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Davis Journal


Sep 09, 2022 10:51AM ● By Tom Haraldsen


“Learn while you laugh, and laugh while you learn.” This might have been the motto that Mark Twain kept on his desk pad while he wrote “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” which, in film form, is to be shown at the Bountiful Opera House on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 13 and 14. It was not meant to be instructive. It was meant to throw ridicule upon the idea that the Middle Ages were a better time than the present. But it teaches in spite of itself.


Henry H. Blood was the choice of the Democratic Party for candidate for governor at the convention held in Ogden on Saturday. If he is as fortunate on Election Day as he was at the convention, he will go in with a big majority. Through his road work and public life, Mr. Blood is known in every nook and corner of the state, and to understand road work like he does should be a big part of the governing of a state, especially when the amount of money expended for this purpose is considered.


Approximately 40 acres of brush and grass lands were ravaged by flames about 9 o’clock this evening (Sept. 4, 1942) at about one mile southeast of Bountiful. The Bountiful Fire Department, aided by 25 recruits, fought the spectacular hillside blaze for nearly two hours before it was brought under control, according to Earl Trump, fire truck driver. Augmented by portable fire extinguishers, the flames were subdued with the truck’s booster tank which holds 100 gallons of water and the usual wet sacks and shovels used by the volunteers and others.


Appointment of Dr. Richard A. Parry, Kaysville, as director of pupil personnel for the Davis County School District, was announced this week by Elmer Hartvigsen, superintendent. Dr. Parry, native of Salt Lake City, will take care of any special problems among 9,500 pupils expected to attend the 20 Davis County Schools beginning Sept. 12. His work will include care of pupil attendance, school census, exceptional children, speech and hearing problems, testing program and others, he said.


The board of Davis County commissioners have set the time for opening of bids for construction of the long-talked about new county jail. This bid opening is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. in the commission chambers at the county courthouse in Farmington. This new building, to be constructed south of the courthouse parking lot, will be connected to the courthouse by an underground tunnel for efficient and safe delivery of prisoners from the jail to the courtroom. This was completed some time ago along with some remodeling of the courthouse.


For Davis County parents who have children bound for college this fall, the bad news is that the cost has gone up appreciably this year. A survey shows that tuition bills are running about seven percent higher, on average. In addition, there has been a hike in room and board charges. Davis County families will be confronted with overall costs of approximately $10,380,000, it is estimated. According to the latest figures, the Davis County contingent of students will total close to 3,460. That compares to just 892 in 1960. 


Davis County 4-H club members who had winning exhibits in the Davis County Fair will now go to the Utah State Fair in Salt Lake City. There will be a 4-H contest and demonstration at the USU in Logan on Sept. 13, 14 and 15. Participating will be Ra Dawn Craven, Jolene Boman, Mike Jung and Jerilyn Huffaker, demonstrating home environment, health and horse grooming. A team consisting of Tricia King and Bret King will compete in horse confirmation. Jenny Jensen and Craig Dahl will compete in dairy foods, with Heidi Jensen giving an egg demonstration.


Although floodwaters are subsiding in much of the Midwestern United States, in many ways the cleanup efforts have only just begun. The First Baptist Church of Bountiful has offered to serve as a Davis County collection center for donated items to help with critical shortages. Since the flooding began in mid-June, over 38,000 individual family dwellings have been destroyed or damaged. Needed donations include clean-up kits, bedding, health kits, kitchen utensils, etc. Tax deductible donations may also be made directly to Church World Service. All items must be delivered by Sept. 25.