History comes alive when someone is able to not only read about the past, but also able to visit the places, see the artifacts, appreciate the images, read the actual words. For most people, history starts with learning about their family or their community. Imagine trying to discover your genealogy without anything tangible to search. Preservation of our heritage is a vital link to cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, and economic legacies — all of the things that quite literally make us who we are. History plays a vital role in our everyday lives. We learn from our past in order to achieve greater influence over our future. History serves as a model of who to be and who not to be — of what to champion and what to avoid. Every day, decision-making around the world is based on what came before us.Why? ~~~ Because history matters. ~~~ Steve Berry
Saturday, May 16, 2009
1994....... taken from a letter to Beth Lund in his book "You Knew Me As Buddy"
Elma (Alma) Johansen, just a faint face on my canvas of life. I wonder what kind of life she's had. And some others - Iva Oldham, Fern Olson, Geraldine Staker, and Marcia Olsen all of our class. Geraldine, Fern and Marcia; very pretty young girls. I can't remember them after the freshman year......... Elma's father as the man with the cumbersome built-up shoe. Like Que Barton's. Was it a childhood injury? Was he a shoemaker? That is another good trade phased out by changing styles. Didn't we have at least three shoe repair shops in Mt. Pleasant? One just over the bridge toward North Sanpete High School.
And........remember when State Street was a Boardwalk? Had a harness maker at work there. I don't think he made saddles. Great smell of leather; and Rutishausers Monument Works - eventually to become Rutishauser and Merz when Emil R. merged with Hy Merz his brother-in-law.
The Johansen boys were Shirley, Wasatch class of 1936. Andy, class of 1939 and Dean class of 1941. I know both Dean and Shirley are gone. How about Andy?
Bry Jacobs must be making commercials for a security and loan company. I haven't seen him in over fifty years. He was a very handsome young man - talented........
"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from."