Sunday, February 15, 2015

Peteeetneet Spotlight Exhibit--Queen's Display


    The Peteetneet Museum is very fortunate to have a large collection of past celebration Queens for over 100 years.  There were various queens chosen for various events in the past.  Even though out first queens for the Payson Homecoming and Onion Days did not begin until about 1930, we do have photos of earlier queens chosen for other events. 
    In the beginning, there was a Homecoming Queen and a Miss Payson as well as their attendants selected each year.  Later, it was decided to have only one queen the attendants to represent Payson in the annual Homecoming celebration.  In later years, Miss Payson reigned as the city royalty as well as the Queen of the Payson Onion Days and Homecoming.
    The Queen’s Display is located on the south wall of the auditorium as well as some of the later one being displayed in the hallway adjacent to the auditorium. 
    It is interesting to view each of the photographs and notice the various changes in the style of dress as well as the changing hair styles.
    Visit the museum and view the photos of the past Payson Royalty and the other displays in the museum.  You can also visit us online at and take an information tour of our various display areas.  Be sure and visit us soon.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Permanent Art Collection


    The Peteetneet Museum is very fortunate to have a permanent art collection in our building.  We have over 60 pieces of oil paintings, prints, and sculptures.  Many of the oil paintings and prints are located on the various floors of the building as well as the Western Room and the Permanent Art Collection Room.
    As you enter the room housing many of our pieces you will not a bronze plaque that dedicates this room to Lola Oldroyd, the wife of Dr. M. L. Oldroyd.  The plaque reads as follows:

Lola Olson Oldroyd–Mother
October 9 1904-February 16, 1961
She picked us up a thousand time
Yet never let us down unselfishhly, supporting
others, an iron hand
in a velvet glove...
The Epitome of Love
We fondly dedicate this room to
our mother and yours
Marilyn, Jay, Mark

    This room houses beautiful pieces of art hanging on all of the walls.  There is a large grand piano that dominates the front of the room.  It is a very restful, inviting room in which to relax and enjoy the beautiful art work or a small intimate recital or concert area.   This room is also utilized by several of our local civic clubs.
    Many other wonderful paintings hang of the walls of the various floors of the building.  Several sculptures are located on the main and upper floors as well as in the Lee and Jean Staheli Western Room.
    If you haven’t visited Peteetneet, make it a point to visit and enjoy a few restful, inviting moments enjoying our art collection.  In addition to our permanent collection, the Peteetneet Arts Council also host a rotating art exhibit in the Art Gallery on the Main Floor.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Reed J. Money, Jr.

In Memory of Reed J. Money, Jr.

    It is with a heavy heart that the Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center notes the passing of one of our greatest supporters.  Reed J. Money Jr., age 86 of Payson, Utah.  Reed passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Central Utah Veteran’s Home  surrounded by his family
    Reed was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, proud veteran and special friend to everyone that had the opportunity to associate with him
    He was a past president and longtime member of the People Preserving Peteetneet Executive Board and the Board of Trustees.  He also served as the treasurer for many years for the organization.  If something needed to be done or help was needed on a project at the museum, Reed was always one of the first ones to volunteer to help in any way that he could.  He was one of the many supporters of the Peteetneet that made it the place that it is today.  He will be sorely missed by the Peteetneet and the volunteers that serve there.
    Everyone at Peteetneet always thought of Reed as “A Gentlemen’s Gentleman.”  He was always so friendly and had a smile and a kind word for everyone he came in contact with.
    Reed was born on November 11, 1928 in Riverside, California to Reed and Ella Viertel Money. He graduated from Payson High School. Shortly after graduation, he joined the US Navy, where he served his country in the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge, Reed met the love of his life, his wife of 59 years, Anna Buccola. They were married on April 14, 1956, in El Sereno California. Their loving partnership will leave a legacy for all of their posterity.
    Reed worked for Chevrolet in Southern California after his marriage until a call came from his father to ask him to move his young family and relocate in Payson, Utah to manage the family hardware business, Chase Lumber later renamed Money Promart Hardware.
    The move to Payson resulted in many opportunities to serve the community. Reed served as Payson City Councilman, Mayor Pro-Tem. He was the leader of the committee that was awarded a bicentennial government grant that allowed for the building of the Payson City Swimming Pool. He served on the Board of Directors for Mountain View Hospital, a long time volunteer for the Payson Salmon Supper. He served two terms as President of the People Preserving Peteetneet (Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center). He also coached many youth sports teams always emphasizing fair play and good sportsmanship. Reed was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    He is survived by his best friend and wife Anna, his sister Doreen Tanner brother Richard (Lynda). His children Ken (Mina), Karen Maestas (Ron), Dan (Kristen), 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
    Reed and Anna have set a remarkable example of dedication and support, following their children and grandchildren in many different activities. They could always be seen, no matter what type of weather, with their folding chairs side by side at ball games, dance reviews or any other activities their family was involved in.
    The family expresses gratitude for the tender care given to Reed during his time at Central Utah Veterans Home. The love and care he received there have made the attendants feel like members of the Money family.
    Funeral services will be held Monday, February 9, 2015,  11:00 a.m. in the Payson, Utah Page LDS Chapel, 711 South 600 East. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100

Monday, February 2, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight--Sue Wilson


    The Peteetneet Museum is so thankful for all the wonderful volunteers who serve at the museum each week.  Most of the volunteer tour guides volunteer at least three hours each week and many of them come in and work for other volunteers if they are unable to cover their shift.
    One of our fantastic volunteers is Sue Wilson.  Sue volunteers every Thursday afternoon each week.  Sue is a lovely southern girl who was born in Bluefield, Virginia.  When she was quite young, her family moved bo Bluefield, West Virginia where she grew up and attended school.
    After graduation from high school she then attended a business collage to obtain her education.  She then obtained employment with the Navy Department in Washington, D. C. as a typist.  While she was working in Washington, D. C. she met her future husband, Grant Wilson, at church.  After about a year of courtship they traveled to Salt Lake City and were married in the Salt Lake Temple.
    She and her husband made their first home in Maryland where her husband finished his schooling and worked for the government.  Her first three children were born in Maryland.
    Her  husband’s position  with the government then took them to Missoula, Montana.  While they were living there, a fourth child joined their family.
    The government then transferred her husband to Las Cruces, New Mexico where they lived for several years.  Her husband’s employment then took them to Albuquerque, New Mexico for about four years.  They lived in a small town just outside Albuquerque called Los Lunas.  They lived on twenty-two acres and really enjoyed trying to be “part-time farmers,”
    When her husband retired from government service, he wanted to make just one more move.  That was when they moved to Payson.  She has never been really sure how they landed here since they did not ever know anyone at all in the area.
    After their move, they worked in the Temple for many years.  They enjoyed this calling a great deal.  Sue became a volunteer at Peteetneet about 2010.  She loves the beautiful building and has really enjoyed her service at the museum.  She said she has met and made friends with some very special people since she became involved her.
    The Peteetneet Museum has really appreciated the positive influence that Sue brings to her volunteer service and she is greatly appreciated. 

Volunteer Spotlight--Paula Stallings


    Paula was born in Payson on January 16, 1947.  She lived in Salem until her father passed away in 1960.  He family then moved to Guadalajara, Mexico (Old Mexico).  She lived there until she graduated from high school in 1966.  She then returned to the United States to attend college.  She obtained her degree in accounting.
    She married Lewis Stallings from Mapleton in 1972.  They and they had three wonderful children and a number of grandchildren, who we are sure she “never”spoils.  She is very involved with her children and grandchildren and does a lot of things with them.
    Lewis and Paula went into partnership with John and Jana Wicker.   They opened and operated Payson Tire on 200 South and 100 West in Payson.  John later was injured in an accident.  They then sold their share of the business to the Wickers.  After they  left the tire business and Lewis returned to school and became a RN.
    Paula began working for Central Distributing for Boyd Cobbley.  Central Distributing owned the Mr. G’s Convenience Stores and Budget Fuel that later became Fuel America.  Fuel America was later sold to Flying J and the Mr. G’s stores were sold to Circle K Convenience Stores.
    Paula then embarked on a new career at Nestle’s (Stauffers) in Springville in the accounting department for a number of years.  She has also worked at the Daily Herald and Mountain View Hospital.
    When her husband became ill, she retired to care for him.  He passed away in 2009.  After her husband passed away, she liked being retired so she did not return to work.  Through a mutual friend who was a volunteer at Peteetneet, she decided to also volunteer as a tour guide at the museum.  She has enjoyed being around people and making many new friends while serving as a volunteer.  She really enjoys spending some of her time serving in this capacity.
    Paula enjoys reading and doing handwork.  She has become involved with the Cultus Club.  Many of her fellow volunteers are also members of this civic club.
    We have been so appreciative and Paula and the wonderful job she does as a volunteer.  She brings a special presence and positive feeling when she comes into our building.

Volunteer Spotlight--Sue Jolley

    Sue Ellsworth Jolley

    This week we would like to spotlight one of our wonderful volunteers, Sue Ellsworth Jolley.  Sue was born and raised in Payson and is the daughter of the late Howard and Marilyn Ellsworth.  She attended school in Payson and graduated from Payson High School.
    Sue married Stewart Jolley from Santaquin.  They lived in San Jose, California for 31 years  where Stewart was employed by IBM.  They raised their two children, Kevin and Debbie in the Silicon Valley area.  Sue was a kindergarten teacher and taught school for 12 years.  She  then decided to go to nursing school and get her nursing degree.  She spent the reminder of her time in California employed as a nurse in several different doctor’s offices.
    When her husband retired, they returned to Utah in 1995.  They built them a home in Elk Ridge.  Sue had to opportunity to return to nursing and she worked for Dr. Colver in his office in Payson  for a number of years.
    Sue and Stewart have eight grandchildren.   Three of them live in Modesto, California and five live in Utah County.  Her son lives in Modesto and her daughter, Debbie, passed away several years ago.
    Sue is a member of the DUP and Jr. Cultus Club.  Her hobbies are crocheting, cross stitching, and family history.
    When she finally “retired.,” she became a part time volunteer filling in for a friend at Peteetneet.  When her friend returned full-time to Peteetneet, Sue loved being a volunteer and associating with the people at Peteetneet so she became a full-time volunteer.  You can see her every Monday morning greeting visitors.
    We appreciate Sue and the positive feeling she extends to all those that volunteer and visit the Peteetneet Museum.

Volunteer Spotlight--Brenda Reed



    Brenda H. Reed has been serving as a volunteer for that last few years.  She serves as one of the Volunteer Co-Ordinators as well as a Tour Guide every Thursday morning.
    Brenda is a daughter of the late Don and Dora Hutchings.  She was the first born of family of six children.  She has a younger brother and four sisters.  She was born in East Ely, Nevada.  The family lived in Ely, Lund, Forest Home Ranch and finally in McGill.  She graduated from White Pine High School and then went to BYU where she majored in nursing.  She joined the Navy during her junior year and the Navy paid for her final year of school.
    She graduated from BYU and then went to Newport, Rhode Island for officer training school.  She was then stationed in San Diego, California.  She met James Reed from Los Angles who was one of her patients at the Naval Hospital.  They were married in 1962 in the Logan LDS Temple.  Their first son was born in San Diego.
    After leaving the Navy they moved to Springville, Utah.  While living there, they added two more sons and a daughter to the family.
    Brenda started working at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo she spent 7 ½ years on the nursing staff.  They then moved to Payson and moved into a home on the East Canyon Road just south of the Strawberry High Canal.  She then began a 30 year career beginning at the Payson Hospital and then at Mountain View Hospital when Payson City old the old hospital and a newer facility was built.  She spent a total of 40 years as a nurse.  She retired in 2005 from the hospital.
    After her retirement, she cared  for her mother and her husband who were both in ill health.  Her mother passed away in 2006 and her husband passed away in 2007.
    Brenda has always been involved in the community.  She was a member of the Payson Civic Chorale for over 30 years.  After the death of her family members she was very busy and finally got things in order.  She was looking in the Payson Chronicle and saw the article they noted the Peteetneet Museum was seeking Volunteer Tour Guide.  She felt that she could do that.  She called Sandra Armstrong, who was the volunteer Co-Ordinator at the time, and volunteered to come on Thursday mornings each week.  She began working with Georgia Mills and Joyce Bradley.
    Brenda and Georgia Mills served as the Volunteer Co-Ordinators at this time.  Brenda said she has really enjoyed volunteering and getting to know the other volunteers who also donated their time and talents at the museum. 

Volunteer Spotlight--Lynda Cameron

Peteetneet Volunteer Spotlight
    Lynda Cameron

    If you visit the museum any Wednesday morning, you will be greeted by Lynda Cameron, a beautiful lady with an Australian accent.  She was born in Marrickville – an inner city suburb of Sydney, Australia. 
    She has three sisters: Yvette lives in England, Kristina lives in Brisbane, and Elena lives in Adelaide.  Her Dad now lives in Victoria near the New South Wales border with his second wife.  Lynda’s mum died of early onset Alzheimer disease (duration of 16 years)  in 1999.  He spends much of his time every day working on family history.
    Australia was originally settled by convicts that were sent there by the English government.  Perhaps it may be of interest to know that her convict forebears were convicted of such ‘petty crimes' as picking up a handkerchief that belonged to someone else, borrowing/stealing the boss' horse or stealing a petticoat/underskirt while working as a laundress. More than 200 years later life has certainly changed!
    Lynda said some of her earliest memories included an apartment on the second floor above a butcher’s shop on Parramatta Road – the main artery between Sydney and Parramatta – the second largest city located near Sydney. (A city needs to have 100,000 people before being called a city in Australia).
    Her Father painted a large yellow circle on the floor of the front room for her sister and her to skip around and play inside.  The center light in the butcher’s shop was under the center of the circle painted on the floor of the upstairs apartment.
    She attended Crystal Street Infants School to second grade.  It was demolished many years ago and a huge technical college was built on the site.
    Her Father was an electrical engineer and the first home her parents built was in Oatley, a suburb about 30 miles south of Sydney. It was featured in the equivalent of Better Homes and Gardens for all of the innovative electrical features they included.
    One of my Fathers’ crowning achievements was the famous Sydney Opera House.  Her father’s  grandfather had worked on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
    On her Mother’s side, she has seven convicts sentenced to seven years transportation and hard labor in Australia.  They came from England and Ireland. A great-grandfather, the son of Irish immigrants,  was one of the first altar boys in St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.
    Oatley is on the Georges River which flows into Botany Bay, the first landing site of the First Fleet. The First Fleet moved onto Sydney Harbour. When she married, she moved to live on the Lane Cove River which flows into Sydney Harbour, via the Parramatta River. She  lived on the water her whole life before moving here to the mountains!  
    She attended Oatley Public School, Penshurst Girls High School, Balmain Teachers College (now the University of Technology in Sydney) and the University of New England.  She taught school – kindergarten, a full grade – for two years before having children.
    She married Anton (Tom) Bakker and they were the parents of two beautiful girls and two handsome sons – all amazing children. She and Tom divorced in 1995 and she began dating Chris Cameron soon after. Chris’ sister was her best friend in school.
    She was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints while in school and was baptized four years later. Chris was baptized into the Church in 1992.
    They  eloped and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple sealing room at the top of the stairs at the back of the Celestial Room  in 1996.
    Her older son, Ben, came over to BYU where he met and married a beautiful girl from Spanish Fork.  They live in Spanish Fork with their four handsome sons.
    David, the younger son, met and married a beautiful girl from Payson and they live in Payson with their two gorgeous girls and two very cute young sons.
    Lynda and Chris  moved to the US in February 1998 to be near family.  They moved to Payson because it is near to Spanish Fork but a little quieter and they are closer to Chris’ beloved mountains.
  Lynda was invited to become a volunteer at Peteetneet by her Visiting Teaching companion, Delowa Haskell.  She has now been a volunteer for about four years at the museum.
    Her  hobbies include sewing, quilting, knitting, hand sewing, reading, family history and gardening.
Lynda has been a great volunteer at the museum.  Come in and meet her and take a tour.  It will be a great experience.

Volunteer Spotlight--John Langdon

John is a native of San Diego, California.  He became very tired of the hectic pace of life in California and recently relocated  to Payson.  In John’s own words, “I am a gypsy traveler.  I have lived seven different states, four different countries, and traveled in 12 western states on a motorcycle.”  He admits that age has been a determining factor to settle down in Payson.
    In 1963 he joined the Marine Corps and stayed in until 1968.  He has been highly involved in Veterans affairs ranging from being a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League, American Legion member, Patriot Guard member, the first chairman of the first State of Utah Vietnam Memorial located on the state capitol grounds, and more.  He and a friend are currently working on setting up a program for disabled vets to get out and photograph the State of Utah’s scenic sights.
    Back in the early 70’s he moved to Provo and was a partner in Scott Adams Photography Studio.   He later sold his interest in the studio but his interest in photography continued..     Photography has been a hobby for years most of his life.  In the month of January,  he will be having a one-man show with his photography exhibit at the Peteetneet Museum.  You can see a lot of his work on his web site at:
    John is a single father of two fantastic daughters, and grandfather to seven grandchildren.  He will travel at the drop of a hat.  “Have camera, will travel” is one of his mottos. He loves the mountains and National Parks here in Utah.
    He invites you to come into the Peteetneet Museum on any Friday afternoon and take a tour with him.  He guarantees you will have fun and learn something.
He has enjoyed the time he has been serving as a volunteer at the museum, meeting with new people and making new friends.