Monday, May 25, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight--Charlie Ray Wilson

Peteetneet Volunteer Spotlight-Charlie Ray Wilson

    Ray is one of our most dedicated volunteers.  He has been involved with the Peteetneet for many years.  He is a past president of the People Preserving Peteetneer, a past vice-president of the PPP, a current member of the Executive Board and the Board of Trustees of Peteetneet. 
    In addition, during all of the duties noted he has also served as volunteer in charge of the grounds at the Peteetneet.  He has spent many hours overseeing the grounds and taking care of many of the projects in keeping our grounds looking as beautiful as they are.  He also oversees the Community Service individuals that help to maintain the grounds.  He has provided an invaluable service to Peteetnet and we owe him  a debt of gratitude.
    Ray was born and raised in Payson.  He graduated from Payson High School.  After graduation, he joined the Air Force and served four years in the Air Police.  After he was honorably discharged, he moved to Springville.  While he lived there, he attended Brigham Young University for four years where he majored in Zoology and Law Enforcement..  During this time, he also worked for BYU Security and The Learner Company as a Security Guard for the old Ironton Plant while it was being dismantled.
    After college, he accepted employment with the Utah Highway Patrol in San Juan County and lived in Monticello.  After 3 years, he returned to Utah County.  He first lived in Lehi. Later,  he returned to Payson where he has resided since.  He retired from the Highway Patrol in 2005 with 32 years of service.
    His hobbies include gardening which has help with his volunteer grounds overseeing our grounds.   He also enjoys  four-wheeling and camping with his family.
    He is married to the former Colleen Huff and they have  two children–April Jones and Rhett Wilson.  He and Colleen have 8 grandchildren (four boys and four girls).
    Ray is appreciative of all the people from past years to the present who have given their time and talents to the improvement and preservation of the Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight--S. Dale Barnett

S. Dale Barnett has been one of the most active volunteers of the Peteetneet Museum.  Even though Dale Barnett recently lost his wife, Gloria, he is determined to give his full efforts to the Peteetneet serving as the new President of the People Preserving Peteetneet.  His wife, 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 Dale along with his wife 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.  If a job needed to be complete at the museum, he was the first to volunteer to see that it was completed.  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 donated and 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 and Peteetneet.              
  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 feels very fortunate to have Dale giving of his time and talents to the museum.  It is people like the Dale that have made the Peteetneet such an outstanding place in the community.

Volunteer Spotlight--Betty Oberg

    Peteetneet Volunteer Spotlight
    Betty McCoy Oberg

    The Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center is very fortunate to have so many wonderful volunteers that give of their time and talents to our facility each week. All of the volunteers are each such a vital part of  Peteetneet  that we could not operate without them. This week we would like to Spotlight Betty McCoy Oberg as one of our outstanding volunteers.
    Betty was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin on October 14, 1930. She is the daughter of Don J. and Gertrude McCoy.  Baraboo was the home of the famous Ringling Brothers Circus. She is a young 84 but you would think she had not even celebrated her 60th birthday.  She a very active individual.
    Betty moved to Payson in 1937 because of her dad's asthma. He needed to move to a drier climate. The new climate agreed with him and the McCoy's remained here the rest of their lives. Her father operated the Gambles Store and then what eventually became the Western Auto Store on Payson's Main Street. After retiring and selling the store, he  became the Payson City Judge for many years.
    Betty attended school at the Taylor Elementary,  Payson Junior High, and  she graduated from  Payson High School. She said she enjoyed her years attending the local schools. Although, she never attended Peteetneet as a student, she has grown to love the beautiful old building.
    She married Bernard Oberg of Genola. They lived in Genola for seventeen years and then
moved to Payson in 1967.   Betty and Bernard are the parents of two children, Carol  Pulver of Payson and Gary (Vicky) Oberg of Delta. They have ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Bernard  passed away in 2003.
    Betty worked at Utah Sportswear for many years. She loves  to travel and is a very avid reader. A few years ago,  one of our former volunteers, Eleanor Loveless, was  unable to drive any longer so Betty drove to Eleanor's home in East Payson and picked her up and brought  her to Peteetneet each week.   She even volunteers to cover shifts for others at the Peteetneet if they are unable to come on their assigned day.  Betty is the kind of person that is always helping others.  She has been a volunteer for the last eleven years.
    The volunteers that work with Betty every Thursday afternoon, have become very good friends and they look forward to associating with her each week.  Betty loves the other volunteers she associates with at the museum. They are so generous with their time.
    Berry is a ray of sunshine with her positive attitude whenever she is in the building.  She said it has been great to see the improvements at Peteetneet.  She said the building and grounds always look so nice and the exhibits are always being improved and added to all the time.
    Betty looks forward to the great visitors from all the different states and many different countries taht visit our museum.
    The Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center is lucky to have people like Betty who gives of her time, talents and love to help preserve such a great Payson landmark. Betty loves to share the building and the exhibits with those that come to see the facility. Payson, come and meet Betty, you will be glad that you did.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight--Carol S. Laycock

    Carol S. Laycock

    The Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center has so many great volunteers that give of their time and talents to our facility that it is difficult to choose only one each week to spotlight.
    All of the volunteers are each such a vital part of Peteetneet that we
could not operate without them. This week we would like to Spotlight Carol S. Laycock as one of our volunteers.
Carol was born and raised in Payson. As an elementary student, she attended Peteetneet. She lived only five blocks south of the school.
    After graduating from high school she moved to Salt Lake City to attend school. She met Clifford Laycock of American Fork and they were married in 1956. They are the parents of four daughters. They have nineteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.
    They lived in Payson for short time after they were married. They then lived in American Fork, then Orem and then later moved back to the American Fork and Highland area where lived for forty years.
    She worked at the American Fork Training School, later renamed the Utah Development Center. She worked there as a technician for thirty years until her retirement. After both Carol and her husband retired, they sold their home and property in Highland and moved back to Payson. They lived in Payson for fifteen years until her husband passed away in 2008. Carol found that the large lot and big home were just too much to take care of by herself so she sold her home and moved into a condominium in Springville.  It is a 55+ community and she loves living there.  She has made many new friends since moving there.
    Several years ago, the Peteetneet Arts Council asked her to show some of her cross-stitch work in an art show along with Marion Wilson who was showing some of  her beautiful flower arrangements.  She later created a large cross-stitch of the Peteetneet Museum that we proudly have on display in our office reception area.
    She stated it has been wonderful to see the improvements that have been made to the building since she was a student here so many years ago.  She looks forward to meeting the visitors from the different states and foreign countries that visit our museum each week.  She has found it offers a great opportunity to make many new friends and renew old friendships with friends she has not seen for many years.  Carol encourages people to take the opportunity to become a volunteer Tour Guide at the museum.  It is a great experience.
    The Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center is lucky to have people like Carol who give of their time and talents at the museum.  She thinks it is great that this great building has been preserved and now represents the city of Payson.  Carol loves to share the building and the exhibits with those that come to see the museum.
    Payson, come and meet Carol on Friday mornings and take a tour of our beautiful old building.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight--Sandy Hummer

    Peteetneet Museum Volunteer Spotlight
    Sandy Hummer

    The Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center is proud this week to Spotlight one of our outstanding volunteers, Sandy Hummer.
    Sandy Hummer was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She met and married her sweetheart and best friend, Dennis,  on September 30, 1961. They have 5 children, four daughters and one son, they also have 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Four of their children live in Utah and one daughter lives near Columbus, Ohio.
    Sandra and Dennis moved to Utah on the 3rd. of July 1998 into a condo they purchased. They  lived in Provo for four years, when they decided to sell the condo and move to Payson. After Dennis passed away in December of 2002, Sandra needed something to keep her occupied. She found the Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center was looking for Tour Guides and started with that job. She then became a member of the PPP (People Preserving Peteetnet) and eventually was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer for organization. She currently serves in that position. She is an added asset to the overall operation of Peteetneet. She keeps the Board of Trustees on their toes about matters pertaining to the museum operation.  She is the reporter for the Cultus Club.She also serves as the Treasurer of the Payson Historical Society.
    She has been employed with Payson City as the Peteetneet Building Scheduler for the last four years.  She has done an excellent job in this position.  She was very organized and knws exactly what was happening in the building and what events were scheduled in the coming weeks and months.  She just retired from the city position  at the end of April.  Her position will be covered by Janeen Dean, Janeen will be a full time employee of the city and she will be over building scheduling, Payson City Events and she will also serve as a grant writer for the city.
    Every organization Sandy is involved with has recognized her abilities and they all appreciate all that she does.  Each organization funtions much better due to the efforts of Sandy.
    Sandy has been volunteering at the Peteetneet for almost 13 years. She is looking forward to her retirement. She has been called to work in the new Payson LDS Temple on Tuesday mornings.  She is looking forward to this new part in her life.  She did note however, she will still be working with the Payson Historical Society, People Preserving Peteetneet and the Cultus Club.  She will also become a Tour Guide every Wednesday morning.
    Sandy lived and worked in Buffalo, New York all her life, and spent 25 years as a driver taking Senior Citizens to and from Doctor appointments. Her husband Dennis worked over 25 years as a Deputy Sheriff for Erie County in Western New York.
    While raising their family they always had a large garden and Sandra would can and preserve foods for their growing youngsters. She is famous for her chocolate chip cookies which are always requested from her grandchildren when she goes to visit them. She loves to cross stitch and is currently working on baby quilts for her great grandchildren. She also loves to read and do volunteer work.
    Sandra is very glad to be here in Payson and has made many wonderful friendships. She is grateful for the opportunity she has to volunteer here with everyone that helps maintain and keep this beautiful old building functioning.  The museum appreciates all that Sandy had done for the museum.