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DRAPER CITY 1849—1977

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Volume Two of  History of Draper, Utah



   Also see Vol 3  Nov 2004 & Vol 1 Reprint July 2006

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Compiled by Marjorie S. Clements, Maurine S. Cook,   
Noel H. Ennis, Luana L. Guymon, Paul J. Smith
and hundreds of individuals who contributed their histories and photos.
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket –  6 x 9   664 pages, including 200 pages of photos.                     
          ISBN 1-888106-36-0  Library of Congress 00-110862

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  Volume Two of the History of Draper, Utah, is dedicated to those pioneers who joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day  Saints, who had a great desire to settle in Zion with other believers. Many sacrificed all their earthly goods in coming to Zion. Some were appointed by President Brigham Young to settle in the community known as Sivogah, then later known as South Willow Creek, Draperville, and finally Draper, Utah. Others came to the area to be with family members already settled there.

 The first public school built about 1852 along the north boundary which became part of the fort, on property which belonged to Guernsey Brown, and was probably used for church meetings. In the late 1900s it was the home of Louis Dunyon. When it was razed, the north wall was found to be part of the old Draper fort.

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A History of Sivogah to Draper City—1849–1977 is funded in part by the taxpayers of Salt Lake County through the 1/10th of 1% sales tax for Zoo, Arts, & Parks programs.
Draper Historical Society
12441 South 900 East
Draper, Utah 84020

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS and APPRECIATION — first, to members of the Draper History Committee, listed here alphabetically: Marjorie S. Clements, Maurine S. Cook, Noel H. Enniss, Luana L. Guymon, Paul J. Smith; second, to the hundreds of individuals who contributed their histories, and pictures for volume one, People of Draper 1849–1924; third, to Stephen R. Cook, proofreader; fourth, to Hiller Industries, the publisher of volume one, our delight in that published book, and appreciation for their bid for printing this second volume, History of Draper 1849–1977. Fifth, to Blaine H. Nelson, who spent hours doing housekeeping work on the proofread text, and later correcting errors found when proofed by the Draper History Committee for final printing.

 An expression of gratitude is extended to the Zoo, Arts, and Parks Department for a $5,000 grant used in publishing this volume of Draper history. Acknowledgments are not complete until an arm of gratitude is placed around the shoulders of the hundreds who purchased volume one for themselves and as gifts. Grants and those who purchased volume one made it possible to make payments to Hiller Industries until the committee was debt free.

IMPORTANT FACTS: As committee members came to grips with producing volume two of Draper history, it was evident from the very beginning that all the history of Draper could not possibly be written in one book. Bits and pieces of history like snowflakes continued to descend upon the committee during the writing process, until the committee was forced to set a date when no additional information could be used in volume two. Many different short histories of Draper with unknown authors were received. Such histories included one, two, or more handwritten or typed pages. All histories were read, differences noted, and with future readers in mind only those parts of histories that generally agreed on important facts were considered for inclusion in volume two. Some readers may be upset with selections made by the committee when there was conflicting information about who built the first home, who fought against the army commanded by General Albert Sidney Johnston, who owned the first car in Draper, who was the first to enter the chicken business, and so on. These were the kinds of choices continually experienced during the writing process.

The committee recognizes that some readers may feel a need to write their own Draper history so the record can be corrected. No committee member will be offended should this attitude produce other histories of Draper. Records used in writing this history will be available in the Draper Historical Society Library for those individuals having a desire to write their own history.

The history in this book, as said before, although not all inclusive, covers from 1849 to 1977. It appeared to the committee that history must mature, that is, time must pass before an accurate appraisal can be made as to what really constitutes history. For this and other reasons, the committee decided to cover only the time period from when Draper was settled in 1849 to 1977 when Draper became a city.

There may be a few mistakes in spelling of names, grammar, dates, and other parts of the text. Countless hours in research and writing have been expended in publishing this history, and the committee hopes that through this history all Draperites can be proud of their Draper roots. An excellent proofreader, Stephen R. Cook, was engaged by the committee, and they are convinced he has rendered an excellent service.


Draper Historical Library

Diaries, Writings, Letters, Papers, Certificates, etc. Housed in the Draper Historical Library:

Abstract of Title, No. B-5114, Salt Lake County, Utah.

Allen, Andrew Jackson, Diary. 1848–1884 (81/2 x 11 Size).

Allen, Andrew W. Associations With Apostle Wilford Woodruff. Received 1995.

Andrus, Benjamin Franklin, History.

Boberg, Caroline Jensen. History.

Boberg, Lowell J. The Black Smith: Just a Memory.

Book of Remembrance, Draper Fourth Ward.1956–1966.

Boulter, Ester Ann Munro, History

Carter, Vern J. and Jessie E. Carter Sky Ranch Airport. 1948–1964.

Draper, Elizabeth Staker. History.

Ebenezer Brown Camp, DUP.

Enniss, Elisabeth Boulter. Journal.

Enniss, Noel H. Memory of, (son of Willard B. Enniss).

Enniss, Reid. Elmer and the Tunnel 1998.

Enniss, W. B. Funeral Book.

———. Notebook # 1. 1881–1890.

———. Personal History. 1905.

Fitzgerald, John History.

Fratto, Jim, The Winter of 48--49.

Garfield, Northrop E., History of Boy Scouts.

Green, Benjamin Shelcrosslee and Matilda Boberg. History.

Hendricksen, Robert S., Carl William Hendricksen History.

Interview with Willard B. Enniss. [1936].

James, Larry, Salt Lake City 1967.

Jensen, Lawrence F. Jensen Ancestry. 1995.

Keeler, Ralph Budd and Gertrude Olson. History.

List from U.S.P.S. Information Systems, Washington D.C. September 29, 1994.

Meek, Benjamin Rodgers, Autobiography.

Miller, Mary. Hometown Survey 1954.

Miller, Ruth, History.

Nielsen, Esther Elisabeth Steele History.

Rasmussen, Weldon and Romona, Rasmussen’s Store. History June 1998.

Richins, Vern and Wilma, History of the Draper Second Ward 1997.

Roe, Richard (Dickie) - Kip & Ann Wadsworth. Home Document.

Salt Lake Tribune

Smith, Barbara C., Life of Joseph Lauritz Smith, 1977.

Smith, John W. Manuscript, "John R. Park in Draper," quoted in 100 Year History of Education in a Utah Community. 1948

Smith, Joseph Michael and Celestia Ann Brown. Biography.

Smith, Joseph M. Silk Industry in Utah.

Stewart, Isaac Mitton. History.

Stokes, Fanny, History.

Thacker, Edison S., Sketch of The Life of Heber A. Smith.

The Draper Journal, [1926] published by Draper Civic Club.

The Draper Journal, December 13, 1940.

The First Relief Society Hall at South Willow Creek. Author Unknown.

Utah Poultry Building. Historical Site Form.

Van Dam, Geraldine. Life Story [Pearl Harbor].

Vawdrey, Thomas History.

Vawdrey, Wendell C. Autobiography.

Vawdrey, W. Cyrus. History.

Video tape interview with Harold Vawdrey, Jehu’s son.


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