) Madrid of Price, Utah, and Nellie Everley of Ivins, Utah; ; 10 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and one great great grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, both spouses, one son, Reese, a daughter, Susan, one great grandson, Joseph, four brothers, and two sisters.

Arrangements are under the direction of Crandall Funeral Home of Evanston.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Maintenance Crew

Jacquie & Mike Anderson--abt 1957

Dessia Taylor Cox

Dessia Taylor Cox

HUNTINGTON - Dessia Taylor Cox returned to her heavenly home on Monday, July 21, 2008, at the age of 85 at her home in Huntington.

Dessia was born March 5, 1923 in Draper to James A. Taylor and Marintha Deseret Harrison. She married Allen Reve Cox on Nov. 27, 1941 in Evanston, Wyo. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dessia served in the Relief Society, young women's program and the Primary at various times in her life.

She raised her family in Hiawatha, where her husband, Allen, was a miner. They later moved to Huntington, where she spent the remainder of her life.

Dessia loved to cook, often tempting family and friends alike with some special recipe. She loved her beautiful flower garden and was comforted in her final days with a bouquet of some of her favorite blooms. She enjoyed crocheting; creating beautiful beaded doilies and crocheted slippers for her grandchildren.

Quite the fisherman, Dessia could give even the best anglers a run for their money.

More than anything else, the greatest love of Dessia's life was her family, many of whom were able to visit her in the days before her death.

She was surrounded by loved ones as she left this world behind. Each of her family members take with them a lifetime of memories

She is survived by her three children, James (Claudia) Cox, Lehi; Paul (Nelly) Cox, Logan; and Vicky (Claron) Durrant, Huntington; 16 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Wanda Kinzer, Sandy; and one sister-in-law, Doris Brown, Murray. Dessia was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Allen; four brothers, one sister and one great-grandson.

Funeral services will be Saturday, July 26, at 1 p.m. at the Huntington LDS Stake Center. Viewing will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday before the funeral. Interment will be in the Huntington City Cemetery. Services are inthe care of Fausett Mortuary.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Obit for Donald R. Westenskow

Donald Reese Westenskow
Donald Reese Westenskow 2/6/1926 ~ 7/10/2008 Donald Reese Westenskow, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, age 82, passed away July 10, 2008 after a valiant battle with cancer.Born February 6, 1926 in Hiawatha, Utah to Leona Louise Hickey and John Rueben Westenskow. Married Barbara Ann Schultz on June 23, 1948 by Joseph Fielding Smith in the Salt Lake Temple. US Navy World War II Veteran, serving from 1943- 1945. Graduated from West High School and University of Utah. Faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding the office of High Priest in the Melchezidek Priesthood, serving diligently in his ward and stake as well as a temple worker and Conference Center host, for five years with his sweetheart. Those who knew Don "Wes", knew him for his unfailing honesty, deep convictions, sincere integrity and dry wit. He was a great example to his children and fiercely devoted to his wife. He will be greatly missed. He was a joy in the lives of his family, friends and colleagues. Survived by wife, Barbara, sons, Steven (Karen), Lee (Annette), Todd (Amanda), daughters, Judy (Dave) Bruse, Gay Najmabadi, 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, sister, Florence (Ken) Bywater, brother, Duane (Mary) Hoskings. Preceded in death by his son, Michael "Mike". Funeral services will be held Monday, July 14, 2008, 11 a.m. at the Brighton 10th Ward, 2327 E. Bengal Blvd. (7600 S.) Friends may call Sunday, Cannon Mortuary, 2460 E. Bengal from 6 to 8 p.m. and the day of the service at the church from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment Larkin Sunset Gardens, with full Military Honors. Special thanks to hospice workers, Ken, Jennifer and Wanda for their care over the last two weeks. Thanks also to Don and Barbara's friends and neighbors for their love and support. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund, Missionary Department, 50 E. North Temple Street, 3WW, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-5400. Online condolences may be made at
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on 7/12/2008
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Friday, July 11, 2008

Lindora Jensen Draper Obit


CASTLE DALE - Lindora Jensen Draper, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed away at her home on Monday, July 7, 2008. Lindora was 90 years old.

Born Dec. 18, 1917 in Cleveland, Lindora was the fifth child of 11 born to Edward C. and Maude Eden Jensen. She was educated in Cleveland and Huntington.

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lindora served 32 years as a Primary worker, enjoying children, especially the Trailbuilders. She also served on the North Carbon LDS Stake Primary board as well as homemaking counselor in the Castle Dale LDS Stake Relief Society presidency.

Lindora was a charitable woman who always carried a smile. She had a positive, loving outlook and she loved cleaning, decorating, and entertaining.

She lived 41 years in Hiawatha with her husband, Harry Leon "Bud" Draper, who labored for 45 years. Bud retired on Feb. 2, 1978 and they moved to Castle Dale into the home they had remodeled after purchasing the property in June 1951. They enjoyed square dancing and she and her husband were members of several dancing groups. Keenly interested in political issues and proud to be a lifetime Republican, she served many years as an election judge.

Lindora loved to read, especially newspapers, historical materials and the scriptures. She had great love of painting and, at the age of 70 years under the direction of a nephew Cliff Oviatt, Lindora enjoyed taking acrylic art classes. Her paintings are in many homes, especially those given to boys who have achieved the rank of an Eagle Scout. A painting of an Eagle was given on those occasions.

Lindora was a member of the Alaho Ladies Club, the Historical Society, and an honorary member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

She was a woman of strength and character. Her lifetime motto was "live, love, learn." She firmly believed people should do the best they can with whatever challenges life sends their way, to play the hand they are dealt and play it the best you can so that at the end of the day you are happy and satisfied with the choices you have made.

Always proud of her family heritage and extended family, Lindora kept in close touch with brothers and sisters, their families, nieces and nephews and her children and grandchildren, each holding a special place in her heart. Lindora kindly and lovingly remembered birthdays, phone numbers and addresses. Lunch with family and friends was also an enjoyable event in her life. She also loved to travel, enjoying her travels throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Alaska, and Europe.

Lindora was a mother of two sons, Gary Leon Draper, deceased; and John Edward (Betty) Draper of Laguna Hills, Calif.: three Draper grandsons, Samuel G. (Corinne) of St. George; John Edward Jr. (Stacy) of Newport Beach, Calif.; and Derek L. Draper (Marisa) of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; two granddaughters, Kristine (Brett) Sewell of St. George, and Lori Ann (Robert) Taylor of Centerville; 14 great-grandchildren, which includes triplets, Tim, James and Mark Draper, St. George; Ben, Jeffery and Katie Sewell, St. George; Bridget, Max, Madison, James and Jeffery Taylor, Centerfield; and Jenna, Kara and Alyssa Draper of Laguna Niguel, Calif. Lindora is also survived by two sisters, Leora (Vernon) Leamaster of Huntington and Beth (Walter) Henzi of Ivins; and three brothers, Ted Jensen, Glen (Karen) Jensen of Elmo; and Roy (Zona) Jensen of Cleveland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Leon "Bud" Draper; parents; three brothers, Alvin, Bill and Fred Jensen; and two sisters Harriet (Frank) Jensen and Annette (Wayne) Liddell.

A viewing will be Friday, July 11, at 12:30 p.m at the Castle Dale LDS Stake Center, located at 35 East Main. Funeral services will follow at 2:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Castle Dale Cemetery under the direction of the Fausett Mortuary.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Jun 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Jun 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Jun 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Jun 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Jun 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Jun 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Aug 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Jun 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Jun 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Aug 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Jun 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Jun 2008

Hiawatha Luncheon 16 Jun 2008

Hiawatha Ladies Luncheon 16 Jun 2008

Allred, Carma & Ken                                       Martino Lyn

Baldwin, Wally & Donnie                               Mecham, Paul & Norma

Barnett, John                                                     Neilsen, Tom & Clone

Bearnson, Jim & Rhea                                      Orphanakis, Mike & Jone                        

Blake, Jennifer                                                    Peirce, Lisa                                                                   

Burgess, Shirley                                                 Reaveley, Clyde & Betty                            

Davis, Glenn                                                       Reaveley, Don & Jean                               

Garber, Jim & Beth                                             Rupp, VaLair Burgess                        

Hilton, Marilyn                                                   Segura, Helen            

Jensen, Virginia G.                                              Wallace, Don & Myrna  

Martino Jay & Barbara                                       

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Valerie Bruno obit notice

Valerie Bruno

PRICE/HOUSTON, Texas - Valerie Lynn Bruno was born June 5, 1958 to Pete and Doris Bruno.

A beloved daughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin, and friend, Valerie had a unique love for life, which she shared by serving others. She delighted in knitting handmade toys, afghans and clothing for her dear family members and she sported a playful personality that made her every child’s best friend.

Valerie’s service also extended to reading to children with disabilities and contributing her talents to the Humanitarian Center and Newborns in Need. Her open arms and selfless attitude made each person in her life feel special and loved.

Valerie graduated from the University of Utah in drama. For over 20 years, she was a dedicated employee for the Williams Company, a home to many valued friends and co-workers whom the family thanks for offering great support in Valerie’s life and in her passing.

Valerie had a strong belief in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a testimony in the Savior. Her faith offers peace at her passing on June 9, 2008 from a sudden illness, which allowed her to offer more service in being a donor to others.

Valerie is survived by her father, Pete Bruno; Dale Marx; Shirlie (Greg) VanWagoner; Marilyn (Dean) Harmon; Joan (Darrell) Keller; Doug Bruno; and many loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Bruno; and her sister, Doris Marx.

Her family would like to thank those who brought joy to her life and Pioneer Hospital for their attentive care. Thank you also to the Price 1st LDS Ward for their help at this time.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at the Price Utah LDS Stake Center, 150 South 500 East. Viewing will be Friday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary, 680 East 100 South in Price, and from 10 to 10: 45 a.m. prior to the service at the stake center. Interment will be in the Price City Cemetery.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hiawatha 7th Grade

Hi Wally!
   My brother-in-law, Dr. Duane L.Merrill, called my attention to the picture of the1940 7th grade class. I am Shirley Gleason Jones and in the picture. It was fun to see and called up many happy memories of Hiawatha. I thought I'd tell you that the girl with the ? for her name is Beverly Shadler. I'm not sure of the spelling of her last name.
   I love your site and I loved Hiawatha also. I lived there from 1928 until 1941 when we moved to New York.
   Keep up the good work on this site.
            Shirley Jones

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Thomas A. Burgess obituary

Thomas A. Burgess

PRICE - Our loving father, grandfather and beloved uncle, Thomas A. Burgess, age 92, passed away May 12, 2008 in Price.

Born Oct. 2, 1915 in Provo to William J. and Mary Gatherum Burgess. He married Esther Wolfrom Jan. 2, 1959 in Boulder City, Nev. She passed away on Oct. 15, 2006.

Tom served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. His duties included being an aircraft service mechanic, crew chief and aircraft instrument mechanic. He worked on the Boeing 4 engine on the B-17 bomber.

Tom served 11 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and several years in the Civil Air Patrol.

In 1947, he received his private pilot license.

Tom was a licensed contractor who built many homes in the area. He was a very talented craftsman and he especially enjoyed helping others with their electrical and plumbing repairs.

He also worked at the College of Eastern Utah in the maintenance department.

Tom enjoyed working in the yard and fixing anything that was broken.

He was a kind and loving caregiver to all in need, especially to his wife.

He will be missed by his family and a community of friends.

Survived by his daughters, Mary (Dan) Baxter, Highland; and Patsy (Dennis) Jensen, Carbonville; nine grandchildren, Dawn (Shane) McMillan, Taylorsville; Christopher (Angie) Arambula, South Jordan; Jeremy (Angelyn) Jensen, Logan; DaNeen Kirkwood, Price; Debbie (Robin) Rudman, Wellington; Justin (Tammy) Jensen, Spring Glen; Mike (Stormie) Baxter, Aurora, Colo.; Melinda (Mike) Wallis, Cedar Hills; and Marcie (Dan) Clawson, Pleasant Grove; 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; loving niece, Janet (Tom) Patterick, Price; special nephew, Joe (Esta Lee) Mason, Price; many other nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents; dear wife, Esther; two sisters and two brothers.

Graveside service Friday, May 16, noon, Price City Cemetery. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Friday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friends are welcome at Mitchell’s daily.

Hiawatha Annual Ladies Luncheon

Hiawatha Ladies luncheon for Ladies and spouses or friends.