First Public Building
In 1882 the first settlers came to Teasdale, formerly called Bullberry. In 1885 land was purchased by the L.D.S. Church for $9.99 upon which they built the first public building in the settlement. George Coleman was the first presiding elder and later bishop. A building 20 feet by 30 feet was constructed of sawed logs and a large fire place was built in the west end. The cost of the building was $323.86 contributed in cash, labor, and grain. David C. Adams, Daniel Allen, and Sylvester Williams were the building committee. For many years it served the community for church, recreation and school purposes.
This is Daughters of Utah Pioneers historic marker #185, erected in May of 1953 at 106 South Main Street in Teasdale, Utah.
The D.U.P. Marker inside says:
This building of sawed logs, cement, and stucco was constructed by James and Mable Ellett in 1947 and operated as the Ellett Theatre.
On March 19, 1956, the Elletts deeded 30 percent interest of the building to Edwin (Ted) and Alberta Oldroyd. Together their families operated the theater until TV came into Wayne County. Until 1971, John and Maida Giles and Stanley and Hilma Brinkerhoff also worked in the business.
The Brinkerhoff family purchased the business in October 1971 and renamed it Wayne Theatre. With the help of others, they operated it until September 1994. James and Nanette Anderson purchased the business, changed the old projection machines to a one-reel operation, and improved the building. Later they obtained a grant from the Utah Historical Society and remodeled the building which is being successfully operated as a movie theater.
Bicknell is a small town along State Route 24, in Wayne County, Utah with a population of about 300 people. Bicknell was originally called Thurber for A.K. Thurber but in 1914 Thomas W. Bicknell, a wealthy eastern author, historian, and Education Commissioner for Rhode Island, offered a thousand-volume library to any Utah town that would rename itself after him.*