Monday, March 28, 2016


Thursday, 10 July 2008
Kenna Holm


    Payson just opened their new pool on South Main and what a pool it is. It got me thinking about the last two swimming pools we have had.  The first one I remember was in the North Side of the Park. It was constructed in 1937.  It wasn’t a huge pool but we had lots of fun there. I m not sure we even had life guards on duty. It seems like we weren’t quite so paranoid then.
    It was such a treat to go up to the park and go swimming. We even had parties where we would go as a group and swim at night. For a long time there were no dressing rooms. We just went to the park in our swimming suits and also went home in our wet swimming suits.
They finally built some dressing rooms on the east side of the pool. Nothing fancy but they did okay.    They had a high chain link fence around the pool.       In 1973 Payson had a big flood when the dam broke up the canyon. The pool was badly damaged and could no longer be used. The flood had caused large cracks in the cement and could no longer be used. Repair would have been just to costly so it was closed. Then if you wanted to swim, you had to go either to Arrowhead in Benjamin or Park-Ro-She in Springville.

    Reed Money Jr. was on the City Council at that time and he was determined for Payson to have a swimming pool. He and the other members of the city council along with Mayor Dick Harmer made it a number one priority. The group spearheaded by Money was able to receive a grant to help build a new pool with a bath house. The grant they received was the largest grant ever given in the state to build a swimming pool.
    Payson was with out a swimming pool for 2 years before the new pool on the South side of the park was built.  Location for the new pool was a big issue for awhile. Some wanted it to be built in the new Jr High that was being built on the southwest part of town but Mayor Harmer felt that more people would use it if it were in the park and was run by the city and not the school district.
    The plans were made and the project was started. The pool would have a L shape with a teaching and play area in one end and a wading pool in the corner of the L shape.  They said the Bicentennial Swimming Pool would be finished by the next year during the nation s 200th birthday . It opened in June of 1976.
    We've had a lot of fun parties at that pool. The Fireman and EMT s and their families have a hamburger fry and swim every summer at that pool. Now maybe we will have them at the beautiful new pool. It s been a place for swimming lessons, parties and just plain summer fun.

   The new pool has two slides, a lazy river to ride around and a lap pool. It s beautiful and has lot of perks the other two didn t have but oh it s fun to remember back when...
    Connie and Stan Cloward were lifeguards at the old Payson Pool that was located on the north side of the park by Peteetneet Creek.  For seven years before they left Payson and went to Pennsylvania they served as lifeguards at the pool.  Connie also taught Water Ballet to hundreds of young swimmers. They would practice all summer to put on a water show for the Labor Day celebration.  There were bleachers put in place along side the pool for the public to view the show.
    Ralph Daniels recorded the music and used his sound system.  His three daughters, Sue, Jo, and Janna were swimmers in the shows. Clever costumes were made for swimmers for the shows. These shows were a big part of the Payson celebration. They were so outstanding and unique that they were invited to  Lagoon, Tooele, and Salt Lake to perform the show..
After Connie left, Susan Daniels took over for a few years. Cora Lee Wilson then became the director.  The shows were put on for about 14 years total until the new pool on the south side of the park was built.  The new pool was not adequate to accommodate the things necessary to carry on with the water ballet so they were discontinued when the original pool was abandoned.  It was sad to see these outstanding productions come to an end. Connie, Sue, and Cora Lee did an outstanding job with these productions that we will always remember.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


     The Payson Historical Society was saddened to announce the passing of one of our most dedicated members, Kenna Holm.  Kenna was a member of the organization for many years.  She had been  serving as the Historical Society Historian.  She will missed.  We will continue posting the columns she wrote several years ago of  her "Remember When" series.  Thanks to this wonderful lady, once again, these articles posted on the Payson Historical Blogspot will rekindle many fond memories for many of our readers and introduced many new ones the the Payson many of us remember.  Kenna's contribution to maintaining the history of Payson will always be treasured

 Remember When
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Kenna Holm - Nebo Reporter


    As I was watching the snow come down and watching the traffic here on Main Street in
Payson, I couldn't help but think of all the changes that have been made just here on NorthMain.
From the light north on the corner on the west side of the street by the stop light instead of
a little park area, there was a Car Dealership. As I remember it, it was Snyder Motor Co. It was
operated byBert Snyder. They sold Oldsmobiles and they had a garage in the back ofthe business.
Franz Suter and Ellis Johnson (Steve Johnson’s father) among others were some of the Oldsmobile mechanics that serviced the automobiles for Snyders.  Their business was right out on the sidewalk and the portico came out to the corner. We used to cut through there on our way to church at the 3rd Ward.

    On the East side was Duke Page Chrysler Dealership (which I have written about). Next to Snyder's (who later sold it to Painters) on the north was the old Fairbanks hom
e.  It was torn
down and rebuilt at This is the Place State Park in Salt Lake City. Brigham Young used to stay in
this home when he came through Payson.

   Next was the old tithing house  located  next to the  Third Ward Church. The Tithing House was torn down and the Faribanks home was removed and that area is the parking lot of 3rd Ward.

   Across the  street where Central Bank is now was where our old Nebo Stake Tabernacle stood. Oh, we all hated to see that building torn down but time marches on and we can't keep
hold of everything even though we try. Then further north on Main Street there were just
homes for many years.
    In 1974 a only a little service station called Budget Fuel was constructed where Flying J is now. A new building was built further back on the lot and it has been remodeled and a restaurant called Cobblestone was added to the business. My dad used to call it 'The Rock Pile.  He'd say ,"Let's go have lunch at the Rock Pile". I always got a laugh out of that . The owners changed the name to Fuel America and then it was sold and became Flying J in 1998 and the restaurant became known as The Cookery.
    There was no Motel, McDonalds, Gas and Dash, Payson Market or any other business on
North Main.
    When we first moved to our home at 555 North Main in 1985, there was the old sub station across the street that had been turned into an apartment and then they built the storage sheds behind it. To the North of that was 3 homes. Johnson's, Pulsipher's (who later was sold to Pam and Scott Haney) and King's (who later sold it to Ren and Chris Zeeman).

    In1986 they built McDonald's. I guess we had  moved  up  in this world. I  remember  my little  grandson Brady saying, "Boy Grandma, it's so neat to live right by McDonald's". He was only about 4 and he thought that was fun to be able to walk down to McDonald's with one of us and get a treat.

    Then in 1987, they built Comfort Inn. It was a nice addition to our town. Later Dan Chambers built Dan's Dash Inn (the little gas station and food store)also a Subway Sandwich was
built between Dan's and Comfort Inn.
    They then took out the 3 homes that I mentioned before (which was sad to see go) and started building Payson Market. It was nice to have that big market in this end of town. But with it came more traffic. Then came BlockBuster Video and Checker Auto. With each of these additions, the traffic got heavier and heavier. They did widen the road some but it's still hard to get in and out of our homes besides those that shop trying to get out onto Main Street.
I keep wondering what will come in next. Payson just keeps changing but it's fun to take time to look back and remember when...

Saturday, March 19, 2016


     The Payson Historical Society is saddened to announce the passing of one of our most dedicated members, Kenna Holm.  Kenna has been a member of the organization for many years.  She has been currently serving as the Historical Society Historian.  She will missed.  We have been posting the columns she wrote several years ago of  her "Remember When" series.  Once again, these articles posted on the Payson Historical Blogspot have rekindled many fond memories for many of our readers and introduced many new ones the the Payson many of us remember.  Kenna's contribution to maintaining the history of Payson will always be treasured.
      Kenna Heaps Holm passed away Wednesday,March 16, 2016  in her home in her beloved Payson.
She was born May 19, 1938  in Payson, Utah to Pherron and Alene Adair Heaps. She was the only daughter with 3 brothers.
     On August 12, 1955 she married Frank A. Holm in Payson, Utah They were later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple July 19, 1957. He preceded her in death on April 23, 2014.
     Kenna attended schools in Payson and  graduated from Payson High where she was active as a cheerleader. Kenna loved to sing and was always asked to perform with her friends.
     She was also an Optician for over 20 years, something she loved to do. Service is what drove her,  through her compassionate efforts, many where blessed, especially her. .
     She was the editor of a local newspaper for a number of years and that was when she began writing her series, "Remember When."
     Kenna was active as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a member of the DUP and the Payson Historical Society.  She loved to share her knowledge of her heritage and her community.
     She supported her family no matter the event, including being a Payson Lady Fireman.
     She is survived by her daughters and families, Patti and John Witham, Cindy (Butler) and John Spange, Kelly and Stuart Montague, Vicki and Jeff Barnes and Rebecca and Mark Westover. 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Her brother DeLynn Heaps.
     Her sweetheart, Frank, her granddaughter Brooke Barnes and grandson, Zachary Westover met her on the other side along her parents and her brothers, LaVell and LaMoyne..
     Funeral services will be Monday, March 21, 2016, 11:00 a.m., at the Payson 11th Ward Chapel, 902 West 400 North with a viewing from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior. A viewing will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 6-8:00 p.m.. at the Walker Mortuary, located at 587 South 100 West, Payson. Burial will be in the Spanish Fork Cemetery.

Saturday, March 12, 2016


Remember When
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Kenna Holm


    Thinking back over the years of the grocerymarkets we had in town Ikept thinking how fun those markets were. We now have 3 big store, Smith’s, Payson Market, and WalMart.   Back then it was Safeway and Central Market.
    I want to talk about Central Market and how it grew and changed hands.  Central Market was located on the East Side of the Main Street between the OLD library on the corner of Utah Avenue and Main Street and Roe's Bakery.
    Before it was Central Market it was a big co-op store and it had been open for over 20 years when Roy Rodgers and Leon Fullmer bought  the  building  and  called  it  Central
Market. I described the store in an early article of  Remember When.
    My mom worked at that store as a checker along with Fern Lucas. Fred Robertson was
assistant manager, Art Daley and Leon Fullmer worked in the meat department.

    Roy later built a market in Spanish Fork called The Foodliner and RayAngus (Fay's husband) was his manager there. That was in the early 1960's.
    Roy also built a new market on the corner of 1st North and 2nd East (where NAPA is now) here in Payson.  Instead of keeping the name Central Market, he changed the name to Roy's Market. There motto was "Service and Quality" and they did give great service.

   After 2 years of managing the Spanish Fork Store, Roy brought Ray over to Payson to manage his Roy's Food Mart. Roy decided he wanted to retire so he sold the store to Ray in 1972. It then became Ray's Foodmart.

    In 1975, Ray added a lot more space to the store and made the parking lot larger. He
now could have a new frozen food and produce section and also the dairy departments were expanded.  He added more shelving so he could carry more merchandise.
    He had many who worked for him over the years, Mary Lou Draper, Louise DeGraw,  Larry Houser was Assistant Manager, Glen Thatcher, Lillian Davis (KarenRiding's and Nedra Curtis' mom),  Jennie Wilson (Carol Sue Mortensen's mom) Cora Montague,  Leona Baron and  I probably could go on and on with more but that is a few I remember.
    In August of 1983, Ray sold the store and it changed hands and names several times. The last was Day's Market and was there until they opened up the big Payson Market at 560 North Main  and moved there. Many things have changed over the years but isn't it fun to look back and remember when.

Saturday, March 5, 2016


Thursday, November 13, 2008
Kenna Holm


    There's a building in town that has been standing since the very early 1900's. It was built as a livery stable in 1907 and then when cars became popular, Charlie Douglass, who owned it, leased it to Payson City for their Fire Department.
    The Fire Department was in the building where the livery stable was until they built their new Fire Station where it is today at 100 South and 100 East. In those early years, there just wasn't that many cars to make it hard for the Fire Engines to get out and go to the fires. It would never work today because they have to many fire trucks and apparatuses but then they only had one or two trucks.

    Next to that building was a pool hall operated by Gordon  'Boots' Barnett.  That seemed to always be a popular place for a lot of the men in town. Today, Downhill Cyclery is located in area once occupied by the pool hall.  The upstairs of the IOOF building has been  remodeled  into  an  apartment  for  the owners of the bicycle shop.
    On the north side and adjacent to the  fire station was Reif’s Radiator Repair. The shop was operated for many years by Chris Reif. When the Fire Department moved into their new home,  the Reif’s expanded into the area formerly occupied by the Payson Fire Department. Chris’s son, Jay incorporated a body and fender shop into the business.  

   The entire building was later remodeled and made into a  restaurant called "The Old Firehouse Restaurant". It  was owned  and operated by Russell  and Arlis Hutchinson. Charlie Douglass was Arlis' father. It was a lovely place to go eat and they had kept the decoration in the flavor of a fire house. I remember the red shag carpet and red chandeliers and a lot of old things around on the walls. Theylater sold it to Norman and Holly Broadhead and her sister Betty Quinn.  It became one of the most popular restaurants in southern Utah County.  People would drive for miles just to savor the delicious scones, steaks and other items on their menu.
    That seemed to be a family business also as Holly's mom, Minnie Stanton (who could forget that fun person) and Connie  Hansen their sister ( who owns the Wildflower) They were all exceptional cooks. They were known for their great steaks and their fish and chips. Minnie and Connie did most of the cooking. Minnie was strict about getting the food out while it was hot. Her words were "Let it get cold in front of the customer, not waiting for you to serve it".
    Minnie was the master bread maker, cook, and all around do everything person. Connie told me some fun stories about her but told me I'd better not print them.
    They later leased it to someone else for awhile but they were not successful in following the previous owners with the outstanding food and services that the customers had been accustomed to receiving. Afterit closed the building became a clothing store called "Something to Crow About". It was owned by the LeBaron's and they carried all kinds of women's clothing and accessories. They run it for quite a while and then moved their store up to the old Forsey building.
    Now the old Douglass building is occupied by the Utah State Liquor Store.
    I'm sure if the walls could talk, the walls of this old, historic building would have some good stories to tell. It's fun to remember back when isn't it?