Monday, March 30, 2015
The late Robert and Ardella Burdick purchased the home a number of years ago after a descendant of the Erlandsons passed away. They did extensive remodeling to the building, grounds and the old garage. They added onto the home but they retained and matched all materials to the original structure. After the death of the Burdicks, the beautiful old home has been purchased by new owners. Each owner of the home was maintained the appearance of the home and ground of the beautiful old home.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Joseph Longking Townsend was born in Canton, Pennsylvania in 1849. He received an excellent education and at the age of 21 was offered a professorship at the Agricultural College of Missouri. However, due to ill health he had to decline the offer. Shortly after, he moved to Salt Lake City hoping to improve his health.
About six months after arriving in Utah, he joined the Mormon Church. He eventually made his way to Payson and married a local girl, Alta Hancock. He operated a drug store in Payson for about 25 years. He later taught penmanship at Brigham Young Academy in Provo. He moved to Salt Lake City and became a manual training teacher at Salt Lake High School. He also served as one of the early principals of Payson High School. After residing in Salt Lake City for a few years, he returned to Payson.
William Clayson, O. P. Huish, John J. McClellan and J. L. Townsend, all early Payson residents, have more hymns (26) than any other composers whose work appears in the publications of the LDS Church. He was a poet and many of his works were set to mucic and are now part of the LDS Church’s music program.
"Choose the Right" is a saying or motto among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that is taught to children and used by members of the church as a reminder to act righteously. The phrase is taken from an LDS hymn of the same name written by Joseph L. Townsend.
The property where the Townsend home was located was later purchased from the Bale family in the early 1950's by Nebo School District. The home, along with others to the north on the block, was demolished and Park View School was built on the site.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
In 1924, after more than thirty years in business, the Payson Exchange Bank failed and closed its doors. In 1927, Payson City purchased the building and established a city office complex. The City Library was moved from the Hancock Building located a block north of the old bank building. The library occupied the main west portion of the bank. The City Council Chamber was located on the second floor above the library
The City Offices were moved from the old City Hall across the street west of the City Park to the east rooms of the bank building. The offices had their own entrance located on Utah Avenue. The city police and a jail were located adjacent to the city offices. R. W. McMullin, attorney-at-law occupied the rooms above the city offices.
The bank building housed the library and city offices until the early 1980's when they were moved to the new city complex located in the newly remodeled Payson City Hospital building located on West Utah Avenue.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Sunday, March 15, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
A Dramatic Association was formed and used the building for many years. The building was demolished sometime prior to 1902 what the Snyder Motor Building was constructed on the site.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
Saturday, March 7, 2015
In 1939, Don Cloward, a Payson native, opened a cafe in the building. He later left Payson and Nate and June Thomas operated the cafe for about eight years. In the early 1960s, Bob and Blanche Wilson, also Payson natives purchased the cafe. In 1963, the adjacent Page Garage building was destroyed by fire. A new building was constructed to the east in the former parking lot to house the cafe. It was renamed Bob's Cafe.