Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight--Ivan Haskell


            The Peteetneet Museum has been very fortunate to have a number of local gentlemen volunteer their time at Peteetneet.  One of them, Ivan Haskell, volunteers three hours each Friday afternoon as a Tour Guide.
            Since Ivan is an accomplished author of numerous books of local historical information, we will let him tell his own story this week.
            “To me, Peteetneet is a hallowed memory, a journey f life!  I went to school here in 1938.  I put many miles on my roller skates on the front sidewalk going back and forth from the road to the building.
            It was an exciting time in my life, going to school and learning the alphabe, spelling and read.    Then there were numbers, then arithmetic and writing, the solar system, and of course, recess.  I was the Peteetneet artist until third grade.
            It was a great happening if the Orem electric train happened to be starting a journy to Salt Lake City.   Everyone rand to the fence by the cut north of the building to watch the train pass by.  We were taught the various outdoor games; softball, baseball, basketball, marble games, football, skiing and sleigh riding on the hill in the winter.  Never to be forgotten was the competition with Taylor School.
            I passed the monthly show bills for the old Star Theater for an extended period of time.  This was a great experience because I was given a pass to see all the movies as many times as I wanted during the month.
            I have the distinction of having the only Grand Champion Quarter mare at the Utah State Fair in 1965.  I was a charter member of the Wakara Riding Club.  I also raised and showed Polled Herefords.  One of my heifers was the Reserve Champion at the Utah State Fair in 2000.
            A grand, noble building is Peteetneet.  It is a building that initially began construction in 1897 and was completed in 1901.   It taught our family members for more than eighty years.  It is a building that is now considered “Payson’s Identity.”
            Payson had three outstanding features that it was known for: (1) the Nebo Stake Tabernacle, which originally served, Lake Shore, Benjamin, Salem, Spring Lake, Santaquin, Genola, Spanish Fork, Genola, Goshen, Payson and Eureka.; (2) the Payson Race Track, which was a drawing card of horse racing throughout the state and attracted many to the grandstand to watch the races.  They were held at various times during the year including the Labor Day weeked. and (3) the Peteetneet, a grand old building that served as a school and gave a foundation to many people in the area.
            Two of these identities are now only memories, razed, because someone want the change and felt they were no longer viable to the community.  Peteetneet too, was on the chopping block, but a group of people rose up and formed a groupd called “People Preserving Peteetneet.” This group, through hard work and effort turned the run-down building into the beautiful facility we see here today.
            The musem and culural arts center house items as ancient as 2500 B.C., but most are from the 19th and 20th centuries that covers the pioneer period to current times.  Changes have take place, ingenuity was used, improvments have been made that can be seen in this building.  History is here for all to see, learn from, and contribute to a person’s education.
            We are getting stagnant when we don’t make the effort to take advantage of these opportunities.  I might mention, there is no cost to tour the museum, it is free.  The museum is a 501(c)c tax exempt facility.  That means that all donations are tax deductible.  There is a container located in the main hall where donations can be made if you feel the desire to help cover the cost of operating the building.”
            Ivan has been a volunteer at Peteetneet for many years.  He has served as vice-president of the Payson Historical Society and the historian.    Is is continually researching and writing to record local and family histories.  He has completed several historical books.  The following books are some of his work: Payson Pioneers–Volume 1, 2 and 3; The Haskells for 400 Years; and Life and Times of Ivan.  I also completed a book on the Payson City Council meetings that convered almost 70 years.  He is also the author of a number of pamphlets.
            Be sure and stop by the museum and get acquainted with this man who is a storehouse of Payson history and other historical information.

PPP Elects New Officers


  The People Preserving Peteetneet Board of Trustees  held elections on April 25th.  The Board elected Dale Barnett, President, Bill Harrison, Vice-Presiden, Sandy Hummer was re-elected  to the position of Secretary-Treasurer.  New board members elected were Fay Angus, Lynda Cameron, Cal Reece, Paul Stallings, and Colleen Wilson.  We would like to welcome them to our governing board.
  Even though Dale Barnett recently lost his wife, Gloria, he is determined to give his full efforts to the Peteetneet.  Gloria had served as the president of the PPP a  numbr of  years ago.  This is a family tradition to serve as volunteers at the Peteetneet Museum..  He and his wife were some of the most outstanding supporters  of the Peteetneet Museum.
  The Barnetts have been involved with the Peteetneet since the PPP was organized.  The Museum would not be what it is today without the help and support of this wonderful couple. 
    Dale served as a Volunteer Fireman for many years as well as a member of 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.
   Dale has donated many hours and much of his own money to assist in the development and improvement of the Peteetneet Museum.  He has served on the People Preserving Peteetneet Board of Trustees for many years..
            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.
  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 his late wife, Gloria, served as Grand Marshals of the Payson Onion Days and Homecoming several years ago.  This was an honor that this couple rightly deserved.  The Peteetneet Museum felt 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.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Helene Jones Bradley--Volunteer Spotlight

                                                     HELENE JONES BRADLEY

            This week the Peteetneet Museum would like to spotlight one of our long-time volunteers, Helene Jones Bradley.  Helene is one of the delightful tour guides who will greet you when you visit the museum.
            She was born in Deseret, Utah on July 30, 1927.  She will soon be celebrating her 88th birthday.  When meeting with Helene, you would probably guess that she was only in her 60s.  She is a very young 88.  She is the daughter of Samuel Ellicock and Alice Laural Moody Blake.  She later moved to Hinckley while she was in the first grade.
            As children, she said, they would build bonfires and roast corn, potatoes and hot dogs.  She said there was something about cooking them over the open fire that always made them taste so good.  Marshmallow were always a special treat.
            Helene always loved playing the usual childhood games of the period. “ Hide and Seek,” “Kick the Can,” “Marbles,” and “Annie I Over” were some of her favorites   She was an expert and winning marbles from many of the boys.
            Since they only took baths on Saturday night, they would be really clean for Sunday.  It was great until her brother, Neil, was born when she was eight and then when he was old enough he got the first tub of water.  However, so was lucky because she always got a tea kettle of hot water added to her bath.
            Helene was a regular tom boy.  She loved to climb trees and was always trying to prove to her boy cousins that girls could climb higher than boys.  She loved to do boy things as well as girl things while she was growing up.
            Her family would go to the Sand Dunes for Easter each year.  The would go to the mountains for wood, pine nuts or a Christmas tree.  Each event always seemed to be her favorite time of the year.
            She used to go to her Grandma Blakes to play the piano and the Victrola.   She learned how to do 27 imitations that she did in the Hinckley and Deseret schools.  She even stopped a basketball game one time with her imitation of a whistle.
            She begged her dad to let her play his trumpet in a beginner’s band and two months later she became a member of the high school band.  She was also in involved in drama in school.  In one three-act murder mystery, she had to scream 13 times in the first act.
            She moved to Covina, California which at that time consisted of large orange groves.  She joined the band and was solo 1st chair and was always being challenged by the boys in the section.  She also played in a dance orchestra.  She won medals at USC fir trumpet competitions
            She was always called out of school to play “Taps” for military funerals.  As a senior, she was in a three-act play.  She was always asked to play in all the parades and one year was the Queen of the local Gold and Green Ball.
            She met her husband when she was home for Christmas from BYU.  Their first date was on New Years Eve where they attended a dance.  On the stroke of midnight, her date swept her off her feet and planted a kiss.  They corresponded for two years while he was in Japan for the occupation after World War II.  Their love story was quite unique.  They were engaged on March 19, 1947 and married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 20, 1947 by Apostle Spencer W. Kimball.  They honeymooned in Paris (Paris, Idaho that is).  They were headed to Yellowstone but their car broke down.
            Thirteen years later, they had five children.  The ended up adding one more later for a total of three boys and three girls.  This followed with 20 grandchildren and a larger number of great grandchildren.
            Helene has held every position in MIA at the ward level and also served 18 years on the Stake MIA Board.  She has also been in the Primary presidency, been a Blazer leader, ward Relief Society as well as serving in the Spanish Branch in her LDS Stake.  In addition she served in a school PTA presidency.  She taught Seminary in two different wards and was over employment for the stake for five years.
            Helene and her husband moved to Payson in 1992 and moved into their new home.  She has been active in the Daughters of Pioneers since 1985.  She has been involved with the Cultus Club and has played trumpet with the Payson City Band.
            She and her husband loved camping, hunting and especially fishing He had a stroke in 1995.  He had a massive stroke August 25, 2001 on his 80th birthday and passed away as a result.
            She married Hugh Bradley in February 2008.  They love to travel as much as they can.  She has served as a Tour Guide for a number of years at the Peteetneet.  She has enjoyed meeting people from all over the world while here.  Some of the visitors have commented that the Peteetneet is one of the finest museums they have ever seen.
            Come visit the Peteetneet and meet this lovely lady with the twinkle in her eye.  She loves to share the exhibits with everyone.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Gloria S. Barnett

Gloria Louise Smith Barnett

  It is with a great deal of sadness that the Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center notes the passing of one of our greatest supporters.  Gloria S. Barnett, age 83, of Payson, Utah.  Gloria passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Payson  surrounded by her family
    Gloria  was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and supporter of the Peteetneet Museum for many years.  She was a  special friend to everyone that had the opportunity to associate with her.
  Gloria Louise Smith Barnett returned to her Heavenly Father March 1, 2015, after suffering a severe stroke. Gloria was born May 20, 1931 to Floyd Marion Smith and Ramona Wall in Payson Utah General Hospital. She was the third of four daughters. Barbara, Loraine, Gloria and Connie.
  Gloria has lived in Payson her whole life. She attended Taylor elementary, Payson Junior High and graduated from Payson High School in 1949.
  Gloria was a cheer leader, a Twirler in the marching Band and played the flute and piccolo in the concert band. Gloria married Sargent Dale Barnett August 19, 1949 and they were sealed in the Manti Temple Sept. 26, 1949.
  Gloria was very active both in civic and church activities. She served as a Pink Lady at Payson Hospital, President of Payson Ladies Fireman, President Ladies Utah County Jeepetts (Search & Rescue), president of People Preserving Peteetneet, President of Payson Historical Society, President of the Payson Utah Daughters of Pioneers, Secretary of Utah State Archaeology Society.  She was also a member of the Payson Preservation Board for many years.
  She was in the Payson Corale and LaNesta Chorus and was in the Merri-Tones and Gems. She also sang with her daughter for many years. Gloria and Dale were the Grand Marshals of Payson’s 2009 Onion Days Parade. She worked as a Telephone Operator in Payson and was Secretary for Barnett Sheet Metal.
  Gloria was one of the original founding members of the Payson Historical Society.  She served as president numerous times of the organization.  She was very instrumental in organizing the many displays in the museum and she was a walking encyclopedia of Payson history.  She also served as a Tour Guide.   She WAS the Peteetneet Museum.  She will be missed by everyone at Peteetneet.
Gloria and Dale  traveled world wide working on LDS Temples. She was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving as Relief Society President, Primary President and many other Stake and Ward positions.

Survivors include: her husband, Dale, Payson; children, V.L. (Terri), Kanab; Sargent Jay, Payson, Rusty Blake (Tamara), Santaquin; 17 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; siblings, Barbara McGurk, Salt Lake; Loraine Braithwaite, Springville and Connie Cloward, Salt Lake. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cheri DeGraw.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 7, 2015, 11:00 a.m., in the Payson West 11th Ward Chapel, 902 West 400 North. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Friday, 6-8:00 p.m. or at the church on Friday, 9-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.