Thursday, January 29, 2015
Historical Society Room
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.
SAM DOUGLAS CASE
There are World War I leggings in this case as well as other antiques and mementoes of the Douglas and Hansen families.
JAMES HUISH CASE
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 CASE
O. P. Huish was a musician and this case contains copies of many of his songs.
WILLIAM DOUGLAS CASE
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 CASE
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 CASE
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 WILSON CASE
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.
DE GRAW-HOLLADAY CASE
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
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.