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next visited two Release Time Seminary classes at Ben Lomond High
School in Ogden, Utah. Ogden is 35 miles north of Salt Lake City.
Students from Brother Jones' 1st period Seminary
class are shown in the foyer of their Seminary building.
The Ben Lomond Seminary building is located
across the street from the high school.
The Ogden Temple and Miles Goodyear log cabin are
located near each other on Ogden's Temple Square.
A plaque near the Miles Goodyear Cabin reads:
Miles Morris Goodyear built this cabin on the
lower Weber River as a way station and trading. The cabin, along
with other buildings, became Fort Buenaventura meaning good venture.
It was the first permanent settlement in the Utah Territory...
Goodyear was a trapper, prospector and trader. His Indian wife
Pomona was the daughter of Ute chief Peet-teet-neet...
Mormon Battalion Captain James Brown and Mary
Black Brown bought Fort Buenaventura and all of Weber County
[from Goodyear]... Mary Brown made the cabin home for her family...
Daughters of Utah Pioneers
Seminary Sam is shown posing in front of a
memorial to James Brown that is located in downtown Ogden. The
plaques at the base of the monument state:
Captain James Brown
Captain James Brown, pioneer, soldier and one of the founders of
Ogden, enlisted in the Mormon Battalion in the U.S. Army in the
Mexican War, July 16, 1846, at
Council Bluffs, Iowa, and was made
captain of Company C... At Santa Fe,
Captain Brown was placed in charge of the sick detachment and
ordered to Pueblo where they spent the winter of 1846-47 with a
group of converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
enroute from Mississippi to the Salt Lake Valley.
In the spring he marched his men by way of Fort Laramie to the South
Pass arriving in the Valley July 29, 1847, closely following Brigham
Young and the Mormon pioneers.
Early in August he left by way of Fort Hall for California to
college the Army pay due members of the
Battalion. Returning late in 1847, he stopped at the fort of Miles
Goodyear... From Goodyear he purchased for $3,000 all of the land
now comprising Weber County together with some livestock and the
The land was conveyed to Captain Brown in a Mexican land grant, this
entire area being at that time a part of Mexico.
In January, 1848, he settled here with his family and began the
colonization of Brownsville, later Ogden. He was born September 30,
1801, and died September 30, 1863.
A Pioneer Museum is located on the west side of
Ogden's Temple Square.
Seminary Sam is shown (above) with several authentic
pieces of pioneer farm equipment (that are located on the grounds of
the Ogden Pioneer Museum).
The building that currently houses the Ogden
Pioneer Museum has an interesting history, as the plaque near the
front entrance attests:
Dedicated to the First Stake Relief Society of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Organized by President Brigham Young July 19,
1877, Jane Snyder Richards, President.
This building is the first and only Relief
Society Stake Hall in the church. It was built by the women of Weber
Seminary Sam and Marie Alford are shown in front
of a monument dedicated to Lorin Farr, one of Ogden's most prominent
citizens. The first plaque reads:
Lorin Farr, civic and religious leader, staunch friend and supporter
of the Prophet Joseph Smith, assisted in the settlement of Nauvoo,
Illinois, and in building the temple.
He came to Utah with Brigham Young in 1847. In January, 1851, he
became the first president of the Weber Stake of Zion, serving until
1870. He directed the building of Ogden Tabernacle in 1855-56. He
was a member of the first territorial legislature for thirty years,
serving longer than any other member and was a member of the
convention that framed the constitution of the State of Utah.
A friend to the Indians, he was known among them as "Chief." The
move south upon the approach of Johnson's Army in 1858, was
conducted under his direction.
He was a statesman and colonizer of great ability. Historian Edward
Tullidge proclaimed him "Ogden's most representative citizen."
The second plaque reads:
Lorin Farr, Utah pioneer of 1847, one of the founders of Ogden,
established Farr's Fort in 1850, assisted in laying out the city and
organized its first government. In 1851, he became the first mayor,
serving twenty-two years, twenty years without pay. The deed to
Ogden was made by Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States,
to Lorin Farr, as mayor.
He built Weber County's first sawmill and grist-mill (1850) and with
others built the first woolen factory in northern Utah (1868). In
1857, with Newton Goodal and others, he built the first road through
Ogden Canyon. Under his direction Weber County was surveyed and
irrigation canals and roads were built. He was a leading contractor
on the Central Pacific Railroad west from Ogden to Promontory.
Seminary Sam takes a break at Farr's Ice Cream to
enjoy a triple thick milkshake.
Thomas B. Marsh, who as his grave marker (above)
notes, was the "first President of the Council of Twelve Apostles of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." He died in Ogden
in 1866 and is buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.
For a brief period of about 18 months, Pony
Express riders rode down Weber Canyon and through Ogden, but for
most of its history, Ogden has been a "railroad town."
The picture Sam is standing by shows an 1860's
wagon train preparing to enter the Ogden valley.
The railroad passed through Weber Canyon on its
way to Promontory Point where the Union and Central Pacific lines
were joined on May 10, 1869 (an actual photograph from that event is
shown above). Many members of the church helped build the Utah
portion of the transcontinental railroad.
Ben Lomond High School Seminary students wish Sam
good luck as he leaves Utah and heads back to California.
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