Kearns Historical Society

Kearns Historical Society Kearns Historical Society was established in 1997 by the first official Kearns Historian, who gathered and preserved what was thought to be a lost history.
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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.

01/13/2020
Salt Lake City's History Minute - The Terrace Ballroom

Over the past few years, I have heard so many stories about this place. It's funny, I know where the Coconut Grove was, but then along came another place and another one. I never knew the Coconut Grove went by so many names in just a short time. It played a big part in the Camp Kearns History,

What started as The Coconut Grove and ended as The Terrace Ballroom was once the most important spot in music in Salt Lake City... Produced by SLCtv

3 Questions with Bob Evans: Gail Halverson, the ‘Candy Bomber’
08/29/2019
3 Questions with Bob Evans: Gail Halverson, the ‘Candy Bomber’

3 Questions with Bob Evans: Gail Halverson, the ‘Candy Bomber’

Gail Halverson became well-known during World War II for a unique way he went about brightening children's lives in a war-torn Germany. Fox 13's Bob Evans sat down with Col. Halverson and asked him three questions: How and why did you become the "Candy Bomber?" Did your commanding officer know what....

06/27/2019

On Wednesday June 26, I received a private massage from an individual saying they were writing an article about Camp Kearns for a military magazine. Here is what was said, leaving off their name and contact information, “Is there anything left of Camp Kearns? I am writing an article for a Utah military magazine, and was looking for more information. Thanks.” I answered their question, with no nothing left that would fall into the specs of being historically correct or identifiable to its time. This is what has been told to me by the Utah Historical Society, for the past 20 years. In fact, if we were to try and list any of the original 100 homes first built in Kearns none of them could fall into the specs. How do I know, I have spent 4 years trying, just so Kearns could have a historical district, something that we could call our own. Through it all I did manage to prove to the county that they did indeed own the roads in the warehouse area, that they had claimed for over 60 years they didn’t. Even went as far as to try and get this listed as a historical district but couldn’t. However, others were happy to stand in line and get the credit for all the work I had done in order to get those streets designated as county own streets.
The next question from this individual, “Thanks for the information. Is there a Kearns Museum that might house documents about Camp Kearns?” I answered right back, “No, we have no such museum. But I have most of the documents. If you tell me what your looking for I might be able to help you.” And now for their answer back, it’s a killer one, and one I see all the time. “I found a lot of information from Utah History Encyclopedia and from The Awkward State of Utah by Charles Peterson and Brian Cannon. I was mostly interested in being able to find out if there were any existing buildings that people could visit today. In other words, an "If You Go" sidebar that would provide directions. But you answered that question, so thanks for your help.”
Basically, here we go AGAIN! Someone is out there to write an article full on nonsense that is going to be gospel because their facts are from people who took their sources from people who got theirs by word of mouth not by record or documents. In short the real documents soon won’t mean a dam. Why am I wasting my time and efforts?

05/27/2019
More Than A Name On A Wall

About 15 years ago, I went to DC. More than anything I wanted to visit the grave of President Kennedy. My family wanted to visit museums, it is true power is within the numbers, and it was off to visit museums.
At night we would make plains for the following day as to what we would do and what we would see, they had the day plain, but then there was something inside of me that stood up I made my point. "I have never asked for much, especially on my birthday but tomorrow I am going to visit President Kennedy's grave. I am going with or without you I don't care, but I didn't come all this way not to stop by and visit the people who made a difference in my life. And since tomorrow is my birthday, I am going to the cemetery, and the rose's that you should be giving me, I am going to be giving to those hero's of mine." To which my son said, "Mom if I was to get you a dozen roses, you would walk out of there with 10 still in your hand." My husband who had sat quietly during this whole time, turned to my son and said, "Don't count on it!"
The next morning I awoke and we started off the day as planned, we all got on the subway, they got off and I stayed on. The door slowly shut, my son turned to his father and said, "Dad she isn't getting off. We'll never find her now!" I finished the ride down to the cemetery, went to the office with a long list of names, and waited for them to tell me where I would find them. They handed me back a map of all the places I had to visit that day, I turned and walked out to start my day off. At the bottom of the path I turned to go watch the changing of the guard. When it was over I started off with my journey, there at the bottom of the path was my son with his arms load with roses, and my husband with his arms loaded with roses, they had been in the office asking if I had been there yet, I would have had a long list of names. It didn't take them long to remember that I had been there and left a little over an hour. The man said to my husband, "Where are you folks from?" Utah. "Yes she was here had a page full of names she wanted to know where they were. I knew she wasn't just a tourist because most of those names are the one's that family members ask for. She couldn't possibly know all those people." My son, still horrified replied to the man, "I wouldn't count on it." My husband stood and thought for a moment, and then explained to the man that for 10 years each month he had a phone bill come in nothing under $200.00 bucks. He could name about 15 of those names off. By the time he was done talking, the man offered to take them around the place to find me, so I could put roses on those graves.
By 3 that afternoon, I had completed my journey, and now it was off to the national cathedral, when we came out the sun was just starting to set. It was a beautiful fall evening, when someone had mentioned now is the time to go see the memorials. So we took their advice, Every one of them have a black shiny wall, in which you could see reflections in. The Korean memorial, was a stream of soldiers marching off to the heavens, in perfect formation. At the wall you could see reflections of soldiers with heads bowed.
I have often said, " the world is covered with white crosses, of a mother's son, a father's best friend, a child's father and you'll always find a dinner table with one empty chair. But at the end of the day, no matter what side of the war you happen to be standing, there lies shattered lives and broken hearts that will never be mended whole again. This is when you have to ask your soul, is war really worth it?"

Tribute To Charlie Company, 4th/47th's fallen soldiers (www.9thinfantrydivision.com), those recently lost and to all Veterans of the Vietnam War. This video ...

05/26/2019
Taps For The Fallen Brave

Taps For The Fallen Brave

In Remembrance Of Those Who Have Paid The Ultimate Sacrifice For Our Country And The Liberties We Enjoy! The Price Of Freedom Is Rich In American Blood! My M...

This is a sad day indeed! we have lost Col Dick Cole the last of the Doolittle Raiders. In my life time I was lucky enou...
04/10/2019

This is a sad day indeed! we have lost Col Dick Cole the last of the Doolittle Raiders. In my life time I was lucky enough to meet 3 of them, sit down and have a conversation with them. This is truly soon going to be impossible to ever get any WWII vets story.

We are heartbroken to learn that Lt Col Richard "Dick" Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider, and long-time B-25 and C-47 pilot, has passed away. Dick was a hero, friend, and CAF member and he will be missed by all who knew him. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.

Photo credit: Richard Mallory Allnutt

The Afatasi family has always been a supporter of the community and the children in Kearns, They have helped anyone and ...
03/23/2019
Kearns community rallies around football player who was paralyzed at trampoline park

The Afatasi family has always been a supporter of the community and the children in Kearns, They have helped anyone and everyone who needed a hand up, please help them out during this awful time in their life.

Audrick “Stak” Afatasi is used to taking hard hits as a linebacker for the Kearns High School football team. But he’s now fighting to regain feeling to his lower body after being paralyzed at a trampoline park over the weekend. Stak’s brother and football teammate Isaiah Afat...

02/22/2019
Navajo Traditional Teachings

That a moment to watch this, it is awesome!

Navajo Historian, Wally Brown, teaches about what to do traditionally when you hear the first thunder of the year.

02/13/2019
USBE Board Meeting

People listen to the words from the Utah State Board of Education. If you're in Granite School District we all need to figure out how to get rid of some of the folks on this board.

8:00 AM (closed session); 9:15 AM Open session begins. (Times and item order are subject to change)

02/13/2019
The Kearns Metro Township

The final outcome of the Kearns School that is being forced to close.

iKearns Community,
Here is the official typed statement from the Utah State Board of Education.

There has been some misinformation about the reason for the Oquirrh Hills Elementary closure in Granite School District. Specifically, some sources have said that the school was “forced” to close due to failing to exit the state school turnaround program. This is not correct.

It is true that Oquirrh Hills Elementary did not exit the state turnaround program this year, however under state law, Granite School District then had the option of recommending an action to the Utah State Board of Education, which would have then made the final decision on how to handle the school’s failure to exit. Prior to the date it was required to make its recommendation to USBE, the Granite School Board chose to close the school under its own authority and independent from the turnaround program.

This eliminated the ability of USBE to act at all and took Oquirrh Hill’s future out of the state’s hands. Our position is that it is incorrect to say the school “closed under” the turnaround program or that turnaround is the direct reasons for the closure.

In short, I would like the students at Oquirrh Hill’s elementary school to know that the school was not closed due to any fault of theirs.

Utah State Board of Education

Representative Eric Hutchings
02/01/2019

Representative Eric Hutchings

Check out my new blog, "Hutchings Happenings", where I will be posting updates and stories on the 2019 Utah Legislature Session! http://erichutchings.blogspot.com/

Only 8 WWII Code Talkers left today, and there are still people believing that history is not worth saving. RIP Sir! and...
01/15/2019

Only 8 WWII Code Talkers left today, and there are still people believing that history is not worth saving. RIP Sir! and THANK YOU!

#BREAKING Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman Sr. has passed at the age of 94. Private First Class Newman was born on July 21, 1924 at Rehoboth Hospital east of Gallup, New Mexico, his Mother was from Coolidge, New Mexico (Chíshí Nez). Sadly of the 400+ Navajo Code Talkers whom served in WW2 only 8 remain. Hagoné dóó A'yehéé shi cheii! Diné bizaad yee atah naayéé yik'eh deesdlíí.

09/21/2018
Kearns Historical Society

What a shame there was no 2018 Showing.

#TBT Camp Kearns Museum for a Day. This year the event will be held on September 30th at Hope Church. Here is a sample of last years exhibit.

07/25/2018
Pray For Ray

Pray For Ray

Ray Humpherys, loved by many, went missing Wednesday night in the Unitas while on an annual backpacking trip at Hidden Lake with family. Updates here!

07/07/2018

I am looking for a photo of the Kearns High Marching band the year they went to Europe. I want to use it in a presentation I am doing. I would like it to be a full march parade picture.

06/29/2018
Preserve Murray

Preserve Murray

Murray's downtown historic square will remain standing tall! Mount Vernon Academy's former home, the 1907 Murray First Ward Church and Carnegie Library, can now be re-purposed. 😀 Let's get behind the effort of showing the potential of these buildings being a vital contribution to downtown's redevelopment. Stay tuned for more details and upcoming events. ⛪😊 #PreserveMurray #PreservationUtah #NewLifeForHistoricBuildings

Amy
04/15/2018

Amy

Kearns Jr. High is celebrating over 60 years in the community with a celebration event on April 25th from 5 to 7 pm.

Camp Kearns: Documents offer new glimpse into life at dismantled WWII base
03/08/2018
Camp Kearns: Documents offer new glimpse into life at dismantled WWII base

Camp Kearns: Documents offer new glimpse into life at dismantled WWII base

Few signs of it remain. But 65 years ago, it was Utah's third-largest community. Movie stars toured it regularly. Harry Truman visited. Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole played to huge crowds here. So did the Metropolitan Opera's star baritone of the day.

12/01/2017

Congratulations to Pam Todd on her new Curator Position. Working with the Air Museum will open doors for funding our permanent Camp Kearns Museum in Kearns. Considering making an end of year donation to the Kearns Historical Society.

11/22/2017

Folks I have a high tolerance for many things but being rude I have none. Tonight someone by the name of Lisa Kolstad came on this site yelling and carrying on about issues of todays world and potlitcal views. I about fell over when I found out she was a retired school teacher by the language she was using with me,when I objected to her using this site for her own personal agenda and political issues. This was a history site where we all respect each other.She felt that she was allowed to use any site she wanted to using her fowl personal agenda under her freedom of speech. So I used mine and quickly banned her from this site. She thought I should inform everyone here we should be nice, so you all been informed now,(LOL) I apologize to anyone that had to read that post she made.

When I see group pictures like this, I first see someone’s son, someone’s husband, someone’s father. The second this I s...
11/10/2017

When I see group pictures like this, I first see someone’s son, someone’s husband, someone’s father. The second this I see is a soldier standing proud, then it hits me, not even half of them came home, they died for this country. None absolutely none of then returned the same person. Yet today we continue to place the value of a lost aircraft, above the value of their life. Famous battles won, always due to the type of amour, or aircraft they call the missions. What about the value of the lives lost, the men who fought, and still fight today just for one normal day. Thank you to all the veterans who still remain standing tall and proud, who have brought home the battle wounds for all of us to see and to be quickly reminded that our freedoms are not free, someone is paying the piper.

In Honor of Gail Halverson
10/11/2017

In Honor of Gail Halverson

Remember when our parents would tell us the history would be impossible to find. I not only found it, but I got the proo...
10/11/2017

Remember when our parents would tell us the history would be impossible to find. I not only found it, but I got the proof that we found it. Now we hear that it will be impossible for Kearns to ever have a museum. Well GUESS WHAT. This is what impossible looks like. And we do have a museum even if it is only for a day,

Remember when our parents would tell us the history would be impossible to find. I not only found it, but I got the proof that we found it. Now we hear that it will be impossible for Kearns to ever have a museum. Well GUESS WHAT. This is what impossible looks like. And we do have a museum even if it is only for a day,

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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.