Thursday, February 25, 2016


 Remember When
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Kenna Holm

Roe’s Bakery

    While driving through town recently, I was looking at all the empty buildings we have lining the streets. It made me so sad and I got to thinking back of how busy Payson Main Street was.  One  of  my favorite  places  was  Roe's Bakery. That place has been around so long and now it stands vacant and just a reminder of the better days.  The bakery was actually started in the 1920's but Roe Wilde didn't take it over until  He made everything from scratch and it was so delicious

   Snaff Wood reminded me of all the bakers Roe had trained, him among them.  Snaff said he was wonderful to work for and so many that he trained went on to have their own shops or work for big stores.
    I remember when Roe did the baking and he had a lot of good helpers. The ones I remember best is Larsen Wilde's wife Marsha (she was always so friendly), Teresa, his wife worked there forever, Venita Harmer, Colleen Wilson (she was Teresa's sister),  Shirley Houser and Leila Greenhalgh Houser among others.

 Snaff  said  Roe  was  always  a  hard working man and a good man to work for. He also trained his sons in the bakery but I think Garth was the only one to carry the trade on.
    I loved to go in there and then be so confused as to what to buy. Everything always looked  so  good.  I'm  a  fussy pie  eater and  I usually never buy pies from commercial places because I make my own but Roe's had good crust. His pies were delicious.  He made a mean meat pie you could buy with or without gravy. ymm.
     Roe trained Snaff  Wood and he went on to do great things. He started out working for Don's Cafe before he went to Roe's and learned the baking business. He worked over in Hawaii at the BYU Hawaii school and then he came back to Utah and worked in the BYU Food Services and retired from there after 19 1/2 years of service. He was a manager there
     Remember Roe’s  good Date Nut bread. I loved it and it seems you can't find it anymore. Bakery goods were made from scratch which is now almost a thing of the past. Everything comes in pre-done from somewhere--who knows.
I remember his Flatfeet sweet rolls, his Danish rolls were to die for and I could go on and on about the products he produced. Kind of makes your mouth water to think about them.
     Roe supplied Ray’s Market with bakery goods for many years until they built the new Payson Market and they provided their own bakery
    Roe trained many good men. To name a few--there was, Larsen Wilde, Keith Mendenhall, The Mecham brothers, Rex Peery, Darwin Olsen, LaZone Porter and I'm sure there are many more. It was like the Roe's BakerySchool of Learning. He taught them and then they went on to have their own bakeries or to work at a large place.
     Roe was a hard worker, not only at his bakerybut in the cityand his church. He was Bishop of Payson Third Ward. He was actually my Bishop for a few years before they divided the Third, West and Second wards and made the Sixth Ward.
    His motto was "the two best ingredients in a bakery to make the best are 1. Butter and 2. Love.  Roe had a love for his business and he passed it on to his son.

     Roe taught all of his children to work hard. They all helped  in  the  bakery when they were young but Garth is the one who took over the bakery and had a love for it like his dad. Roe and Teressa opened up a  gift  shop  that  was connected to the bakery and called it The Dowry. They carried a lot of beautiful items.
Now the bakery and gift shop stands vacant but isn’t good to remember when?

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Part 32–Floyd Harmer–29th Mayor–Part 2 of 2
Payson Historical Society


Street markers, sponsored jointly by Payson City, the Lions Club and the Jaycees were placed on each intersection. This makes directions easier to find.
The Cocklebur Riding Club rodeo arena was initiated July 4, 1949. Under lights the youth of the city vied for honors in steer riding, calf roping and novelty races.
The United States Post Office of Payson was moved to larger quarters Oct. 15. It now occupies the building on South Main St. adjacent to the Forsey Variety Store.
Mayor Floyd Harmer was re-elected for the fourth straight term November 8, 1949. This made Payson History, as he became the first mayor to gain the honor. This term will be for  four years, due to a recent change in Payson election law. The only other long termed mayor was Orrawcll Simons. He served three terms, 1867 to 1875.
The new addition to the Taylor School was dedicated December 15 in the new auditorium of the school. The program was under the direction of Nebo School District board of education, with Melvin Wilson conducting. The prayer of dedication was given by Samuel E. Taylor, a former teacher and son of Jesse S. Taylor for whom the school was named.
1950 being Payson's Centennial year, many outstanding entertainments are slated and many improvements started.
The first highway post office in Western United States stopped in Payson Jan. 23, 1950 on its initial run on a regular route from Richfield, Utah to Salt Lake City.
The improvement program of Payson's water works system was started in June. The improvement covers the entire water system, from the springs beyond Payson reservoir thoughout Payson City, replacing pipe lines and flow lines, installing new lines and giving 70 fire hydrants to Payson.
The Payson High School during the school year of 1949-50 helped with the centennial as they won thirteen tropies. A first place trophy was awarded LeRov Bills as best rifleman in the six western states. The Payson high rifle team won first place in state and regional competition as well as a plaque showing Payson as winning team in six state meet of National Rifle Assn.
In speech, Payson High won a sweepstakes award won in a state meet at BYU against 40 other schools.
In athletics the high school won state football, Class B, second place; regional football, first place; state basketball, Class B, second place; regional basketball, first place; regional track, first place; Snow college trek, several regions competing, first place; BYU mile relay, first place; state mile relay, first place; Future Farmers of America basketball, region, first place. The school was also awarded the Moorehead sportsmanship football traveling trophy, Region 3.
Members of Payson Senior High School band under the direction of J. D. Christensen presented a centennial concert May 18, at the tabernacle. Favorite old tunes were played. One number was played by the old Payson Band. William Clayson directed a number and John Done conducted a number, Memorial Park, written by his son, Melvin Done.
District governor of Kiwanis International officially organized a Kiwanis club in Payson June 10. James S. "Sam" McClellan, president of the Payson club accepted the charter from Governor McCune, on behalf of the eight charter members of the club.
The Mountain State Telephone company improved and expanded the local telephone service. This includes increase in rural lines and outside plant facilities to reduce party line congestion. With the completion the toll charge between Spanish Fork and Payson will be eliminated.
The Legion Home was dedicated at an open house June 22, Bill Snyder, Payson Post 48 commander and Mrs. L. D. Stewart of the Legion Auxiliary arranged the program and dedicatory exercises, with Mr. Snyder as master of ceremonies. Bishop Glenn Cowan, Payson Third Ward, himself a Legionaire, gave the dedicatory prayer.
A new city electrical sub-station located on the city property at the old Orem shop area went into operation July 1 at 4:30 p.m.
The Black Hawk encampment was held in Payson August 1-5. The keynote theme carried out in the programs during the five days was Our Pioneers. Some of the outstanding: features were, a pageant written by Kathryn Betts, "Youth's Heritage-Our Yesterdays" a parade, a sham Indian-settlers battle, a sunrise service, where the settlers first camped and each day programs were given by the different posts.
There are two more centennial events scheduled. The annual Onion Days and Homecoming celebration Sept. 4 and the Birthday program and marker celebration in October.

Sunday, February 14, 2016


Remember When
Thursday, September 11,  2008
Kenna Holm


  Page Furniture was established in about 1904 and started out as produce business then they changed  and  started  selling  notions,  stationery, inks, and many other things. They soon added a line of mattresses and then rugs and slowly added furniture.
I was talking to Reid Page, Earl's second son, and he said he first remembers his dad selling china and silver and then adding furniture. He didn't do a lot with the furniture business because he took care of the fruit orchards. They also grew apples and peaches. Their orchards were located where the South Stake and Page Ward building and the homes south of there are now..

 Earl and Lynn in the Carpet Department

  Earl's son Lynn helped him in the store. They were wonderful people to deal with. They had no carrying charges or interest (can you believe buying something with no interest to pay?) They delivered all over for FREE. They went to Eureka, Goshen, Santaquin and Nephi and everywhere in between.
Reid said he would help with deliveries especially at  Christmas Time.
Reid remembers when he was little going down and dusting all the furniture and his dad would give him a nickel which he would then in turn run down to Stan Wilson's A&W root beer stand (where Wee Blu Inn is now) and buy a frosty root beer. A large cup was a nickel and a small cup was just a penny.
People were always honest and would come in and pay 5 or 10 dollars a month on their account and if they didn't have it, Earl would say, "That's okay, Pay next month". (I don't think anyone could get away with that now days).
   Reid also said that several people would come up to the orchard and work so they could pay for their furniture with work.
Earl was a good man. When he got the first radio in, he took it to a family that had 2 or 3 severely handicapped boys so they could enjoy it. The mother of those boys would have to carry the boys on her back and she would take them to the show house so they could enjoy a movie.
There were several who worked over the years for the Pages, Harold Jones, James A Daniels, Earl Walker, Blair Kirby, Bill Wright, and Gary Herbert. I remember Lynn Page and Earl Walker laying carpet for everyone and also Ted Smith.  Earl's wife Reta always did the books. Later when Lynn took over,  his wife Verdene helped in the office.  I bought a lot of my furniture and carpet from Pages and they always did a great job.

 Every year at Onion Days, they would make sure they had a beautiful float in the parade representing the Page Furniture Store.
It was fun to talk to Reid and reminisce with him about the Page Orchard and their Furniture Store. It seems time flies but it's fun to stop once in awhile and remember when..

Thursday, February 11, 2016



    Floyd Harmer, our twenty-ninth mayor, took the oath of office in January 1944. One of the first concerns of the new council was fire protection. With the growth of the town the present fire apparatus was found inadequate. A new fire truck was bought. With two trucks fire costs were kept down. A resuscitator was also purchased and has saved several lives.
    The Junior Chamber of Commerce was organized June 22, 1944, Leon Wride, president. Since then they have lead out in many worth while enterprises.
    The war continued until 1945. On May 8, Germany surrendered, but it wasn't until August 14, that Japan surrendered. This brought to a close World War II.
    During Homecoming and Onion days in 1945 a Dairy Show was inaugurated and has become a part of the celebration. It is looked forward to by the 4-H boys and the dairy men as much as any part of the celebration.
    The Orem Railroad stopped running in 1946 making way for more modern travel, by bus and automobile.   
    March 22, 1947 work started on the widening of Payson Main Street. The sidewalk on the east side was three feet wider than on the west, so the east side was made the same as the west. The gutters were narrowed, for a distance of two blocks. Main street was then resurfaced for 3 blocks, from Second North to First South, also from First East to First West on Utah Avenue.
    The Payson Flower Club with the aid of the various clubs, Payson City and the community planted 500 roses in the Memorial municipal rose garden on the hospital grounds. The garden was dedicated as a memorial to the veterans of World War II.
    The Payson Jaycees purchased a Deluxe model oxygen tent for the Payson Hospital. They also installed a skeet range, planted trees at the race track to make a wind break and installed a teeter, a swing and a slippery slide at the playgrounds in the park.
    In July, Lee Rindlisbacker and Grant Carlisle, owners of a local dairy, opened a modern plant. They now pasteurize milk, handle butter, cheese, chocolate milk and other dairy products.
    A plaque, in honor of the first settlers, placed on the pioneer cabin in Memorial Park was dedicated Aug. 31, 1947. Mrs. Mary J. McClellan, chairman of the Centennial Daughters of Utah Pioneers committee was in charge of the program. The dedicatory prayer was given by Jasper Hill.
    In May of 1948, behind-the-wheel driver instructions were provided to all sophomores in the Payson High School. The driving course was a follow-up of instructions given in the physical education classes.
    At the close of business on June 30, 1948, the Commercial Banks of Payson, Spanish Fork, Heber City, Nephi and Delta were consolidated into one new banking corporation. It is now known as The Commercial Bank of Utah.
    Starting on Thursday morning, July 1, 1948 the Payson post office started a parcel post route. Parcels to all business houses and residential districts in Payson within the city limits are delivered.
    The Jaycees built a second fire place at Memorial park Aug. 20, just north of the one erected by the Nebo Stake Bee Hive Girls. The city placed concrete pipe to carry the dangerously swift and deep Peteetneet Creek which runs through the picnic area. A small stream was left open. This completed a very picturesque picnic area.
    The American Legion Basketball state tournament was held in Payson on Feb. 23-4-6. There were sixteen all star teams participating. The Payson American Legion Post No. 48 sponsored the tournament.
    The official opening of the Huish Theatre, built in memory of C. E. Huish, Payson native son, was conducted Wednesday, April 27, 1949. A capacity crowd enjoyed the coronation. The seating capacity is 830. This theatre is one of the finest in the state of Utah.