210 North 200 East in Heber City, Utah
historichebercity’s instagram account has an interesting post here:
March is Women’s History Month so we’re happy to introduce some of the women who have played an integral part in the history of Heber.
Meet Lavina Elizabeth Averett Murdock.
Born in 1867 in Heber City, UT. Lavina was the second child of William and Elizabeth Averett. William and Elizabeth were among the earliest settlers in the valley.
Lavina learned responsibility and hard work as a child. In 1894 she married Nelson Murdock and the two quickly became the parents of 5 children. In 1903 tragedy struck the young family when Nelson took his own life by drinking poison. Lavina was left to figure out how to care for her family.
Just a few months after her husbands death Lavina found employment as the city recorder and was paid $40 monthly.
Even though she had no formal education past 8th grade in 1905 Lavina began her career in local government by being elected treasurer of Wasatch County. She was the first woman to be elected as a county treasurer in the state of Utah. Lavina successfully continued in what was then a man’s world by holding the treasurer’s office from 1905-1917. In 1913 she was chosen to be the first woman to serve on the school board as trustee. In 1920 she was chosen to be the school board treasurer.
In 1905 Lavina and her family moved into a home on the corner of 2nd E and 2nd N. She worked hard to pay for her home and often would rent rooms to help pay for the home. At one time she provided rooms in her home to be used as hospital rooms by Dr. Hatch since there was no hospital in town. Lavina raised and supported her 5 children on her own. In her later adult years she visited and lived with her adult children around the country. She lived to be 90 years old. She is buried in the Heber City Cemetery.
James William Clyde House
This historic brick Victorian Eclectic style house was constructed circa 1884 for Richard and Agnes Jones. They lived in the house for only a few years before selling it to James William Clyde in December of 1889. Mr. Clyde lived in the home until about 1927, when hw built a new house adjacent to this one. During this first quarter of the twentieth century, Clyde was an influential contributor to Heber City. He ran a successful cattle-ranching enterprise and operated various small businesses. His influence as a politician in many capacities included service as a state legislator, state senator, and the first mayor of Heber City. The home retains its historic architectural integrity and is a key contributing resource on Heber City’s Main Street.
Located at 312 South Main Street in Heber City, Utah.
Vintage Airstream Restorations & Repairs, 835 S Main in Heber City, Utah.
I’ve driven by this place many times and noticed that they have some really cool vintage neon signs, both the main sign for the business out from (that came from the old Vista Grande Motel here in Heber) and many out in the back as well. I stopped to get some photos and I was told that they came from southern Utah.
A legacy project of the Wasatch County Statehood Centennial Committee.
“Journey’s End,” honors the courage and sacrifice of the first colonizers to make their homes in these mountain valleys.
This statue is dedicated to the memory of William Madison Wall and other pioneers and the hardships that they endured while creating a legacy for each of us. – James Smedley – County Chair
The Joseph Stacy Murdock House, built in Heber City Utah c.1865, is historically significant for its association with Murdock, an important early convert to and later leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, and as the site of an important early treaty between the Mormon settlers and the local Ute-Shoshone people. Murdock was a friend and adviser to the Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith, before the martyrdom in 1844, and served in a similar capacity to Smith’s successor, Brigham Young, during the, Mormon colonization of the Great Basin West after 1847. In 1863, Murdock became the first ecclesiastical leader of Heber City, the principal settlement in the Provo River Valley east of Salt Lake City. Murdock was integrally j involved in all facets of Heber City life, and his personal relations with the Ute-Shoshone chief, Tabiona, helped ease Mormon-Indian tensions in the area during the Black Hawk War. An important treaty between the two leaders, signed in this house in 1867, was instrumental in bringing an end to the hostilities. In addition to his leadership role in Heber City, Murdock led the expedition that established the Mormon buffer settlements along the Muddy River in northern Nevada between 1867 and 1870.(*)