The board of directors of the free public library recognizing the value of the untiring services rendered by Mr. John D. Spencer, not only to the cause of library development during the past sixteen years, but also to the advancement of every laudable civic undertaking and desiring to express appreciation of such service, voted to designate the new branch library.
In taking this action the board has placed before the community in a permanent way, the name of one who though a private citizen has been a conscientious efficient and devoted public servant.
The following is from sanpete.com: This Gothic Revival/Romanesque-influenced stone LDS Chapel was constructed between 1898 and 1914, although an inscription stone bears the date”1902.” Richard C. Watkins was the architect of this spectacular edifice. Scandinavian masons John F. Bohlin (1844-1924), Jens J. Carlson (1848-1927), Lars Larsen (1852-1924) and Jens ‘Rock’ Sorensen did the stone work. The carpenter’s name was Emil Erickson. The building has an elegant, horseshoe-shaped gallery accessible by a stairway in the tower. The chapel features a sloping floor and an ornamental oak pulpit at the west end. Behind the pulpit, hand-grained sliding doors opened into the annex. From the original exposed flooring to the vaulted and beamed ceiling, the interior is replete with beautifully detailed woodworking, all following the Gothic theme. The pulpit and the handmade rostrum chairs for the ward leadership are skillfully carved. The pew ends are decoratively milled, as is the sacrament table. The exterior is equally impressive with its tall, Gothic windows, tall stone tower and buttress and overall massiveness and solidity.
The chapel was conceived in 1882 by LDS bishop James Anderson Allred (1819-1904), who appointed a committee of twenty men to plan the project. It eventually was built at a cost of $40,000, with $6,000 received from church funds, and the remainder being donated by the men and women of Spring City ward. A masterpiece of LDS Church architecture, this chapel was dedicated in March 1914 by Anthon F. Lund, counselor to Mormon Church President Joseph F. Smith. During construction, a classroom annex was added to the rear. A compatible addition was made on the north in 1978, using rock from the same quarry to carefully match the design elements.
Although the mining community of Park City began in the 1870s, it was not until 1895 that plans for the construction of this LDS Church were formulated. In 1897 construction on a meeting house was started and apparently completed that year. However, the church was burned in the great fire of June 19, 1898, which destroyed many of Park City’s buildings. Rebuilt in 1899, this building was formally opened for services on March 18, 1900. An addition was made to the rear between 1926-1930 and in 1938 work commenced on the amusement hall. The building served as a meeting house until 1962.