On our last drive to Arizona we took another way. We followed Highway 89 all the way to Flagstaff. We had been reading the journal of Darius Salem Clement and wanted to visit the Sanpete Valley where he had lived for many years and raised a family. It was a beautiful fall drive, made even more beautiful because of all the rain that had fallen in late summer. With all the green grass it was if Fall and Spring had smashed into one another.
Our first stop, however, was in Springville. Glen wanted to show me this bronze statue he had happened up while on a business appointment. Can't you just feel the energy of those children?
Our first more formal stop was the Fairview Museum of Art. Fairview was founded by early pioneers in Glen's paternal line and we remembered photos and memorabilia that we wanted to see again.
Glen is a direct descendant of Lindsay Anderson Brady and his son, Jordan Brady, who were original founders of Fairview in 1859. Glen's father was named after Jordan.
We had stopped here many years ago when we drove a car full of kids north to Utah on vacation. There has been some expansion during those years including this bright, well lit modern building.
When you find a 10,000 year old mastodon in the mountains east of town, you have to make a space for it. We were still most interested in the part that had once been the elementary school for Fairview.
Built in 1900, it was closed as a school in 1967. Community members united to turn it into a museum.
We did find fun family history photos and items. Glen loved this photograph (yes, I did take photographs of photographs) because it reminded him so of family stories about his sheep herding ancestors. President Monson told one such story in his remarks in General Conference last Sunday. It used to be common to see the streets of Salt Lake City or country roads full of thousands of sheep as they were moved to market.
One of the old school classrooms was a room dedicated to education and schools in Fairview.I loved this high school portrait. That is Warren Brady in the upper right hand corner. I just wanted to show how dark and handsome the Brady men were.
This is the adobe school used prior to the rock school which now houses the museum. As a former school teacher, I love photos like this. No one is identified in this photo but I'm sure there must be some Brady and Clement children.
That is also a Brady, Nettie, sitting on the counter at the community store.
The coming of the railroad really opened the world for the Fairview community. In Darius' journal, he tells about being able to go to the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple by train.
The railroad opened up their lives in other ways as well.
Each room in the eight room school/museum has a different emphasis. This room focused on the economy.
Public works often provided employment. The people in the top picture are the children, spouses, and grand children of Darius Salem Clement.
There was a tool room which I found to be very interesting.
Another room was dedicated to the people of Fairview including the founders.
Jordan Brady, son of Lindsay Anderson Brady, who was born in Nauvoo.
Lindsay Anderson Brady who was converted to the gospel by Wilford Woodruff in Kentucky.
Warren F. Brady, oldest son of Lindsay Anderson Brady and Elizabeth Hendrickson.
Thomas Alma Clement who was a younger brother of Darius Salem Clement and the probable reason that Darius and his family settled in Fairview after the demise of the Muddy Mission in Nevada.
This was a photograph that I had not yet seen of Jordan and Mary Lovina. It is hard to take a photograph of a photograph, especially when the glass is curved.
Lindsey Anderson Brady and Elizabeth (Betsy) Hendrickson.
Warren Brady and his wife Rachel Ann Cox. The Cox family was also one of the founding families.
These are the sons of Lindsay Anderson Brady.
Jordan Brady and Mary Lovina Howell with all of their children.
Apparently, all the daughters had babies the same year, thus this picture of Jordan and Lovina surrounded by their posterity. Unfortunately, this picture was not labeled.
Lovina and Jordan when older.
I include this picture of Jordan, son of Jordan, as further evidence of Jordan as a family name. The Sanderson family was also one of the original Fairview families.
The woman in this picture is Tranquilla Brady, daughter of Lindsay and Betsey.
Warren Brady on his wedding day. I bet he was a lady killer.
Family from the Clement side of the family.
I asked Glen how it felt to be in a room surrounded by his relatives.
He said, "Really good."
Some family memorabilia.
I loved stepping back in time and seeing the remnants of living a hundred or more years ago.
I'm sure that every piece has a story.
And the story of a quilt on display is told.
I think that story telling and love is part of what draws me to quilts.
Does anyone else feel like I sometimes feel, as if I was born in the wrong century?
It was fun to learn of the musical side of the Brady family.
What a dental office used to look like tucked into a smaller room (principal's office?).
I loved the Textiles and Clothing Room.
How many ways could one adjust this pattern?
Someone had donated a fascinating pattern collection. This is but a fraction.
Linen wedding dress.
The forerunner of my mothers Ironrite.
And her wringer washing machine. Similar items were in my home growing up.
Now that is a hair dryer.
Last, but not least is the Avard Fairbanks Room. He used the school as a studio before it became a museum space. Many of his preview works are here.
It is interesting to see the work which led to the bronzes now found in many historical places.
This room alone could be worth the trip even without the family history connection.
There is even more outside.
Farm implements and transportation.
A grain thresher.
A sheep herder wagon.
These items are at the back of the museum.
It is a beautiful place to visit, but especially so in the Fall.