Saturday, January 31, 2015

Spotlight Volunteer--Jennie Ruth Alvey

    Jennie Ruth Alvey

    The Peteetneet Museum has many wonderful volunteers who are willing to share their time and talents at the museum each week.  Each of the Volunteer Tour Guides gives at least three hours a week to conduct tours of our beautiful building.
    Jennie Ruth Alvey is one of those great volunteers.    She was born in the old Payson City Hospital.  She lived in the same neighborhood as the hospital.  Her first two years of school were in the old Taylor School.  Her family then moved out in the west fields of Spring Lake on a dairy farm.  The next five years were spent in the Spring Lake School, with two class rooms for all of the grades.
    She graduated from Payson High in 1961 after which she completed a Comptometer (office machine) course, and a Business/ Office Management course at Utah Vocational School.
     She married Ron Alvey, who she said was and still is the love of her life in 1962.  For the following 52+ years they have lived in approximately a seven-mile radius which she has fondly referred to as her home.
    They built their home on the east bench of Spring Lake in 1973 where they raised their four children.  They sold this home and ventured a couple of miles south to Santaquin in 2007.  Although it was hard to leave their childhood memories and friends, we found there are good people everywhere you go, and love and friendship has no boundaries.
    She started her working career at Payson High School in 1979 where she had the joy of being fully involved in each of their four children, and five of their grandchildren’s school years through graduation.  She retired in 2007 with a myriad of friends and memories she said she will cherish forever.
    Life was never quite full enough she decided, without being involved in community and church service daily.  She appreciated the time I served as Miss Payson director and committee member for more than ten years.  Being a member of the Payson Civic Chorale since 1981 to the present time has brought experiences, opportunities, and friendships that I will treasure forever, and hope I can continue until I feel I can no longer sing, or our dedicated and cherished director David Dahlquist, resigns or asks me to!
    She has served in dozens of callings in the church for more than 56 years, loving them all very much, but primary and young women will always be a priceless joy to her. She loved teaching classes and seminars on “Etiquette and Manners” and “Poise and Personality” for many years to YM/YW groups, and the community school.  She admires and loves the strength and goodness in the youth today. She has  loved being involved in so many of their lives for so very many years.
    She is not sure that she has hobbies as such, but she does have a passion for writing poetry, family stories, and compiling pictured histories on DVDS.  Her family is her greatest joy, each one of them their four children, thirteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren are unique, good, loving, and a treasure that compares to nothing else.
    First of all she emphasized  that she loves  Payson.  Thanks are not quite enough to express how she appreciates the wonderful individuals that touch her life and makes it all worth it.  Volunteering at the Peteetneet has been an enriching and fun experience.  Jennie has also been a volunteer member of the Peteetneet Arts Council.  She has also given much of her time and talents to this group also.
    She expressed her thanks to Helen Scott for asking her to share this wonderful building with others.  The Peteetneet appreciates Jennie for sharing her time and talents at the museum.  It is volunteers like Jennie who makes the Peteetneet the place that it is today.

Volunteer Spotlight--Cara Adams


    Cara Jean Adams

    The Peteetneet Museum has a great number of wonderful volunteers who are willing to share their time and talents at the museum each week.  Each of the Volunteer Tour Guides gives at least three hours a week to conduct tours of our beautiful building.
    One of those volunteers is Cara Jean Adams.  Her family has deep roots in Payson.  She was born in Payson on Ground Hog Day (February 2nd).  Her parents lived on 600 East and 600 South just up the street from the Peteetneet.  Cara attended Kindergarten at Peteetneet and then her family moved to Salem where her father operated a service station.  Their home and stations was located on the highway where we find Salem Hills High School today.
    Ă‡ara then attended Salem Elementary School and the Salem Junior High.  The elementary school and junior high were in the same building at that time.  She attended and graduated from Spanish Fork High School.  She met her “soul mate”, Gary Adams while in high school.  They both graduated the same year.
    After graduation, Gary joined the Air Force and Cara went to Utah State and then BYU.  A year and a half later they were married in the Salt Lake Temple.  Their first home after they were married was in Libby, Montana.  They were then assigned to Hamilton Air Force Base in Northern California.
    When her husband’s tour of duty was completed, they decided to make their permanent home in that area.  They lived there for forty-two years.  Gary was employed by the Petaluma Fire Department.  Cara went back to school at Sonoma State College in Rohnert Park, California.  She then taught school in the Petaluma School District for twenty-five years.
    They raised their three children: Shelly, Stephanie, and Steven in that area.  When their two daughters got married they moved to Utah and their son moved to Southern California.  In 2000, when they retired they returned home to Utah and built a new home.  The home was in walking distance from the home where she was born.  Their home was built on the ground where her Grandfather, James Harvey Jones, had built his barn just south of his home.
    Cara and Gary spent nine wonderful retirement years in their new home.  They were able to see their grandchildren grow up.  They were able to travel to places she never thought they would see.  They traveled to Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean and Mexico.  In July 2009, her husband died after a fall at their home.
    Cara said she misses her husband very much but this is where she wants to be at this time of her life.  They have their three beautiful children and their spouses, 12 grandchildren, and 4 precious great grandchildren.  Cara said she loves Payson and has always felt a connection to Peteetneet.  She is very happy to be able to serve as a volunteer at this time.
    We at Peteetneet appreciate all the Cara the other volunteers contribute to our building.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pioneer and Indian Artifacts

    “Pioneer and Indian Artifacts Collection       

    Pioneer and Indian Artifacts Collection.  When the elevator was installed there was a facelift done to the old janitors storage area.  One of the improvements was the installation of the unique tile floor installed by two of our volunteers at the time, Shirley and Carol Wilson.  The Wilsons integrated some arrowheards and Indian designs into the beautiful floor.  The original rock foundation has been left exposed.
    The artifacts section in the basement level consists of items from the Old Payson Milling Company Flour Mill, farm tools, antique road signs, photos of famous individuals from Western History, antique dolls and furniture.  Room A on the main floor also has numerous examples of antique tools.
    The Indian section of the area contains many examples of Indian artifacts.  There examples of Indian pottery, arrowheads, wall hangings and various other Indian artifacts.
    Many visitors that have viewed the exhibits at Peteetneet have said, “This museum is the best kept secret in Payson.” Let’s not keep it a secret anymore.  Mark your calendars for a visit to the museum and be pleasantly surprised.  The museum open for tours from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM every Monday through Friday.  The last tour begins at 3:00 PM.  Come and meet our volunteer tour guides and learn about our heritage.

Peteetneet School Room

Peteetneet School Room Exhibit

    Education has always been an important part of Payson since its founding in the fall of 1850.  One of the first schools was located in northwest Payson.  Later, each quadrant of the city had a small school.  The southeast part of town had the Done School; the northeast part of town had the Curtis School; the northwest part of the city had the Rock School and the southeast area had the Taylor School.  The first three of these are still standing and now serve as homes for some of our residents, The Payson City deeded the old city gravel pit to the Payson School District  for the purpose of building a new school for the new community.  The Peteetneet School was constructed  in 1901 and classes moved in the January 1902.
    The School Room Exhibit shows how a school room would have looked when the building opened.  The picture of George Washington once hung in every classroom in the building.   The picture demonstrates Pride and Patriotism.
    Boys wore dresses until they were about two years old, then knickers until they were about twelve.  At that time they began wearing their long pant which was the first sign of manhood.  Girls wore black boots and socks with frilly dresses.  Some wore the same dress all week with a different pinafore over it each day.
    The school room exhibits three different types of desks used in the building over the years.
    The Board of Trustees wondered which one of the many teachers who taught in the building from 1902 until 1988.  They come to choose Miss Irene Colvin.  She was the daughter o Levi Alexander Colvin and Mary Alice Curtis.  She was born and raised in Payson.  She only taught for two years before her contract was voided for getting married.  The following list gives the rules of the Female Teacher Contract:

    1.    Teacher is not to get married.  This contract becomes null and void of the teacher marries.
    2.    Teacher is not to keep the company of men.
    3.    Teacher must be home between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 6:00 A. M. unless in attendance at a school function.
    4.    Teacher may not loiter downtown in the ice cream parlors.
    5.    Teacher may not leave town at any time without the permission of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
    6.    Teacher is not to smoke cigarettes or drink wine, beer or whiskey.  This contract becomes null and void if teacher is caught smoking, or drinking wine, beer, or whiskey.
    7.    Teacher may not ride in a carriage with any man except her father or brother.
    8.    Teacher is not to dress in bright colors.
    9.    Teacher may not dye her hair.
          10.    Teacher will not wear dresses more than two inches above the ankle.
          11.    Teacher is to wear at least two petticoats.
          12.    Teacher is to bring a bucket to school to clean and scrub the building every week.

    Miss Colvin’s contract was voided when she married Walter H. Corbett of Provo.  She had three children and then decided to go to London to take a six-month course to study obstetrics.  When she graduated, she was anxious to return home.  She booked passage on the H.M.S. Titanic. On April 15, 1912, the ship hit an iceburg.  Some of the women and children of the first class passage were saved. Irene had booked first class passage but had gone to the second class section to visit a friend from school.  All passengers in this section at the time were locked below.  She was one of fourteen women who perished in the section.  She was the only passenger on the ship from Utah.
    Several years ago, there was a display of artifacts from the Titanic on display in Salt Lake City.  There was a large wall-hanging honoring Irene Colvin Corbett as the only Utah Passenger.  This wall-hanging was left in Salt Lake City at the LDS Family History Center.  When the Family History found out about her connection to Payson and the Peteetneet, they donated it to the Peteetneet.  It is on display in a prominent location in the School Room Exhibit.
    Take a few minutes and visit this outstanding exhibit and all the others located in our museum.  It will be a worthwhile visit for you and your family.

Historical Society Room


    The Historical Room, also known as the Tanner Room, is one of the most interesting exhibits in the museum.  Many of the cases in this room were purchased by individuals or families for the sum of five hundred dollars each.  Each family or individual furnished all the pictures and artifacts that are found in each case and represent things of importance to the family and it influence upon the history of Payson..
    The Payson Historical Society also maintains three cases in the room in which they display rotating exhibits that are changed four times a year.  The rotating exhibit is intended to bring people back into the room often as the other cases in the room remain the same.
    Currently there is a Christmas Village Display that will exhibited until the Christmas Holiday.  This display will add to the festive displays at the museum.  During this same time there will be the Annual Train Show and the beautiful light displays that can be seen on our grounds during the Christmas season.
    At the present time, there is no room for additional family cases in the display area.  If there is anyone interested in purchasing a case, if one becomes available, they can give their name and contact information to Gloria Barnett, President of the Payson Historical Society.

    John Tanner was converted to the LDS Church in New York state.  He was  very wealthy and owned an island with a large estate on it.  John gave all his money to save the Kirkland Temple.
    Thomas E. Daniels was one of the original Payson pioneers.  This case features many of his descendants and family heirlooms.
    Tools belonging to Philo Johnson and German Ellsworth were used in the construction of the Peteetneet School are in the case, It also includes many artifacts and pictures.
    There are wood carvings done by Arthur Daley and many other family momentos.
    Henry Barnett was Payson’s first judge and marshal.  He served 30 years.  His son, Joe, was the first forest ranger in Payson Canyon and helped build the road up the canyon with his sone, Sargent.  F. M. Smith built the bandstand that in a centerpiece in Memorial Park.
    There are World War I leggings in this case as well as other antiques and mementoes of the Douglas and Hansen families.
    This case contains mostly pictures of Huish ancestors.  Several descendants of James was the late Pat Huish Davis, a nurse, and her sister, the late Beth Huish, a local teacher for many years in the schools of Payson.
    O. P. Huish was a musician and this case contains copies of many of his songs.
    William Douglas was a pioneer merchant.  Since the bank was usually closed when he ended his business day, for protection, he carried a cane with a sword in it in case someone tried to rob him.

    Madoline Dixon was a local writer who wrote PETEETNEET TOWN I and II .  She was also the author of several other books.  She was a correspondent for the Payson Chronicle as well as several other newspapers in the state during her career.
    Lee Staheli was a rodeo expert and horse trainer during his career.   He was also a rodeo clown.    He was an entertainer with his many rope tricks her performed well into his 90's.  He worked with many western movie stars in Hollywood. He taught many of them how to rope, ride horses, etc. for western movies.  He developed the outstanding Lee and Jean Staheli Western Room located on the basement level of Peteetneet.
    Franklin Stewart was one of the first new settlers to enter Payson.  He was the third mayor of Payson.  He helped settle the town of Benjamin.  He survived after being struck by a lightning bolt.  Walter Stewart, a Benjamin resident and a descendant was one of the most decorated men in World War II.  He was a pilot and led many bombing raids in Europe during the war.  One of the most famous was his flight of “The Utah Man”, his bomber, was to the refinery bombings in Polesti, Romania.
    Dale was the son of Melvin Wilson, one of Payson’s early school principals and school board members.  Dale trained horses and was also an educator.
    Becky Holladay DeGraw was an early Payson midwife who delivered over 2,000 babies in the Payson area.  Her father was John Holladay.  The town of Holladay in Salt Lake County was named after him.
    Dr. Gordon Taylor is a descendant of a Confederate soldier.  A rifle and other articles of the Civil War Era are in this case.
    Ivan Haskell is a descendant from many early Payson pioneers.  He has a collection of artifacts and genealogy in this case.
    This case contains wedding dresses from member of several prominent Payson families.  The 1920's wedding dress weighs about 25 pounds.  There is also part of a wedding cake on a Hotel Utah plate.
    The law case has photos, badges, weapons, and other items relating to Payson’s history in law neforcement.
    The Doctors Case has photos, medical items, and other artifacts relating to health care during Payson’s history.

    The room also has the photos of all mayors that have served the city.  There are also many photographs of historic Payson.
    We hope visitors will come to the museum and become acquainted with some of the early Payson residents and enjoy the artifacts and information found in the various cases.  The Historical Room in one exhibit you will not want to miss.

Henry Huber Blacksmith Shop


    One of the most important men in early Payson was the blacksmith.  Payson was very fortunate from the time of its founding in 1850 to have the services of numerous blacksmiths available to them through the years.  Among them was Henry Albert Huber.  His shop was located several blocks from the Peteetneet on 200 North near 500 East.
    Several years ago, members of the Huber Family donated much of the equipment from that shop to the Peteetneet.  We now have the Huber Blacksmith Shop as one of our most outstanding exhibits at the museum.
    Henry Albert Huber was born in Payson on May 14, 1879.  He married Emma Hicks and they reared their six children in Payson.  Their children were Earl, Orabell, Marie, Albert, Ernadene and Deon.  Members of the Huber Family have been benefactors of the museum for many years.  We have appreciated not only the donation of items for exhibit but also the monetary generosity of the late Albert Huber made to our museum over the years.  These donations have helped to make our facility that we all enjoy today.
    The term “blacksmith” is derived from the words “black,” meaning black metal and “smite,” meaning to strike hard.  The blacksmith performed a number of services vital to the pioneer community.  The primary service was that of keeping the horse’ hooves in good condition.
    Horses were essential for both work and transportation.  They needed to be shod on a regular basis.  A horse with sore feet could not work.  Good horseshoes, when properly fitted, contributed to the working life of the horse.  Horses needed shoes to protect the hooves.  The blacksmith shaped the shoe to fit the individual horse’s hoof, rasped the hoof, then burned and nailed the shoe on the hoof.
    The blacksmith had a forge where, with the aid of a bellows, he kept his fire hot.  He also had an anvil, which was a sold iron piece on which he could hammer horseshoes fresh from the fire.  Once the shoe was the right shape for the horse’s hoof, it was put into a bucket of cold water to temper the metals and cool them off.  The shoe was then nailed to the hoof of the horse.
    The blacksmith manufactured all kinds of metal items for use in settlers’ homes.  He made everything from nails, to hinges, to axe heads.
    Almost every community had at least one or more blacksmith shops.  The shop was usually near a livery stable (barn).  The main tools of the blacksmith were the forge, the hammer, and the anvil.  Other items in the shop included bellows, tongs,  a vat (tub) for water to cool th heated metal, shears, files and grinders.
    The blacksmith heated metal items in the forge.  He pumped the bellows and forced air through the coals in the forge.  The more he pumped the bellows, the hotter the fire became.  Once the metal (iron) was red-hot, he would use the tongs to hold the metal on the anvil.  He would then hammer the hot metal into different shapes.  He then cooled the metal in the vat of water
    The community relied on the blacksmith to shod (shoe) the horses, to repair a broken ploughshare or wagon.  He was also called upon to repair broken metal tools and equipment.  Some of the items  that a blacksmith made were: ploughshares, door hinges, chains, cow bells, knives, nails, various tools, horse shoes, hooks, wagon parts, pots, pans and tools for the fireplace.
    Take a few minutes of your time and visit the historical and informative Huber Blacksmith Shop at the Peteetneet Museum.  You will find it is time well-spent finding out about our pioneer heritage.

Orson P. Daniels Photo Exhibit

Orson A. Daniels Photo Exhibit

The Peteetneet Museum is honored to have a unique collection of black and white photographs taken by pioneer photographer, Orson Aretus Daniels.  Orson Daniels was born May 31, 1865 in Payson.  He was the son of Thomas E. Daniels and Jane Sheffield.  He went to school in Payson when the teachers were paid in produce from the homes and farms of the students. 
    Orson was a very energetic young man.  He joined with his brother Thomas who was printing a little hometown newspaper and making tin type photographs.  The brothers purchased a little square camera and sheets of tin, nitrate of silver and chemicals from the C. R. Savage Company in Salt Lake City.  The brothers made their negatives on a small piece of glass. The final photographs was then transferred to the tin type.
    Payson was a very small town at that time and the brothers were not able to earn a decent living there as photographers.  In 1885, Thomas and Orson moved the photography business to Provo where their business offered them a brighter financial future.
    They set up a gallery there and became very good in their line of work.  Thomas later entered into electrical work.  Orson had become “hooked” on photography and made it his occupation.                                          
    Orson marred Susan Crandall on December 19, 1887 in Payson.  They later sealed their marriage in the Salt Lake City Temple.  They were the parents of nine children: Clarence A. Daniels, Rolla V. Daniels, Emmett W. Daniels, Laura May Daniels Feriday, Orson A. Daniels Jr., Verna Daniels Cloward, Donna Daniels Edwards, Bertie Daniels Smith.  Orson Jr. was killed in an accident at the Payson Sugar Factory at the age of 18.  His son, Kenneth A. Daniels, lived with his grandparents.
    The first gallery was located on Main Street next to where we find Morganson Frame today.  The building had previously been a meat market operated by Philo Wightman.  He later built a more modern gallery on First South near Main Street.  The buillding still stands and has was later remodeled into a home.
    Not being able to make a good living in Payson, Orson traveled with his business tent and camera to Eurek, Mammoth, Goshen, Park City and other surrounding towns.  Orson made thousands of very fine portraits and scenic views.  His name has gone down as one of the great photographers of his time.  He retired when age slowed him down and he died in his home on February 19, 1955 at the age of 89. 
*The above information was taken from a DUP History written by Stenna C. Daniels in 1974.
    Thanks to Fay Daniels Angus, a descendent of Orson A. Daniels, a room at the Peteetneet has been dedicated to Orson and the Daniel’s family.  There are many excellent examples his photography that was gathered by the family to represent his fine work.  The Arts Department from Brigham University visits the Daniels exhibit each year to marvel at the quality of his work that was sone so many years ago.

Lee and Jean Staheli Western Room


    The Peteetneet Museum is proud to have one of the most outstanding collections of western memorabilia that to the efforts of the late Lee and Jean Staheli.  At entrance to the Western Room is a plaque that reads as follows:
    “We honor our ancestors, the pioneers and cowboys who settled the West, and to Lee and Jean Staheli who kept their memory alive.  Their lives exemplified the courage, dedication, and strength of those who settled the West.  Lee worked with horses all of his life; performing in rodeos, horse shows, and western movies.  Trick and fancy roping was a special art form he helped to develop.”
    The Staheli’s were an admirable couple of many noteworthy accomplishments.  The couple were both natives of Payson.  Lee’s family originally came from Switzerland and he was taught the ethics of hard work and a joy of labor well done.
    Lee’s wife, Jean, was at his side during his long career in the entertainment field.  Jean passed away in 2001 and Lee passed away in 2008.  Lee was almost 92 when he died.
    Lee had three great loves in his life: first was his wife, Jean; second was his family; and third was horses, rodeos, and the western life style.
    Lee spent many hours at the Peteetneet developing and organizing the Western Room that we enjoy today.  He donated many of his personal item or obtained others on loan from friends and associates.  Many of the outstanding items we see on display are sometimes one of kind items.  Lee was very proud of the Western Room and loved to share his love of the west and the way of life of the pioneers and cowboys.
    In the Western Room, we find various types of saddles such as: trick riding saddles, side saddles, children’s saddles.  One saddle of display was won by Lewis Feild one of our local rodeo champions and rodeo legends.
    Payson City donated a bronze statue honoring three of our local World Rodeo Champions.  It is on display in the Western Room during the Christmas holidays but resides on the Main Floor of the building during the rest of the year.
    In January, a stature honoring local World Champion Clown, Troy Lerwill will go on display in the museum.  Troy is known in the rodeo world as “The Wild Child.”
    Lee became close friends with many western artists and many of their pieces are on display in the exhibit area.  You will find paintings, statues, and even a life-size model of a horse.  There is also a collection of photographs that memorialize some of the performances of Lee and Jean and their two sons, Joe and Max.  There is also a collection of western belt buckles and horse training items on display.
    Another area of interest is some of  the items that were part of the famed Donner Party that perished in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  These items were donated by Dale and Gloria Barnett.  Dale’s uncle retrieved the items many years ago while cutting Christmas trees in the area.
    Lee devoted many hours at the Peteetneet organizing and showing the Western Room to visitors.  Neva Christensen, a local artist and horse woman, assisted Lee a great deal with the exhibit.  Those were both outstanding volunteers.  Lee took great pride in Peteetneet and especially in sharing his pride of the west.
    Lee and Jean were a part of a generation that survived the depression and brought victory to our country during World War II.  They knew the value of self-reliance and independence.  These were tough times, and these were tough people.
    The legacy of Lee and Jean Staheli will live on in the Western Room at Peteetneet long after they rode into the sunset seeking their “Happy Trails.”

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Peteetneet Museum Freedom Room


    The Peteetneet Museum is proud to have one exhibit room dedicated to the men and women who through the years have fought for freedom in America and throughout the world.
    The purpose of the exhibit room is to honor the veterans and the sacrifices that they have made in the name of freedom.
    The Freedom Room exhibits are an overview of United States and Utah military history as related to Utah from the march of the Mormon Battalion to the current wars of Iraq and Afghanistan.
    The room has displays on the following conflicts or wars: The Mexican War, the Black Hawk War, the Walker War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
    If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Peteetneet Museum, you ought to take the time to see what has been happening in our Freedom Room.  We are continually adding new items to our displays.  New items are either donated or on loan from generous individuals.  Many former servicemen and women had graciously put many items in our military displays.
    We have many artifacts such as helmets, rifles, uniforms, medals, newspapers, photos, German relics, Japanese relics, as well as artifacts from Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  We recently had two large cases of scale model military aircraft donated for our displays.  This is an exhibit room you will not want to miss.
    The Freedom Room has been developed under the guidance of former PPP President and Payson Historical Society President, Gloria Barnett.  She has worked tirelessly seeking and arranging the displays for a number of years.  We were very grateful to Drew Dockstader and Payson Sports for donating numerous display cases when their business closed when their building was sold to Walgreen for a new drugstore.
    The Freedom Room is an ongoing project that is being added to all the time.  She noted the exhibits consist of many items that commemorate the past and the dedication that many have given so that we may enjoy the many freedoms which we are blessed with.  The exhibit room is our small way to honor the great men and women who fought and even died in the quest for the freedoms we enjoy in America.
    We hope the public and especially the youth become more aware of the various wars in  our country’s history and the brave men and women who served our country so well in these conflicts.
    The Peteetneet Museum wants to continue to show our pride and respect for those who served in the past and those that are also currently serving in all the military branches throughout the world.
    If anyone has any items they would like to donate or loan to the Peteetneet for these exhibits, it would be greatly appreciated.  Contact Gloria Barnett at the museum any Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for further information.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Spotlight Exhibit--Fashion Room


    The Peteetneet Museum has one of the most unusual exhibits of almost any museum in the state.  We have one of our display rooms devoted to the changing fashions of the 150 year span from 1850 to 1990.
    The display is divided into decades beginning with 1850 and going through the 1990's.
Each decade display has examples of clothing and accessories relevant to that time period.  There are examples of pioneer clothing, turn of the century, the Roaring Twenties, Depression Era Clothing, pre and post World War II fashions and well as fashions through the 1990's.
    There are women’s dresses, suits, hats, shoes and every day wear on exhibit.  There are also examples of beautiful gowns worn by Payson royalty in the past.  The men are also represented in the display area as well.
    There is one area of the display room that has attire worn in some Hollywood movies.  There are outfits worn by Doris Day and Sandra Dee.  We also have an original Shirley Temple dress on exhibit.  There are fashions that were also featured in other moves.
    It is hard to put into words the wonderful examples of fashion that we have in the Fashion Room.  Many local people and even some from outside of Payson have donated family heirloom clothing to be display in this wonderful exhibit.
    Some of the clothing may seem strange to us, but then again, maybe our grandchildren will think the same of our current style of dress.  Every era has its unusual and different style of dress.  Maybe in a few years, your current favorite outfit will seem that way to your posterity.
    The fashion room was recently renovated with new paint, new carpeting, and an updated ventilating system.  All of the displays were then rearranged to better display and organized the clothing collection.
    Visit us soon and seen this wonderful exhibit area.  It will bring a smile to your face.

Spotlight Volunteer--Sandra Henrie

    This week we would like to spotlight one of our dedicated volunteers, Sandra Henrie.  Sandra was born in the old Provo Hospital, todays Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.  She said she thought she was a normal child growing up.  She stated that due to her father’s work her family moved every few years to a new city so she said she is from everywhere.
    When she was a Junior attending high school in Panguitch, she met Don Henrie who would later become her husband.  During her senior year, the family moved to Pleasant Grove and she graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 1967.
    Sandra and Don were married in December of 1967.  They are the parents of four daughters and they had ten grandchildren.  They lost two of their grandchildren so they new have eight living wonderful grandchildren left.
    Sandra loves doing crafts in her spare time.  She loves to sew and do embroidery.  She also likes doing plastic canvas articles.
    Sandra loves the association with the great volunteers she associates with every Tuesday afternoon at the Peteetneet.  She enjoys the visitors and guiding the tours through the building.  She said even though she is not a Payson native, she has grown to love the city and the historical items in the museum that are related to Payson and the surrounding area.
    We really appreciate Sandra sharing her time and talents at the Peteetneet.  Without the great volunteers like Sandra, the museum would not be able to operate.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight--Dale and Gloria Barnett

                                PETEETNEET MUSEUM VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
                                                  DALE AND GLORIA BARNETT

            The Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center would like to recognize two or our outstanding volunteers, Dale and Gloria Barnett, The Barnetts have been very civic minded individuals in our community for many years.  They have both been active in many church and civic activities over the years.
            Dale served as a Volunteer Fireman for many years as well as the Utah County Jeep Patrol among some of his civic volunteering.   Dale has served as the vice-president of the People Preserving Peteetneet for the last two years.  He has recently consented to seek the office of the president of the organization in the upcoming election in March of this year.
            Gloria has been a member of many church and civic singing groups over the years.  Many of these groups have performed at community concerts, club gatherings and funerals for many years. 
            Gloria was one of the founding members of the Payson Historical Society.  She is a walking encyclopedia of Payson history.   She served as the president of the organization for eighteen years and then resigned to become the President of the People Preserving Peteetneet where she served faithfully for two yours.  She returned to the presidency of the Historical Society where she has once again served for the last four years.
            Both Dale and Gloria have donated many hours and much of their own money to assist in the development and improvement of the Peteetneet Museum.  Both of them serve on the People Preserving Peteetneet Board of Trustees.
            Dale has been involved in many projects at the Peteetneet. He has lent his expertise as a heating and air-conditioning expert at the Peteetneet since it became a museum.  He has received many state and national awards for his business and civic activities.  He recently donated an old  Spanish Mission bell that an uncle gave to him many years ago.  He oversaw the construction of a monument to display the bell.
            Dale and his company, Payson Sheet Metal, advises the L. D. S. Church throughout the world on the heating and cooling systems in the temples and some other church buildings.  He also serves as a member of the Peteetneet Grounds Committee overseeing the maintenance of the building and grounds.
            Gloria has been involved in the Peteetneet since the establishment of the PPP.  She helped collect materials, design displays and help set up many of the display rooms in the museum.  She recently helped establish the Freedom Room honoring our area military veterans and their supporters.  She is a very dedicated individual to the museum and spends many hours devoted to this Payson landmark.
            The Barnetts are the parents of four children: V. L., Cheri DeGraw (deceased), Sargent and Rusty.  They have sixteen grandchildren and a great many great-grandchildren.
            The couple, both lifelong residents, have represented Payson in everything they have done over their lifetime.  Most of the things they have done, has been done without fanfare but for their love of this community.                                                              
            Dale and Gloria served as Grand Marshals of the Payson Onion Days and Homecoming several years.  This was an honor that this couple rightly deserved.  The Peteetneet Museum feels very fortunate to have these two outstanding individuals giving of their time and talents to the museum.  It is people like the Barnetts that have made the Peteetneet such an outstanding place in the community.



     The imposing Peteetneet School sits on the hill at the east end of Utah Avenue in Payson.  The history of the historic building actually began in 1897.  A that time, there was a question in the community whether another school should be built to replace the four one room schools that were located in the four quarters of the community.  Each of these schools were filled to capacity and needed to be replaced.  The plan was to construct a building large enough to house the first through the eighth grades.
     Payson City officials offered the city gravel bed  on the east side of town to the Payson School District as a site for a new building.  Many citizens felt to location was too far out from the center of the city and it would be a hardship on the students who lived on the west side of town.  The double block was signed over to the school district on April 2, 1897.  There was a clause in the deed that said if the property was no longer used for a school then the  title of the property would revert to Payson City.  When the Nebo School District abandoned the school in 1987, the property reverted to Payson City.
     After the school district accepted the site,  a public meeting was called to discuss bonding to pay for the construction of the new building.  Plans for the building the Victorian style building was designed by a local Utah County architect, Richard C. Watkins.   He also designed the Knight Block and the Maeser School in Provo, and the public school in Spring City.  He also designed the home of C. F. (Jack Dixon) in Payson among other residences.
     John E. Spencer’s sawmill in Payson Canyon supplied lumber for the building.  The red sandstone was quarried in Spanish Fork Canyon.
     After the school was completed, it was named after the Indian Chief Peteetneet who had been very friendly and helpful to the earlier settlers of the community.  The building was built at a total cost of $22,000.   The general contractor for the construction was Henry Erlandson.  He was also in charge of the woodwork in the building.  David P. McDowell contracted to complete the masonry and Bates and Wilde completed the bricklaying.  The building was plastered by Cottrell and Pickering.  John Powell completed painting of the new building.  All of theses individuals were Payson residents.
     The new building had a large belfry but no bell was ever installed.  Charlie Long, local resident,  provided in his will for the purchase of a bell for the school. Mr. Long’s wishes were never fulfilled for the school.
     The completed building opened its doors to students in January 1902.  During the first few years, the building housed students in the first through the eighth grades.  A ninth grade was added in 1905.
The upper grades were gradually moved to other schools as the years passed.  Beginning in 1935, a six-week summer kindergarten was added.  This was later discontinued.  In 1951, a kindergarten was started that was held during the regular school year.
     A hot lunch program was inaugurated in about 1936.  The simple program was expanded over the years and the menu has been vastly improved to help meet the healthy foods required by the students.
A new wing was constructed on the north side of the original building in 1958-59.  The new addition housed a large auditorium and kitchen on the main floor.  The Auditorium doubled as dining area of the lunch room.  The lower floor had three large rooms for other classes and a library.          
     In 1988, due to state and federal safety concerns, the school was abandoned by Nebo School District and the students were moved to newer schools in the city.
     When the property was returned to Payson City, the city wanted to demolish the beautiful, old building and put the grounds to other uses.  Larry Brown and Dr. Gordon Taylor led a group of citizens and formed People Preserving Peteetneet to save the historical building from the wrecker's ball. It was this concerned citizens group who took a stand to preserve this beautiful edifice.
     During the first few years of the restoration, it was not uncommon for many members of the committee and other volunteers to work 8-16 hour days helping to restore and maintain Peteetneet. They were willing to do hard manual work to help restore the building to its original beauty.   There is a video showing the restoration that is available on the internet at
     Through the efforts of Dr. Taylor,  grant monies were obtained to help with the restoration of the building.  Today, Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Centerr is operated as a nonprofit organization by People Preserving Peteetneet.  All donations to the Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center are tax deductible to the individual donors.

Today, the Historic Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center represents an ongoing act of love expressed by the community to all visitors. Not only is it the restoration and preservation of a beautiful historic school building, but it is a gathering place for children and adults who want to enjoy the facility and what it has to offer.  During 2014, volunteers donated almost 12,000 hours of their time to share Peteetneet with the many visitors to the facility.   The museum and cultural arts center was host to over 34,000 visitors during the same year.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Peteetneet Spotlight Exhibit--Victorian Room


    The Peteetneet Museum has one of the most unusual exhibits of almost any museum.   We have one of our exhibits devoted to Victorian Home of the late 1800's.  We have had local residents, former residents and even some outside of Payson donated or lent  many items that could be found in a Victorian home in early Utah.
    Nowhere in the United States can a museum boast of a complete Victorian home inside its walls except at the Peteetneet Museum. Beautiful Victorian furnishings, clothing, art work, musical instruments, household "conveniences," and historic photographs will delight visitors to this exhibit.
    The exhibit is divided into the following areas: the study, the kitchen, the front parlor, the bedroom, the sewing room, the room containing the organ and other musical instruments as well as a child’s playroom area.
    The north wall of this room has photos of many early Payson residents as well various pieces of furniture and household items that would be found in a room of this era.
    The Study has a table with side chairs, fainting couch, calendar and two side dishes, candle sticks and holders, vase, doilies, Pinky and Blue Boy as well as two lithographs on the wall.  The fireplace front was made by Weston Bean and donated to Taylor School.    Each teacher had one in their  room in the old school.  This one  belonged to Elizabeth Huish. The Taylor School donated it to us when the school was torn down.  There is an umbrella that belonged to Brigham Young's daughter-in-law, Anna Marie Roseberry Young.   The fruit in the bowl was made of wax and was made by Selena Bartholomew and her sister Louisa Miller about 1892.  The dishes on the table belonged to pioneer  Stella Harper   There is also a stereoscope, case and pictures were donated by another volunteer.
      The kitchen contains a small table as well as some  chairs that were made in the old Huish Furniture mill one of the early industries in Payson.  The kitchen also as old coal range, cream separator and miscellaneous items that would have been found in a kitchen during this period of time.
    The parlor has a couch that  came from the Fairbanks family.  The couch was recovered by Joan Jones who  also made the velvet drapes in the parlor and music room.   There is a small round table with a flower display that was donated by one of our volunteers.   The chair was donated by Nina Carter. The table and cloth  belonged to German & Christina Ellsworth.  Various other items in the parlor were also donated by friends of People Preserving Peteetneet.
The parlor was only used on special occasions like birthdays, Christmas and for company. Children were only allowed in the parlor at these special times.
    The bedroom appears as it would have during Victorian times.  The bed was donated by Marie Stevenson and is an original pioneer bed. It was in her barn but someone had chopped the headboard post off one side. James Mortensen built us a new one, and donated it.  Dale Barnett put in the spindles. Children did not jump on rope beds as they would break a leg. The saying,     "sleep tight, and don't let the bedbugs bite" comes from just such a bed. If the ropes were not tight,  you woke up with a crick in you neck or back. They had to be tightened quite often as rope stretches. This bed has a feather tick but many pioneers could not afford feather ticks so they were stuffed with straw or corn husks. Thus the bedbugs. The bedspread, linen, pillows, and quilts were donated by Marie and are very old. She also donated the chair and the old chest which are also old. Marie donated the curtains and the crocheted trim on the tops which are old.  The doll on the bed was made and donated by Neva Christensen another longtime volunteer at Peteetneet.  The wash stand was donated by a person who wishes to remain anonymous.  The doll bed was donated by Austin Henry who also donated the items in the Communications Room.
    The sewing room contains an old treadle  sewing machine.   The pioneers made all their clothes by hand. When the sewing machine came on the scene, it was so expensive that only a few could afford them.  Dresses were made by hand and then taken to someone who had a machine to put in the hem so everyone could see they could afford to have their dress hemmed. Today, it is just the opposite, dresses are made by machine and hemmed by hand so the stitching will not show.   There are wooden spools with cotton thread that was used on the machine. Today, spools are plastic with polyester and cotton thread.
    The room also has a wooden  ironing board and old-fashioned irons.  The irons were heated on the stove.   When the housewife began to iron, she left  one iron  on the kitchen stove to heat, and she used the other one until it became cold.   All clothing was made of cotton and needed to be ironed. No respectable lady could be seen with a wrinkle in her frock or her families clothing. It is quite different today.
    The sewing room also contains an old dress form.  There is also an old vacuum in the rooms.  You crank the handle to make the suction at the bottom work. Many rugs were taken outside and beaten with a special switch to clean.
    The Music Room has an old pump organ and stool are on loan from the Ray Wilson Family. There is a photo of the Huish Band.  On the table  is an old  violin and horn. The violin was made in 1912 and belonged to George Patten. The gold flower stand was donated by Gloria Barnett.
    The Child’s Room has a sampler above the door as well as plastic doll stroller and doll.  On a shelf you will see examples of baby shoes and a baby dress. There is also a small table and chairs, a child’s  cupboard, a doll bed and doll, a doll buggy and doll.  There are also numerous antiques toys that are also found in the room.
    The north wall contains artifacts such as several examples of old fashioned washing machines, sewing machines, furniture and photos of many former pioneer members of the community.
    The glass cases in the middle of the floor contains  dresses, capes, coats, shoes, and etc. are all marked with tags telling who owned them.   Many of the items in these cases are on loan from local families but many have also been donated to the museum.
All of the beautiful items in the Victorian home were donated by residents and former residents of the community.
    Take a little of your time and visit the historical and informative museum that is in our community.  We are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. and the admission is free.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight--Georgia Mills

   The Peteetneet Museum is staffed by volunteers who oversee the operation of the museum.  The volunteer tour guides are some of the most important the volunteers.  The are the daily face of the museum.  These volunteers donate at least three hours a week, some do even more, sharing their time and talents with the visitors to the museum.  The museum could not operate without these wonderful people.  During the last year, the volunteers donated over 9,000 hours.
    One of our busiest  volunteers is Georgia Mills.  She serves as one of the two Volunteer Co-ordinators over the Tour Guides.  Georgia was  born and raised in Salt Lake City.  She  graduated from South High and then the University of Utah.  She graduated in the field of Elementary Education and taught for nine years.  For a while I was a stay-at-home mom until mission time for her children came.  She then went back to teaching as a substitute to get the needed skills polished up.  She was told she  would need to go back to a second-year level of employment.  She felt that she couldn’t take the pay cut going from a teacher with nine years experience to the pay level of a second year teacher.  She decided that she would not return to teaching and she became  trained on the computer.
    She met her husband at the U o f U and waited for him while he served his mission to the Canada Toronto Mission for the L. D. S Church.  She and her husband  are the parents of five children: 4 boys and 1 girl.
    I joined a temporary employment agency for a short time and then was hired as an Executive Secretary for Kennecott Utah Copper.  She retired from this position after about 13 years. 
    She and her husband served two Service Missions together in the West Valley area where they lived for about 44 years.  Her husband  passed away in 2003 and Ishe then then served three more missions as a single sister.  The first one was to the Fiji Islands where she taught  piano classes in the LDS Church College.  The second mission was to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and then to Nauvoo.  She later fell in love with Payson upon her return from Nauvoo and decided to buy a home here. 
    Georgia said she  truly appreciates the friendships she have gained through all of the volunteers who serve at Peteetneet.  Each one of them is dedicated and does a super job of serving those who come to tour or just gain travel information.  We extend thanks so much to each one of the volunteers and their service and friendship.

Friday, January 16, 2015


  The Peteetneet Museum is currently seeking volunteer tour guides for the museum.  If you can give three hours a week, we would love to have you join us.  We are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.  Shifts are available from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM and 1:00PM until 4:00 PM. 
  Come and meet some wonderful volunteers that you would be associating with each week.  If you are unable to commit to a full shift each week, we also need volunteer substitute tour guides that will fill-in when one of the regulars is unable to be there for their regular shift. 
  If you are interested, contact Georgia Mills or Brenda Reed at the Peteetneet Museum on Thursday mornings by calling  801-465-9427 or 801-465-5265.  You may call any other day and leave your name and telephone number and you will be contacted.