I wanted to get over here to document this building and I was just a little too late, it had just been demolished. During World War II parachutes for the military were sewn here and also at the old canning factory a few blocks away.
A few interesting webpages I’ve seen:
- Hundreds of central Utah women worked in parachute factories
- Manti Parachute Plant
- The Manti parachute plant helped save lives during WWII
A saw these old photos of the interior being shared on facebook, I’m not sure of the source:
His story below is copied from findagrave.
“I, EDWARD LLOYD PARRY, was born August 25, 1818, at or near the village of St. George, Denbighshire, North Wales. My parents’ names were Edward and Mary Lloyd Parry. My early childhood was passed in the village of St. George. My mother died when I was but four and one-half years old, leaving three children, two girls, Margaret and Mary, and myself. My sisters were taken care of by a nurse to whom my father paid three shillings for each child each week. He and I went to live with his parents.
My father was a well-to-do stonemason and bricklayer, as were my grandfather, and great grandfather. I attended school until I was twelve years of age when I went to work with my father at the mason trade. I received one term of school again at the age of fourteen and also attended night school at the age of twenty-four and twenty-five.
Being naturally inclined to religion, I frequently attended the Church of England, and also went to hear Ministers of other dominations preach but could not be converted to join any one of them as their teachings did not appear to me to be consistent, in harmony with the gospel as taught by the Savior and His Apostles. But instantly on hearing an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints preach, I was converted to the truth and wondered why I had not understood the Gospel in that light before. I was baptized on the 9th of March 1848 by Elder Abel Evans and confirmed at the riverside.
I left Liverpool with my wife and eleven converts from the same branch on the 5th of February 1853 on the sailing ship Jersey, commanded by Captain Day and with Elder George Halliday in charge of the Saints. We were six weeks to the day coming from Liverpool to New York to New Orleans. We took a steamboat from New Orleans to Keokuk, Iowa where we arrived on the 1st of April 1853 and remained there eight weeks.
We arrived in Salt Lake City, 10th of October 1853 and settled in the 16th Ward. We moved to the 15th Ward in 1854. I paid my debt to the Perpetual Emigration Fund in less than one year after arriving in Utah. We moved to Ogden in the fall of 1855. In February 1857, I was called by Brother Heber C. Kimball to move to Salt Lake City to work on the Temple. He placed his hand upon my shoulder in his good old-fashioned way and said, “Brother Edward, I want you to pull up your stakes and come to the city to live and go to work on the Temple, will you do it?”
I said, “I will if you say so.” “Well,” said he, “Don’t I say so?”
In three weeks after, I had moved down and reported myself for work, and continued work there and on the public works while in Salt Lake City. I was present when the Treasure Box was laid in the foundation of the Temple and spread the mortar for it.
In April 1862 I was called to go to St. George in Southern Utah to settle. I had charge of the mason work of the St. George Hall, the Tabernacle, Brother Erastus Snow’s Big House, the County Court House, raised the Washington Factory one story higher, built a great many residences for private parties, among them one for President Brigham Young, and was Master Mason of the St. George Temple, the four corners of which I laid without the usual ceremonies, the Authorities not being able to be there at the time and President Young was very desirous of having the work hurried along. I also assisted President Young and others in setting the Treasure Box in the walls of the St. George Temple.
In April 1877 I was called to go to Manti to take charge of the mason and stonework of the Manti Temple, where I arrived with a part of my family in company of President Young, 24 April 1877. The rest of my family came on to Manti in October of the same year.
We were about two years leveling the hill, building the terrace walls, and getting ready to lay the cornerstones of the Temple, which were laid 14th of April 1879. The southeast corner stone contained the Treasure Box that I assisted in setting in the Temple.
In connection with my sons with whom I am present (1895) in business in the stone mason and building vocation, I took up a stone quarry near Ephraim, known as the Sanpete White Oolit Company, from which the large stone from which the Annex building of the Salt Lake Temple is built, which we provided by contract.”
Edward Lloyd Parry married Elizabeth Evans, 16 August 1848, in North Wales and Ann Parry, 19th February 1857, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
When two daughters, Hattie and Emma visited the St. George Temple in September 1911, Brother Pickett who was then the door keeper at the Temple, showed them through the temple, taking them up to the roof where he told them an incident connected with their father.
One time when the Temple was being built about the roof, he (Brother Parry) saw a bad stone being placed in the wall and said to the builder, “Take out that stone, my boy, and put in a good one.” The man said to him, “What will it matter. There will be no weight on it and it will be plastered over and no one will know it.” Where upon Brother Parry said, “My boy, three persons will know it. You will know it, I will know it, and God will know it. That is three. My boy, take it out.” This shows how particular and conscientious he was to have the work done right. He died 26th August 1906 at the age of 88 years, and was buried in Manti, Utah.
The gorgeous Sanpete County Court House is located at 160 N Main in Manti, Utah.
It is on the National Register of Historic Places and was build in 1935 as a PWA project.
These are some of the cool paintings I saw inside:
Located at 191 North Main St in Manti, Utah this is one of the oldest remaining city hall buildings in the state of Utah.
Designed by A.E. Merriam this building was constructed between 1873-1882. It is an excellent example of the Italianate style rarely found outside Salt Lake City. Fine Italianate details such as box-like massing, low-pitched hipped roof, columned portico and decorative bracketed eaves make it the only surviving example of the style in public structure in Sanpete County.
The plan has four equal size rooms on each floor, with a central passageway staircase. Under the stucco lies finely tooled limestone. It is hoped that the exterior will one day be restored to its historic appearance. The construction costs total about $1,100.
The building is now used as a Manti Museum, Social Hall, and office of Sanpete County Economic Development & Travel and Tourism and houses a visitor’s information center.
John Patten Jr. HouseDedicated to the Two Hundredth Anniversary
of the United States of America
and sponsored by the
Utah American Revolution Bicentennial Commission
and Manti Camp of D.U.P, Dr. Ruth M. Graham
and other donorsConstructed about 1854 by John Patton, Jr., this house was built of rock from the temple hill just five years after arrival of the first settlers. Patton served as militiaman, legislator, sheriff, farmer and inventor of agricultural implements.
The John Patten House was constructed c.1854 of limestone. John Patten came to Utah in 1850 and settled in Manti. He was active in community affairs serving as a representative to the Utah Territorial Legislature, Sheriff of Sanpete County and a member of the City Council. The vernacular style house is an excellent example of early pioneer stone construction in Utah. The house was acquired May 23, 1976 with the assistance of a grant from the Utah Bicentennial Commission and the help of Dr. Ruth Graham, a descendant of John Patten.