When i was new – millard county chronicle progress

Delta was still so new when the idea of my construction began. The June edition of the Millard County Chronicle in 1935 published an article that stated, “Work has commenced on a new Seminary and Stake Office in Delta. The ground has been broken on the lot directly east of the Delta High School and it is the intention to have the building completed by this fall. The building will be of modern construction and will cost between $8,0000 and $10,000 when completed.”

“L.D.S. Seminary Building nearly done” was the headline in the October 17, 1935 edition of the Chronicle. “Nearly finished and almost ready for occupancy, this beautiful little brick and stucco building has a tile roof pleasing in appearance, substantial and a credit to the town.”

“To finish the seminary includes electrical, water, finishing two of the basement rooms and the completion of the building. It was erected on a 40/60 basis — the headquarters bearing the 40 percent and local residents, the balance of the 60 percent.”

Announcements flourished in the paper with me as the location. “Lady Lions to entertain husbands at a Halloween costume party.” “Tap Dance Revue under the direction of Elaine Hardy, tap dancing teacher. The highlight of the revue was the dance by little three-and-one-half-year-old Miss Sharon Hardy.” “The American Legion and Auxiliary will give a pot luck supper and card party.” “The Literary Club party with hostesses Angie Pratt, Joy Hurst, Reva Talbot, and Harriet Spendlove played games and had dinner.” The Garden Club met regularly in my building, along with bridge parties and many other socials.

But many serious matters filled my building as well, according to notices in the Chronicle. On January of 1949, the representatives of the Utah Crop Improvement Association met. “Anyone interested in alfalfa seed production is invited to attend.” Farmers learned record keeping here on Feb. of 1958. Small business advisers met with as many small shops and manufacturing plants as possible, offering free advice on subjects as finance, government contracts, management, development and increased production, along with a survey team that met here on March 17 of 1958.

Republicans used my rooms to hold mass meetings. The power company had a hearing to hear complaints concerning the services, equipment, and facilities of the Telluride Power Company. The Equalization Board met here, and the Melville Irrigation Company, according to various notices and reports from the Chronicle.

In 1952, a new stake house was built. Improvements were made as my road was oiled and trees grew to be as tall as my tiled roof. I watched while the town of Delta grew up around me. Businesses thrived or failed, and homes and churches went up and were torn down.

The school across from me filled to capacity, so that in the Sept. 19,1963 edition of the paper it was reported, “We have been cramped for space. Some classes being held in the Seminary building, some in the lunchroom and this year several classes are being held in the auditorium.” Thus began plans for a new Junior High and High School.

On May 26,1966, a notice for bids to construct a new seminary across the street from the new high school was published in the paper. The low bid was by Maurice G. Moore Construction Co. in Provo. The new Seminary building was dedicated in Oct. of 1967.

But my days were far from over. In July of 1967, a reporter wrote, “Council on aging center opens.” I was called the M.E. Bird Recreation Center in honor of Dr. Bird, who served on the state council for the aging. He had been instrumental in bringing me to the county. Glen W. Segmiller was appointed director and he cleaned and painted me in preparation. Sabrina Ekins, coordinator, said that a half century ago, only three million Americans were 65 or older. By 1970, the number will top 25 million. “The secret has been discovery of adding years to life,” she said. “Now we must use resources to discover how to add life to those years.”

I also served as a day care center in the basement. The program had a two-fold purpose, the April of 1967 article in the Millard County Chronicle stated. “To accept and assist the handicapped child reach his potential, and to give the parents of these children a needed rest for a few hours a day.”

I may live on in the memory of the few that remember using me — after all, I have touched so many people in my eighty-some years. Did I not welcome all residents into my arms? Somehow though, 20 feet of me was built on Delta City right-of-way.