Quick highlights from the journalist history of Franklin County over the past 100 years Taken from the newspaper archives of the Franklin County Citizen and Preston Citizen.
25 Years Ago, June 8, 1994
D-Day, 1944; Omaha Beach, Normandy; Bremen Germany. All of this is remembered by Malcolm Denton of Treasureton, who served in the Naval SeaBees from 1943 to 1945. He was on Omaha beach, Normandy shortly after D-Day, and was in Bremen, Germany, when the Germans surrendered one year later, May 8, 1945. He now hoists an American flag that had proudly waved from the mast of a sunken ship off Omaha Beach.
The moto cross season officially got underway in Franklin County. The Twin Lakes motocross park race of the season was also their biggest race ever. The track hosted over 600 racers. Over 2,000 spectators came, making it the biggest race the track has ever hosted.
Tuesday, May 24, 1994, was not a good day at 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue. Early election returns were unsettling. Then, by midnight, the returns were devastating. It was a day of jubilation for Republicans. History has demonstrated again that politicians both come and go. Tom Blair said it: “Politicians, like diapers, should be changed often. And for the same reason.”
Franklin County Deputies Dave Matthews and Dave Fryar each earned recognition during the monthly meeting of the Franklin VFW. Matthews earned his award for saving the life of a person stranded on the railroad tracks. Matthews was struck by a train while trying to free the trapped man. Fryar was recognized for his involvement with the youth, and the work he has done in the schools for the Drug Free program. Also recognized was fire chief Mike Lower for his volunteer service in the county.
50 Years Ago, June 12, 1969
Ernest Eberhard Jr., former mayor of Preston and bishop of the First Ward, was awarded an honorary doctor of humanities degree at graduation exercises at Brigham Young University. Currently director of religious education and in-service training--secondary and elementary levels, Mr. Eberhard began his career with the Department of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion in 1934 as a teacher at the Preston seminary where he served later as principal for nearly 20 years.
Scott Christensen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Christensen of Fairview, received a registered Holstein heifer calf from the dairy herd of Brigham Young University for his outstanding achievement in the KSL Dairy Calf Contest.
“Yanqui Go Home!” Everywhere Rockefeller’s reception was humiliatingly unfriendly and frequently hazardously hostile. If our President wants to know “what the people of Latin America are thinking,” our State department has eyes and ears on the scene better prepared and less susceptible to purposeful distortion than Gov. Rockefeller’s. -- Paul Harvey
One of the top dairy herds in the area is run by Horace Haworth and his son, Robert. As of this month, the Haworths were milking 110 cows and in June they overflowed their 1,000 gallon tank. They milked 5,200 pounds of milk which is an average of 50 pounds per cow.
No sodas made on Sundays was the ruling back in the 1890’s. Which led to a delicious loophole -- ice cream with syrup only, no soda water. Christened the “sundae” it became a treat any day of the week, any time of the year.---but especially in summer when “they all scream for ice cream.”
75 Years Ago, June 15, 1944
A frantic plea was issued by beet growers and the Franklin county Emergency Farm Labor committee for help. “Save the Beet Crop” is the call now and the situation in this county is more serious than it was a week ago. With 3.71 inches of precipitation so far this month of June and the continued storming this week it has forced the beet thinning into a still later stage and the situation demands immediate assistance if the crop is to be saved.
When the heavy wind storm hit Whitney last week, damage was done. A large tree in the front of Wesley Beckstead’s home was blown over, falling on the corner of the roof and doing considerable damage. A huge silver poplar tree west of Orval Benson’s house was pulled up, and two other trees partly blown over. Five poles of a telephone line along the eastern street were blown over, while numerous sheds and small buildings were ruined or blown away.
A variety of games can be played -- croquet, badminton, tennis, shuffle board, checkers, softball, table tennis. Investigations are under way to find a suitable place for roller skating and also for a nearby camping spot. If enough interest is shown an attempt will be made to organize a girls’ softball league.
100 Years Ago, June 12, 1919
Girls and their parents please take warning. Girls are not safe on our streets after dark, unless accompanied by companions capable of protecting them. Two instances are reported this week of girls being not only followed, but chased by strangers to them, in one instance the chase was followed up by men in an automobile, and it was only by luck or accident that the girls escaped.
We can’t afford to fight each other. When American soldiers were engaged with Germans in decisive battles that turned the tide in favor of the allies and won the war, what would have happened if one company of Yanks had become peeved at another and begun shooting into it? What would have been the result if the sons of American rich men, and there were many of them, had begun shooting into the ranks of American poor boys, and there was a lot of them, or vice versa? Germany would have won, and today the allied nations would be suing a merciless victor for a humiliating peace.
Chas. Pinson, the electrician, is exhibiting a beautiful street lighting lamp at the front of his store. The large pillar is made of reinforced concrete, and it presents a majestic appearance. The weight of the pillar is 2,200 pounds.