Kearns Historical Society

Kearns Historical Society “A community without its history is a community without a past and no future in sight.” When I first heard this I could sum it up in one word - Kearns.
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I have long said; "A community without a history has no past and no future." We once was a community without its history because our history was a lost history. We have it back now, we have a future for our community lets not waste it and get a museum.

Operating as usual

Rep. Ben McAdams
10/10/2020

Rep. Ben McAdams

Wishing a very happy birthday to Gail Halvorsen who turns 100 today! When WWII ended, Gail served missions dropping food supplies to hungry Berliners. When he noticed the kids didn't have anything sweet, he also dropped candy to them, earning the title, "Candy Bomber."

Happy birthday, Gail, and thank you for your service! 🍭✈️ 🇺🇸

More about Gail's story here: www.deseret.com/utah/2020/10/4/21498970/as-utahs-candy-bomber-turns-100-his-sweet-story-remains-timeless

(Photo taken prior to COVID-19 pandemic)

This should be awesome to see!
09/24/2020

This should be awesome to see!

Join us for a virtual / online live pay per view event featuring a live presentation by the legendary WWII P-51 ace Bud Anderson. Join us from the comfort of your home for this online event Saturday Oct. 3rd. 4-6pm PST. Tickets are just $5 per person. Limited tickets available. There will also be a question and answer session that viewers get to participate in. Don't miss your chance to learn history from a man who lived it!! We will be using Zoom to broadcast this event. Get your tickets here: https://www.donasity.com/fundraiser/TVRRMk1RPT0=/AN-EVENING-WITH-A-LEGEND

09/21/2020

I NEED YOUR HELP!! PLEASE WILL YOU HELP ME.

This is a work in progress, and at times I need help. This is one of them, so far all I see is a list of names some of them I knew who they were if I heard the name. Most of them I did not know even if I had heard the name yesterday, or today. As with a lot of records mistakes are made, those changes can never be corrected. Since we are the writers, and the keepers or OUR community history lets work together in making this list of the first 100 residents come alive. Here is how we can do this-
If this was your parent, grandparent, write a short bio of them, send a scanned picture of them to- [email protected] in the subject like say: Bio of (name) . When writing the bio, add their birth date, and place then what you would like the public to know about them. Be sure to add your contact information at the end and your relationship.
If the person was your friend, or neighbor please do the same, but in the subject line put - Memories of (name)
If the name is miss-spelled here is where we can make it right.

Thank you for all and any help anyone can provide on this project.

The First 100 Residents of Kearns

1.Nuel Bambrough
2.William Baird
3.Clyde Bench
4.Walter Bergstrom
5.Harrold Bigler
6.Wallace Bingham
7.Thomas Blair
8.Vernon Brundage
9.Burke Bugger
10.Ray A. Campbell
11.Donald Carlisle
12.Richard Chadderton
13.Rex Christensen
14.Ernest Clayton
15.Thomas P. Cornell
16.Bernard Cude
17.Patrick Culbertson
18.Ivan Davenport
19.Darrel Despain
20.LsNar Despain
21.Joseph Dillier
22.Jack A. Draxler
23.Basil C. Dredge
24.John Duffy
25.James Dunaway
26.Albert Dunlap
27.Charles Eaton
28.Stanley Elliott
29.L. Ronald Elmen
30.Oliver Fairbanks
31.Glen Farley
32.Julian Fender
33.Ramon Ferre
34.Richard Fitzgerald
35.Dale LaMar Fox
36.Albert C. Furse
37.Kenneth Hall
38.Richard Hanson
39.Calvin T. Harding
40.Robert R. Harrison
41.Richard E. Heath
42.Lewis K. Higgins
43.Joseph Hunter jr.
44.Vernon Hurst
45.J.W. Jarvis Jr.
46.Henry Jennings
47.Harold V. Johnson
48.Rolf W. Kay
49.Paul Kiley
50.John Knickerbocker
51.Norman Labrum
52.Fred J. Larsen
53.Earl W. Lay
54.John A. Lee
55.Paul Linton
56.Leonard Lund
57.William Mansell
58.Ralph E. Martin
59.Eddie Moore
60.Francis Nielsen
61.Rex Oberhansley
62.Raymond Olsen
63.Thomas Parmley
64.Noel L. Payne
65.Don Pearce
66.David Perkins
67.John L Petersen
68.Ray G. Petersen
69.Robert Pollard
70.R. J. Richardson
71.Russell Riggs
72.Pasquale Rizzuto
73.James Robinson
74.Horbort Russell
75.Miller A Sams ( He was the first resident.)
76.Glenn A. Sarbo
77.John H. Savage
78.Don A. Smith
79.Lyman E. Smith
80.Claire W. Snell
81.Ned Wm. Sorenson
82.Samuel Teagarden
83.Percy W, Thomas
84.Richard N.Turvillo
85.Poland Turville
86.William VanRiper
87.Lloyd Viall
88.Marvin Waldo
89.Lewis Walker
90.Jack Wells
91.Robert T Wells
92.Claire Whitehead
93.Charles Wilkinson
94.Charles W. Willard
95.Roy R Williams
96.Dean G Winters
97.Seth K Woods
98.Leslie Wright
99.Juel m Yates
100.Lloyd Yowell

09/17/2020

The First 100 Residents of Kearns

1.Nuel Bambrough
2.William Baird
3.Clyde Bench
4.Walter Bergstrom
5.Harrold Bigler
6.Wallace Bingham
7.Thomas Blair
8.Vernon Brundage
9.Burke Bugger
10.Ray A. Campbell
11.Donald Carlisle
12.Richard Chadderton
13.Rex Christensen
14.Ernest Clayton
15.Thomas P. Cornell
16.Bernard Cude
17.Patrick Culbertson
18.Ivan Davenport
19.Darrel Despain
20.LsNar Despain
21.Joseph Dillier
22.Jack A. Draxler
23.Basil C. Dredge
24.John Duffy
25.James Dunaway
26.Albert Dunlap
27.Charles Eaton
28.Stanley Elliott
29.L. Ronald Elmen
30.Oliver Fairbanks
31.Glen Farley
32.Julian Fender
33.Ramon Ferre
34.Richard Fitzgerald
35.Dale LaMar Fox
36.Albert C. Furse
37.Kenneth Hall
38.Richard Hanson
39.Calvin T. Harding
40.Robert R. Harrison
41.Richard E. Heath
42.Lewis K. Higgins
43.Joseph Hunter jr.
44.Vernon Hurst
45.J.W. Jarvis Jr.
46.Henry Jennings
47.Harold V. Johnson
48.Rolf W. Kay
49.Paul Kiley
50.John Knickerbocker
51.Norman Labrum
52.Fred J. Larsen
53.Earl W. Lay
54.John A. Lee
55.Paul Linton
56.Leonard Lund
57.William Mansell
58.Ralph E. Martin
59.Eddie Moore
60.Francis Nielsen
61.Rex Oberhansley
62.Raymond Olsen
63.Thomas Parmley
64.Noel L. Payne
65.Don Pearce
66.David Perkins
67.John L Petersen
68.Ray G. Petersen
69.Robert Pollard
70.R. J. Richardson
71.Russell Riggs
72.Pasquale Rizzuto
73.James Robinson
74.Horbort Russell
75.Miller A Sams ( He was the first resident.)
76.Glenn A. Sarbo
77.John H. Savage
78.Don A. Smith
79.Lyman E. Smith
80.Claire W. Snell
81.Ned Wm. Sorenson
82.Samuel Teagarden
83.Percy W, Thomas
84.Richard N.Turvillo
85.Poland Turville
86.William VanRiper
87.Lloyd Viall
88.Marvin Waldo
89.Lewis Jalker
90.Jack Wells
91.Robert T Wells
92.Claire Whitehead
93.Charles Wilkinson
94.Charles W. Willard
95.Roy R Williams
96.Dean G Winters
97.Seth K Woods
98.Leslie Wright
99.Juel m Yates
100.Lloyd Yowell

09/17/2020

1952 Kearns Residential Directory- Over this past weekend a post was made which prompted me to look for my first 100 residents list. Since I could not find it, this directory was the first thing I located that would answer the question. Since I did not have time to type out this full list, at the time I thought that viewing the real record would be an extra treat for everyone. I took pictures of it with my cell phone then tried to down load them all on to this page but it wasn't happening. I called Michael Allen Gray who was kind enough to help me. And at that I sent page by page over to him and he posted what I sent him. I would like to thank him for his assistance in helping me out all the time. This list would not have been possible without his help. THANK YOU MICHAEL! Your awesome!

09/16/2020

October 10, 1948 an article appeared in the Murray Eagle that read as follows:

Kearns Townsite Construction Set for Spring

Actual construction of homes at Kearns Townsite is expected to be lunched by spring, S.D. Caplan, manager reports. The corporation plans to spend $18,000,000 constructing 2400 homes with a selling ceiling of $7500.
Mr. Caplan conferred this week with Paul B. Young, president and general manager, Haddock Engineers, Ltd., the company which is building $10,000,000 in housing for the Atomic Energy Commission at Albuquerque, N. Mex. Mr. Young said the site west of Murray forms an excellent location for the housing project planned by Mr. Caplan’s company. Mr. Young suggested the use of pre-fabricated houses, at Kearns. He said his firm had used such houses on four large projects undertaken since the war.
Arthur Caplan, principal owner of Kearns Townsite (no relation to the other Mr. Caplan) is due at Kearns today (Friday) to confer with his manager concerning progress made and plans laid for the giant housing program. Undoubtedly Mr. Young’s suggestion will come up for discussion by the Kearns officials next week.
Meanwhile the Caplans are intensifying efforts to dispose of the war surplus material still remaining at the Townsite.
Each warehouse that was left over from the days of Camp Kearns had a loading dock next to a paved road on one side and loading dock for rail road freight on the other side. The entire area was serviced by 1 ½ miles of spur track belonging to the Kearns Townsite Inc. The Warehouses themselves were a framed building with high trusses and are built on concrete slabs.
As part of the development of Kearns, first the Kearns Townsite management had the responsibility of selling all the left over items that were left in the remaining buildings. Each building was loaded with items. After this step was completed the management was prepared to enter into long term lease agreements for the existing building and to sell the remaining acreage where no buildings were located for industrial plants or to build warehouses to meet any size industry interested in a location. Using the advantage point of having every utility and facility at their finger tips made selling a plus it was indeed a rare find even in those days.
In the meantime, it had been determined that as soon as possible the Creditors Committee would be made to consolidate their inventories and to release warehouses not needed for sale. An inter-local agreement then was made to rent out as many of the warehouse as possible that were not being uses at the time. A maximum of $175.00 per warehouse was collected and a minimum of $150.00. Possibilities’ of furthering the ideas of sell the warehouses became evident when there were more people who wanted to buy other than to rent them. Those warehouses that were not being used by Standard Surplus were then sold, all but the cold storage plant which was being used. At this time a cold storage plant was also semi-rare for that reason the committee felt that until suitable buyer was found they would rent it out.

Businesses Development
Standard Surplus of New York bought the Kearns property, they developed another business under them known as the Kearns Townsite Inc, this would give those people the legal powers needed to be able to develop a community, and those people that were working in New York the out they needed to stop traveling back and forth from New York to Salt Lake.
A new business was established by the Kearns Townsite Inc., to the Kearns Warehouse and Storage Company established on October 20, 1948 when issues of corporation was filed with the state of Utah. When the issues expired for the Kearns Townsite Inc, they developed themselves as a committee under the new business of the Kearns Warehouse and Storage Company. They all remained under the control of Standard Surplus of New York who was the parent company in New York having never filed corporation issues in the state of Utah. They would later create another business; “Kearns Utilities” before selling the business of developing the community of Kearns.
Most of the first businesses in Kearns were housed in the warehouses, and all of the redevelopment businesses were housed in the warehouses. Today; the warehouse area is located from Warehouse Road approximately 4800 West to 5600 South and from 4800 West to 5600 West.

The Warehouses during the time of development.
Cold Storage Warehouse # 711
This warehouse is completely refrigerated and can be kept at almost any temperature. During the years of 1941-1946 it was the only cold storage plant in Utah and supplied food to the surrounding military bases in Utah. Food supplies were shipped out by train daily to those bases.
After Kearns was closed and up to and for a short time after Standard Supply had purchased the area this structure had remained closed. After the development of the Kearns Townsite Inc., a committee was established to create plains of how to best utilize the Cold Storage warehouse and others in this area. It was decided upon that the warehouses would be rented out on a month to month bases, and the money earned would then filter back into the Kearns Townsite for further developments within the new community. During this time and for the first winter the plant was used as a community cold storage area and spaces were rented out for personal produce and meat. This was a good thing because there were no paved roads leading to Kearns and no stores in Kearns for people to do their grocery shopping. Finally a short term renter was located and he rented the plant allowing the towns people to keep storing their items, for this he received a discount from the asking price.
A buyer was eventually located who was willing to make a business out of it and without moving the structure. A Utah business that can trace its roots back five generations all of whom have played a part in keeping it a respectable business in Kearns, known as Condies Foods.

In 1938, Charles Black worked for Grand Central Markets in the produce department. He and his wife traveled to California and found a market selling little packages of prepared coleslaw. After returning to Utah the Blacks decided to make the product from their kitchen and market it to local stores.
They put the coleslaw in little cellophane bags, no label or name appeared on the package, and the first store to carry the product was the Liberty Park Grocery that was owned by Chick’s grandmother Annie Condie; behind the store was his grandmother’s home. She sold the bags of salad to help her grandson and recommended the new product to her clientele. To honor her and her memory they named the company after her.
Mr. Black heard about the cold storage plant in Kearns and ventured out to the location; the business had out grown it’s current location. The cold storage plant had met with the needs of the up and growing business and Mr. Black purchased the warehouse at that time, letting his interest known in two other warehouses near by that were also for sale. His name was added to the list of potential buyers while he rented the other two warehouses for a short time before buying them.
They had three son’s Gary, Charlie and Bruce all graduated from Utah State University and studied business and agriculture, when father Charles brought them into the business. The family would farm in the summer and process the produce during the winter months. Charlie ran the farm and raised onions and cabbage, while Bruce and Gary ran the plant. Mrs. Condie’s Salad Company had carried that name until1979, when the boys bought the parents remaining interest our and changed the name to Condies Foods. The father passed away shortly there after at the age of 80 years old.
From those humble beginnings, Condies Food now has more than 200 employees. It is likely that this is the oldest continuously held family-owned fresh-cut processing operation in the United States.
Condies foods owns warehouses 711, 712, and 713.
Warehouse 714
Warehouse 715

Warehouse 721, 722, 723
Owned by George Muailla and Walter Amurdsen of Kam homes. They installed wood working equipment and began manufacturing pre-cut homes and other building products. Warehouse 723 was used for lumber storage on July 23,1958 the warehouse burned to the gorund destroying $81,000 worth of supplies. This company had employed as many as 60 people at one time.
Warehouse 724
Warehouse 725

Warehouse 732 & 733
Owned by Al Mackin and Maxine Mackin of United Furniture Industries.
While on a road trip the Mackin’s passed through Salt Lake in 1948. Mr. Mackin was a general manager of the Gay Furniture Manufacturing Co., out of Chattanooga Tennessee. Learning that the Wasatch Furniture Manufacturing Co., was discontinuing business, Mr. Mackin purchased the business with the idea of selling the equipment. He and his wife Maxine decided to go into business for themselves. They bought the two Kearns warehouses in 1948 and founded United Furniture Industries. The Company started with Mr. Mackin as president, Gordan Feil as vice-president and Mrs. Mackin as secretary and treasurer along with five skilled workmen.
The company suffered a major setback during their first year when an overheated furnace sat off the new overhead fire sprinkling system damaging all the stock. It wasn’t until three year later in 1951 that the business started to take a steady upward climb.
On December 31, 2014 warehouse 732 burnt completely to the ground. As of to date the cause was never release to the general public.

Warehouse 734 Mountain View Construction Company
This warehouse was used by Mountain View Construction Company and was one out of the four they had. Mountain View was the builder of the homes in Kearns from 1949 until Hoffman interests bought the ground in 1953. The other warehouse they had were 735, 744, 745.

(Warehouse 744 has a conflict of history – see explanation on, #744)

Warehouse 741 Sold and moved
During the times of the on site auctions this ware house was sold and moved.

Warehouse 742 Engineering Services Co.
This warehouse was the testing laboratory for the Engineering Services Co., from May 1950 until it burned in 1954.
Mr. S.D. Caplan was manager of this company, A. Miller Sams was the testing laboratory manager. Equipment of the laboratory included a 400,000 pound direct loading machine for testing steel or concrete specimens, a hardness testing machine, a fog room for curing samples, X-ray equipment for steel inspection, balances etc. The laboratory was equipped to do testing on all types of construction materials, this was done in accordance with American Society for testing materials and Association of State Officials standards. They also specialized in municipal engineering.
Warehouse 743 Rental unit belonging to the Kearns Townsite Inc.
This was used for almost six years by the Kearns Townsite Inc for storage. In 1953 they sold the business to Hoffman so they could continue to build homes. It sat vacant for several years and then was sold to the Trane Co., an air conditioning manufacturer out of LaCross, Wisconsin.

Warehouse 744 Sold and Moved
During the times of the on site auctions this ware house was sold to a Mr. Farmer and moved somewhere along the Bingham Highway near Midvale. An add ran in The Deseret News September 26, 1948 in part is states the following: Warehouse Removal Sale; formerly located at Camp Kearns Warehouse N0. 744, we have now moved our stock to Herriman enabling us to expand out facilities to server you more efficiently.
This is a direct conflict of information that has also been reported; Warehouse 744 was sold to Mountain View Construction Company, it was used for shops and lumber storage until Hoffman Construction interests bought the ground in 1953, this warehouse later went on to become GI Surplus Sales owned by J.D. Croft and Thomas Croft

Warehouse 745 Mountain View Construction Company
This ware house was used by Mountain View Construction Company and was one out of the four they had. Mountain View was the builder of the homes in Kearns from 1949 until Hoffman interests bought the ground in 1953. The other warehouse they had were 735, 744, 745.

714 715 724 725 734 735 These warehouses are the only ones I do not have a history of.

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Historical Kearns top. Same shot 2017 on bottom.
War Dept. Telegram 1944 Kearns Field
From 1943, here’s a photo of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Kearns. It appears that a TV camera from KDYL is just to the right of the trunk.
Page two of article of swimming pool in kearns.
Found this. My sister, Kay Romrell, worked there during the summer of 1972 or 73 as a towel attendant. My old sister Sharon, was a life guard for many years.
Kearns Jr. High is celebrating over 60 years in the community with a celebration event on April 25th from 5 to 7 pm.
we have a historical society??? awesome.
Charles D. Buchinsky AKA Charles Bronson is listed as B 29 nose gunner and Tail gunner curious to know which actual position was it.