100 years ago
September 19, 1919
Tabernacle’s Dedication was Largely Attended
The beautiful new tabernacle of the Montpelier Stake of Zion was dedicated last Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with very impressive services. Fully two thousand men, women, and children, representing all the wards of the stake, were in attendance. So many were present at the services in the afternoon that a number were forced to stand. That this meeting, as well as the meetings held at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., was attended by people from the outlying wards, was evidenced by the large number of automobiles which were parked outside, there being over 100 cars at each of the three meetings.
The dedicatory service was opened by President Ed C. Rich who gave a short talk thanking all those who had contributed in any way toward the creation of the building. He also took occasion to thank the businessmen of the city who were not members of the Church but who donated so liberally toward its erection.
The most notable address of the afternoon service was that by President Heber J. Grant of Salt Lake who dwelt at length on the admiration he holds for the people of the Montpelier Stake for the devotion they had shown towards their chosen faith in the erection of this tabernacle; that faith like theirs can accomplish worlds of work. He told how in his travels he had seen the minds of big men of the world change to love for those of the Mormon faith – that the L.D.S. Church has a big part to play in the every day life of the United States and that it would be able to hold its own successfully because of the trueness of the people and their faith in their belief.
After his address President Grant said the dedicatory prayer, asking that the building always be devoted to the noble work for which it was intended.
D.C. Kunz pronounced the benediction which closed the afternoon session.
75 years ago
September 21, 1944
Rainbow Trout are Planted
A load of 14,500 Rainbow fish, 4 to 6 inches in length, were released Wednesday in Montpelier Creek, and another load of 65,000 natives released in Georgetown, Sage, and Crow Creeks, reported Conservation Officer Dana Messenger.
The planting in Montpelier Creek yesterday brought the total to 25,000 and completes the scheduled planting for that stream this year. Other streams under the jurisdiction of Officer Messenger will receive plantings this fall.
50 years ago
The News Examiner
September 18, 1969
Exposition Train Reveals History – Antique Locomotives Star in Display
Scheduled hours for viewing the Union Pacific Railroad Golden Spike Centennial Exposition train are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, directly in front of the depot in Montpelier.
A century of railroad and western American progress is the story told by Union Pacific Railroad’s Golden Spike Centennial Expo train.
Recreating a portion of the century old Promontory scene will be the star attractions of the Expo train, a pair of shy red and black antique steam locomotives. These iron horses are almost identical to the two locomotives – UP’s engine No. 119 and the Central Pacific’s Jupiter – that faced each other when the last spike was driven in 1868. The two exhibit steamers ride pilot-to-pilot Promontory style, on a modern, high-speed articulated flat car.
The property of Paramount Pictures, the two old steamers were loaned to Union Pacific for the exhibit. Both engines starred in the 1939 motion picture “Union Pacific” and many times since in other films and television. They have been painstakingly restored by UP crews for the centennial celebration.
Also on loan from Paramount and a part of the show are an old coach and three 90-year-old cars – a derrick car, blacksmith car, and boxcar. The four old cars are also getting a soft ride on the three, modern roller-bearing, shock-protected container flatcars. The old equipment sits on 60-pound rail and ties, similar to the track that was laid on the original Union Pacific.
An orange and tan colored mobile display car with a circus flavor on the outside completes the Expo show. Inside the display car, 19 exhibits executed for Union Pacific by the Nebraska State Historical Society, graphically spell out the history of the progress of the railroad and the West from the very first surveys to the modern diversified, transportation-based Union Pacific.
25 years ago
September 28, 1994
Kings Day to be Held at Beach
Rendezvous Beach Campground, located 10 miles south of Garden City, will be the sight for this year’s King Frederick’s Day celebration to be held Oct. 1 to 2.
Game hawking, archery tournament, chess tournament and talks by nationally known falconers will all be part of the celebration.
The event was named for the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen who was a devout falconer. 1994 marks the 800th year of his birth (1194-1256). Emperor Frederick is recognized by historians for many innovative and intellectual achievements during his reign, but his greatest love was falconry. His book, De, Art Venandi Cum Avibus, remains today as one of the most comprehensive pieces of falconry literature ever compiled.
Events begin the morning of Oct. 1 with game hawking (falconry duck season opens in Utah on Oct. 1) and archery competition in the afternoon. The day concludes at 7:30 p.m. with talks by Dr. Heinz Meng, one of the world’s foremost experts on peregrine falcons and Col. S. Kent Carnie, curator of the Archives of American Falconry in Boise.
October 2 events begin in the morning with game hawking and a chess tournament, concluding in the late afternoon with a falconer’s dash, group photo and more game hawking.
The event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Utah Falconer’s and Raptor Breeders’ Association (UFRBA).