This monument erected by the Japanese Association of Utah to Masashi Goto 1896-1929 Japanese aviator in his flight over American, Europe and Asia Airplane Ryofu-Go crashed 3000 feet south east of this spot July 4th, 1929.
This memorial is located just off Highway 35 in Wasatch County, Utah.
The Abram Hatch house was constructed circa 1892 of native red sandstone, Abram Hatch was born January 3, 1830 in Lincoln, Addison County, Vermont. In 1840 his family was converted to the Mormon Church and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, in the fall of 1840. During the Mormon exodus of 1846, Abram captained one of the flat-bottomed ferry boats used to carry the Saints and their belongings across the Mississippi River. He made the journey to Utah in 1850 and settled at Lehi the following year, where he engaged in farming, stock-raising and operating a hotel and store. In 1861 and again in 1863 Mr. Hatch returned east to the Missouri by wagon to help bring immigrants across the plains to Utah and to purchase and freight goods for his store and others. From 1864 to 1867 he served a mission in England and upon his return was ordained by Brigham Young to serve as the Presiding Bishop of Wasatch County. When the area was formally organized as a stake in 1877, he served as stake president from 1877 to 1901, It was under his direction that the Wasatch Stake Tabernacle, now a National Register site, was constructed.
In addition to his church responsibilities, Mr. Hatch operated a mercantile store in Heber City, a farm and ranch and served as a member of the Territorial Legislature, He was, in every sense, a community leader and builder.
The home, constructed under his supervision in the early 1890s, was remodeled for use as apartments. However in 1973 the home was purchased by Zions First National Bank and renovated to house that bank’s Heber City office, The exterior was carefully restored and the interior, although adapted for a modern banking facility, contains much of the original woodwork.
The contribution of Zions First National Bank in restoring the Abram Hatch home has been recognized by a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History in 1974 and an Award of Merit by the Utah Heritage Foundation.
In addition to the building’s significance as the home of Abram Hatch – pioneer, long-time church leader and legislator, freighter, farmer, rancher, merchant, miller, businessman and community builder the home is an excellent example of a tasteful and meaningful adaptive use.
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.
This cross-wing Gothic Revival house was built in 1877 for George Bonner, Jr. It was designed and built by John Watkins, an accomplished Utah builder who constructed many of the first homes in Midway. It was built at the same time as his brother William’s house across the street to the east. Both houses were reportedly completed and furnished in time for both their weddings in January 1878.
George Bonner, Jr. was born in 1850 in Scotland. His family emigrated to Utah and settled near Midway in 1861. In 1874, he and his brother William established a successful mercantile business, which George eventually took over. George and his wife Phebie lived in this house until their deaths in 1913 and 1914, respectively.
Constructed c. 1876, the George Bonner, Sr., House is one of seven houses contained in the Architecture of John Watkins Thematic Resource Nomination, having been designed and built by John Watkins, an accomplished early Utah builder. John Watkins’ work effectively illustrates the dynamic role the professional builder played in shaping Utah’s early architectural landscape. While it has been customary for historians to explain Utah architecture from the time of first settlement in 1847 up to about 1890 as the simple extension of eastern folk styles or the replication of popular pattern-book designs, John Watkins’ houses suggest a more generous appraisal. Slave to neither tradition nor pattern-book, Watkins found useful ideas in both, ideas that formed the basis of essentially new if nevertheless familiar designs. From two-room cottages to elaborate Gothic Revival houses to houses intended for multi-family polygamous living, Watkins drew upon his broad building experience to create not copies of other houses, but new ones designed to meet his client’s functional, aesthetic, and symbolic needs. This house is significant not only as an important example of the Gothic Revival style in early Utah, but also because it demonstrates Watkins’ ability to deftly manipulate basic picturesque design concepts. Drawing upon a set of ideas embodied in the basic cross-wing house form, Watkins was able to generate a rich variety of housing designs.
John Watkins was born in Maidsone, Kent, England in 1834. He received training in the building trade in his native England before joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and emigrating to Utah in 1855. Watkins’ skills were welcomed in the nascent Mormon towns of, first, Provo, and then Midway. In Provo, Watkins helped build the original LDS Tabernacle (1856).
Built in 1877 for William Bonner, this is one of several Gothic Revival style houses in Midway that were designed and constructed by John Watkins, an accomplished local builder. Watkins, an emigrant from England in 1856, demonstrated his considerable architectural knowledge and skills by combining variations of the cross-wing house form with Gothic Revival stylistic elements to create houses which, though similar to each other, are each unique. Watkins’ houses are among the best examples of Gothic Revival style in Utah. William’s father’s house, located across the street to the north, and his brother George’s house on the corner to the west, were also built by John Watkins. This house and George’s house were reportedly built and completely furnished in time for both their weddings in January 1878. Together, William and George operated the Bonner Mercantile for a number of years, then William devoted full time to his livestock operations, raising purebred horses and cattle. William and his wife Sarah Eliza Bronson remained in this house until their deaths in 1925 and 1946, respectively.
Built in 1898, the Midway Social Hall is constructed of a local material knows as “pot rock,” a porous limestone formed by “hot pots,” or hot springs. The building i architecturally significant in its use of this locally popular 19th century construction material. This simple, rectangular structure, incorporates Classical architectural features such as a symmetrical principal façade pedimented lintels.
The Social Hall shares a wall with a building to its east built c.1905 that was originally known as Hair’s Barber Shop and Ice Cream Parlor. Between c.1910-40 a window that existed in the shared wall was open during functions at the Social Hall so patrons could be served ice cream and sodas.
The Midway Social Hall is historically significant for its role as a community meeting place and center for cultural performances. It is one of the few known remaining social halls constructed by Mormon communities during the second half on the nineteenth century. The hall functioned as the primary meeting place for local activities and celebrations and for religious and town meetings from the date of its construction until the building of the Midway Town hall in 1940.
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.