Hello, wonderful Fairview neighbors. I have the pleasure of welcoming you to the Fairview Rural Route column. I hear wedding bells, babies and cows.

Tony and Lanae Seamon’s son Chet married long-time girlfriend, Jenefer Arreloa. Their sweet and perfect day was held in their back yard with white and ivory tulle hanging from nine-foot shepherd hooks that Alyssa Rueda fabricated and welded in Mary Jo and Ellis Roberts’ barn. The backdrop and many of the decorations of this wedding were put together by the groom and his brother, Andy, and friends, including Zac and Charity Jeppson. The wedding was officiated by Tyler Nelson a long-time friend of Chet who received his ministry license on-line. Tyler did a beautiful job. Chet and Jenefer’s young daughter dutifully tossed flower petals.

Those 12 nine-foot shepherd hooks were made when Alyssa was 16-years-old last year. She is on the fast track to graduate from Franklin County High School this year and attends Bridgerland Tech College. Alyssa also works construction for a local builder, as well as at Caspers. She is quite ambitious and many people are appreciative of her skills.

Her wedding props have been used for several weddings. They are being used for Stacy Rodriguez’s wedding to Tyler Raymond on July 19, at the local pavilion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is the daughter of Rosa and the late Samuel Rodriguez. Brother Cristian Rodriguez stepped in to take Dad’s place. Bishop Brett Stewart from the Fairview Second Ward is the new president of the South Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and will be marrying this couple.

Sherrie and Randy Hobbs are soon to be grandparents! Priscilla Hobbs, who married Michael Nugent last year, expects a baby girl any day now. Austin Hobbs has been busy at work in college and has received academic achievements placing Austin on the dean’s list. Congratulations!

John & Michele Griffeth’s daughter Jessica has announced that she will marry Benjamin Grant Sandberg.

My own daughter Charity White married Zac Jeppson and they, too, are expecting their first child, Sterling. That makes 20 grandchildren from my 10 children!

The community of Fairview is actively preparing for trek just weeks away.

Thanks to my neighbors for keeping their ears to the ground and hearts open and their hands always willing to serve. Feel free to contact me with Fairview news at peace.courage@gmail.com.



The annual Dayton Fourth of July Celebration started the festivities off with a Flag Raising Ceremony, followed by breakfast. A one-mile Fun Run and a 5K race were run. At the Dahle Fine Arts Center Richard and Sue Reeder were announced as the Grand Marshall for the parade. Graves, Misty Henderson, and Christy Thompson, emceed a patriotic program. The Dayton Ward Choir sang “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Jackson Waechtler sang a vocal solo “God Bless the USA,” Rachel Terrazas sang the military version of “Halleluiah,” honoring local servicemen past and present by showing slides; Derek Gunderson, guitar soloist, and a children’s choir sang a medley “White House” and “Can You Guess My Name?”

After lunch and the parade, there were games, a bounce house, turkey shoot, and a fish pond stocked with live fish to catch were enjoyed, as was the fire department spraying down the crowd. At about 3 p.m. the wind and rain came and the crowd disbanded for the day. The candy drop was cancelled.

Megan Casperson taught the Dayton Ward Activity Days girls how to make tie tacks out of plastic for Father’s Day. They also had a father/daughter activity the Saturday before Father’s Day at Ghosted CrossFit owned by Jenny Graves in Dayton. They had a picnic afterward.



On July 13, the family of Aletha and C. Wallace Chatterton, Jr., known as “Junior,” held their reunion in the Franklin City Park. Of the 10 original Chatterton children, the following were in attendance: daughters Hope Mylroie, Judy Daley, Wendy Perry, and Tammie Hooper, as well as son-in-law Stan Rawlings (Pauline) and daughter-in-law Debbie Chatterton (Steve), plus descendants. The yearly gathering always includes an auction of donated and hand-made items to fund the lunch sandwiches and prizes. The big winner this year was great-great grandson Luke Foster, who took home an outdoor cooker. A variety of potluck dishes contributed to the luncheon which preceded the afternoon games and family time.

High Adventure is highly appropriate for the adventure the Franklin First Ward Teachers and Priests participated in from July 10 – 13. Wednesday they travelled to Browne Lake and fished before touring the inner workings of Flaming Gorge Dam on Thursday. Leaving Dutch John Camp with its private dock on Friday, they commandeered three rafts on the Green River down to Little Hole. The 15 young men from Franklin were chaperoned by leaders Kyle Wood, Chance Randall, Kirby Chatterton, Sean Hokanson, Shawn Morrison, Steve Jeppson, Bishop Glen Kirkbride and his son-in-law Easton Dyer.

Each Wednesday during the month of June, children gathered at the Franklin Relic Hall under the direction of Jill Hobbs for activities related to Idaho history. The number of participants ranged from 12 — 30 with a variety of topics. JoBeth Morrison led the group in music, Sherrie Rallison volunteered dance, Tess Titensor from the Franklin County Medical Center talked about exercise and nutrition including tasty treats, and Hobbs used the Indian Traveling Trunk from the Idaho Historical Society to demonstrate Indian crafts. The summer program was a new, interactive way to involve children in “Rails Into the West.” Susan Hawkes reported that attendance at the museum during the month of June, which also included Idaho Days, soared above 1,000 visitors.

Cub River


Mapleton Ward sustained a new Bishopric Sun., July 14. Doug Leffler is the new bishop, Blair Knapp the first counselor and Rick Hydrick is the second counselor. Released were Bishop Kyle Knapp, and counselors, Jim Hull and Doug Leffler.

A fundraiser dinner for the Young Women in the Mapleton Ward was served on Sat., July 20 at the ward building, to raise money for camp next year.The Cub River Ward Young Women leaders and 26 girls (Beehives, Mia Maids and Laurels) spent four days at Cinnamon Creek for the Franklin Stake Girls Camp June 11-14. Cub River Ward put on a skit about Cinderella with Lucifer, the cat, and ministering mice. The girls enjoyed going to Porcupine Dam where they went kayaking, hiking, and swimming. They had a devotional every morning and evening and a testimony meeting at night around the campfire. The following week for their activity, they took a thank you gift, a Box of Sunshine, with everything yellow in the box, like lemonade, lemon treats, and notebooks, to their ward camp directors, Julie Pearce and Nicole Kirkbride.

Mink Creek


It is a joy to hear the county mosquito abatement trucks come patrolling our entire community. Dirt roads, paved roads, they hit all the places that might be spots where the bad guys may lurk. We appreciate their efforts on our behalf.

A trio of young ladies have moved into our village. Laura Cheney, Cindy Hanson and Amanda Sidwell are renting a home from Richard Free, establishing community connections while anticipating the building of a home to be constructed on the western slopes of Strawberry Creek.

It is so good to have Mary Jean Rasmussen back home. After the death of her husband, Larry, she spent some time in the northwest with Larry’s brothers and their families. Her daughter Terry Carr and granddaughter Courtney Carr traveled with her. They had fun at a surprise birthday party for Brent Ramussen in Deer Park, WA. Courtney Carr has been in the Mission Training Center in Provo, UT and will soon be on her way to serving a mission in Ohio. Mary, with her son Kim and Terry recently went to Sacramento, CA, to attend the funeral of a great aunt. While there they were reconnected with 12 cousins. Traveling is good, but it is nice to be home.

Jared and Juli Egley took some time off and celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with a trip to Isla Murjes, Mexico and its coast and beaches. It was timed just right before Jared would be caught up in the production of hay with his parents, Kent and ReNae and brother Matt at Egley Farms.

The Bill and Marie Aupperlee home has been purchased by Roxy and Mac DeVries, formerly of Franklin, ID. They are the parents of a little girl, Adalyn, and the proud owners of two dogs. Mac drives a big-rig semi and Roxy is employed in Smithfield.

As usual our community is host to multiple summer visitors, some with a quick overnight stay, others visiting relatives and soaking up life in these green mountains.



With the stake Trek scheduled for July 29-August 1, a fireside was held recently for the leaders, youth, and their parents. The Young Women in the Weston 2nd Ward visited the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum in Preston in further preparation for Trek.

The Weston 2nd Ward Young Women provided service in their community by cleaning a yard and delivering cookies to the widows. They held their girls camp starting on July 10. Rather than staying overnight, they choose to do daily activities at Willow Flats, so the younger girls (Beehives) were able to attend. They went on a hike, played in the water, learned how to make tie-dye shirts, made S’mores and had a watercolor class taught by Camille Keller, Mia Maid advisor. Sheryl Goodie, a ward member, was the guest speaker for one of the nights. The bishopric attended and provided dinner one night and held a testimony meeting.

Condolences go to the family of Ione Burbank Cottle, born in Weston, Idaho, in 1924. She passed away on July 4, at the age of 94.



Well, I certainly didn’t see this coming when I contemplated last week what I would be putting in my column for this week…Mormon Crickets. Really?? Yes, alive and well in Clifton and Dayton. These things are so gross! They are the size of a small mouse, a dark red in color, and did I say it already? GROSS!

They are in our fields, on our houses, porches, garages, barns, and all over the roads, too. We have lived in Clifton about 40 years and I’ve never heard of them, except in pioneer days in the Salt Lake valley. Where have they been? We have fought them with two plane drops of the insecticide, and lots of bait that resembles Tic-Tac breath mints. Our grandchildren have resorted to taping duct tape between the tops of their pipe moving boots and their Levis to prevent the “things” from getting down inside their boots. Our daughter has received many phone calls from curious onlookers wanting her permission to drive onto their farm to check these creatures out. I have suggested she charge admission to help pay for the bait to try to eradicate them.

One sweet thing that has come out of this was our grandchildren praying for seagulls like the pioneers did many many years ago, and seeing them in very large numbers flying in their fields the next day — the faith of a child! A sign in Papa Jay’s store read “Mormon Crickets, 10 for $1, while supplies last.” Attention grade schoolers working on insect collections, get your crickets while the getting is good. Your mothers will love having them dead in a bag in their freezer!

As if crickets weren’t enough, the rattlesnakes are also alive and well — four that I’ve heard of just this week in town. Shorty Beckstead had one by his front door and it was really fat! Do snakes eat Mormon crickets??

Well, on to happier things. Congratulations to Seth and Keegan Mosey and Jared and Laura Moyle as they each have a new baby daughter.

That does it for life in Clifton this week. Excuse me while I go and read a book about how our pioneer ancestors survived life in the desert of Salt Lake. They were much braver than I.