12th Annual Homecoming Article


(Article that appeared in the Ogden Standard Examiner – 1930)

Twelfth annual homecoming of Plain City, celebrating the seventy-first anniversary of the settlement of the town held Tuesday, proved to be a very enjoyable affair and was attended by a large gathering of residents and former residents from other Utah towns and Idaho and Oregon.

Lyman Skeen, 79, only survivor of the original settlers, was guest of honor and gave a brief talk, Mr. Skeen is a son of Joseph Skeen who built the first log cabin in Plain City. Other early residents of Plain City, now residents of Smithfield, who attended the celebration, were Mrs. Tillie Collette Merrill, 81, and her sister, Mrs. Julia Collette Cantrell, 79.

Plain City was founded on March 17, 1859, by a group of people from Lehi. A history of the founding of the town and many interesting incidents connected therewith were given by P. M. Folkman.

A tribute to the pioneers of the town and to the pioneers of Utah was given by Miss May Taylor, A talk on community loyalty was given by Lawrence Jenkins. Wilmer blew presided at the morning session. Invocation was given by Gilbert Thatcher.

March 17, the date on which Plain City was founded, was also the date on which the Relief Society of the L.D.S. Church was organized in Nauvoo by the Prophet Joseph Smith and this subject was discussed by Mrs. Sarah Larkin of the North Weber Stake Relief Society Presidency.

Mayor Ora Bundy, City Commissioners Fred E. Williams and W. J. Rackham, and County Commissioners F. W. Stratford, Harvey P. Randell and I. A. Norris were among the distinguished guests.

Luncheon was served at noon. Dancing was enjoyed at night. Music and readings and other features were on the program which continued throughout the day.