A Good Life in Syracuse

Bruce and Mary (Williams) Schofield met at Syracuse Elementary over 85 years ago. At one point, they rigged a cable across the street so that they could talk to one another at any time. Think slightly more complicated than two tin cans strung across the road. They couldn’t call anywhere else but they could talk to each other. With smartphones and instant communication to anywhere in the world today, it is hard to imagine. Bruce and Mary have lived in Syracuse their entire lives. They used to know every person who lived here. There is no way to know everyone now, there are too many new people who have moved in. The growth has been tremendous.

The first school which neither of them attended was built by the Bodily’s across the street from the Schofield’s current house. Though the school wasn’t in existence when they were growing up, they heard stories about it from their parents. There were railroad tracks that led to a local resort nearby. Those tracks and the resort are now covered by houses and a golf course.

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Mary lived in a cute house on Main Street and was born in one of the rooms upstairs to Lionel and Golda (Walker) Williams. The house is still there. When she was old enough, her chores started early each morning, moving cattle down to the pasture past where Black Island Farms are now and just below RC Willey’s and then rounding them back up at the end of the day. They rode their horses and worked together as a family. She remembered one day getting bucked off her horse and hitting a barbed wire fence and cutting herself.

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Mary loved growing up in Syracuse. She had kids in the neighborhood that were her age and remembers having so much fun. When Mary was a teenager she moved into a house across the street from Bruce. They became really good friends and did everything together. Mary’s Dad did many things for work—carpentry and farming were his main occupations, but in those days it was important to know a little about everything, and he did. The little white house that is next to the museum with trees around it belonged to Mary’s grandmother and was one of many houses her dad built. Her dad even helped build the house the Schofield’s live in now. It was a very small space until after all their children were born. Mary’s dad came and helped add on so there would be plenty of room for their big family to grow up in. Mary’s family owned most of the land that surrounds their current home.

She remembers sleeping over at her grandma’s house and waking up to the news that the church (where the CVS is today) had burned down that night. She had slept through all the excitement. The only telephone line in town came from Hooper to a store in Syracuse. Mary’s mother and her sister (when they were children) hand carried the messages that came from that telephone to people in Syracuse.

Bruce, son of Donald and Cynthia May (Stoddard) Schofield, remembers their school principal was called “Cotton” Anderson or, “yard stick” because he would swot them with a yard stick when they were misbehaving. Bruce’s bus driver was his neighbor and when it would rain, the fields would become a muddy mess. All the boys including his brother Lee, would go help the bus driver push the bus out of the field onto the gravel road. He recalls on several occasions pushing it too far, and off the road into the mess on the other side so they wouldn’t have to go to school—it usually worked. Bruce also remembers that all the children would carry their lunches in brown paper bags. Every once in a while they would play tricks on kids and put their lunches under the bus’s wheels to get smashed.

Bruce’s dad was a farmer and Bruce remembers how much work it took to clear a field. They would use an old D CAT tractor with a scraper on the back. Bruce remembers towing a sleigh around with a horse on a cold day and parking it next to an old store that wasn’t in operation. They had a stove in the sleigh to help them keep warm and the sleigh caught fire and burnt to the ground. Oh to have a video of that, I am sure it would go viral today!

Bruce’s grandmother was a post mistress in the early 1900’s. His grandmother’s picture is still in the post office today. He likes to go in from time to time and check on her.

Bruce was a mechanic most of his life. He worked on tractors and was the first man to work on an automatic transmission from this area.

Other Fun Memories

They loved the old Jim and Ruby Rampton Store and “the penny candy store” that was located near the new CVS and the elementary school. Though the stores are no longer there, the memories are still strong for Bruce and Mary. It had an old wooden screen door that would smack into you when you went through. They loved walking there with siblings and friends for a treat. There was also a dance hall that was just down from there as well. It was torn down when Bruce was a young boy. He also remembers when Eugene Tollman owned the black smith shop before the Kanos bought it and turned it into a mechanic shop. He remembers hearing Eugene working on horse shoes with his hammer. A loud noise would echo throughout the neighborhood.

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Bruce loved fishing, so they also spent lots of time at the lake. They would drive their cars, a couple of Model A’s, a Cabriolet and Bruce’s coup. They liked to go park them on a mound of dirt that was piled up for the ducks to sit on.

When they were 16, Bruce and Mary went to a dance celebrating Bruce’s cousin’s wedding. This was one of their first dates. They did everything together as teenagers. Their best friends were Effie Thursgood and Stanley Barnes, who eventually married as well.

After Bruce and Mary’s wedding they went to Yellowstone for their honeymoon. They got a note from the government after they got home questioning their means for enough gas to get them to Yellowstone because of the rationing. Luckily Bruce worked on the farm and was able to tell them that they mixed their gas to make it go longer. Bruce said that it was quite the process to get gas in those days during WWII. A relief truck would come and give you a ration of gas for the week. If you didn’t come get your ration on that day you were out of luck until the following week. Those in town would walk everywhere.

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Bruce and Mary were married June 13, 1944 and will celebrate 74 years this June. After their marriage, they moved away from Syracuse for a short time with the Army and then returned home to start their life together. Their first seven years of marriage they could not get pregnant and have children, but that all changed and in the next 11 years they had seven children: Kent, Connie, Frank, Sue, Gary, Marilyn and Don. They loved having a big family.

They initially lived in a trailer until they built the first section of the home they are in now. It was a 20 X 24 sq foot home, with a basement where kids slept. It is hard to believe this, but Bruce and his father bought an old latrine from 2nd street with no floor in it. Bruce and his dad moved it out to where they live now. They bought it for next to nothing, cleaned it up, built a basement and put the latrine on top and that became their home. Their home was built on their Grandpa Williams land, which went all the way up to 3000. Their neighbors consisted of Uncle Jim and his family, next to him was Grandma and Grandpa Williams and next to them Aunt Poleen and her family. They lived on Cousin Street. They loved playing and exploring the fields around them. Such a fun place to grow up for the Scofield kids. After Grandpa Williams died, the cousins took turns spending nights at Grandma Williams house so she wouldn’t be alone. The Schofields and their families have lived a good life in Syracuse.

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By Melissa Spelts

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How Syracuse Got Its Name

By Christy Frazier

 Have you ever wondered where cities get their names? Some cities are named after people, landscapes or other places in the world. For example, the city of Ogden, Utah, was named after the famous explorer Peter Skeen Ogden. Some are named after experiences or even emotions. Take the area of Death Valley, California. Its landscape is dry and barren, living up to its name. So where did the city of Syracuse, Utah get its name? Let’s step back in time to the late 1800s and find out.

The Homestead Act of 1862, which was signed by President Abraham Lincoln, made a lot of land available out west. This encouraged many people to relocate to the untamed west who wanted to make a better life. In 1880, twenty-five-year-old William Galbraith and his wife Phebe traveled across the plains and settled in a small area by the famous salty lake. Most settlers in the area were farmers, but William Galbraith had other dreams. The Great Salt Lake fascinated him so much that he decided to harvest salt from it and sell it. He printed the name Syracuse on his salt bags, which was the name of a salt company he knew of in Syracuse, New York. For many years he harvested salt from The Great Salt Lake and sold it to customers spanning from the West coast all the way to the Mississippi River.

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Later in 1887 a bathing resort was built next to the lake and took on the name of The Syracuse Bathing Resort. The resort became a famous recreation place for locals and tourists to visit regularly. During this same year, the Union Pacific Railroad built the Ogden and Syracuse Railway. The railway linked the Syracuse Resort to the railways main line between Salt Lake City and Ogden. Due to the railway link to the resort and the salt company, the name of the small settlement became known as Syracuse. On September 3, 1935, Syracuse was officially incorporated as a city in the state of Utah.

(Syracuse, New York was named by Sicilian immigrants that settled in New York)

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Employee Spotlight-Kim Dabb

Kim Dabb is a building inspector for Syracuse City. Last summer, the City’s Chief Building Official was injured while on vacation and was on temporary leave due to a surgery. This left a big hole in staffing for inspections, especially during a time of immense growth in our City. Kim stepped up and filled in by working extra hours and weekends to ensure inspections were done on time, and consequently averted a crisis for the City’s inspection service. With his efforts, he was given the City’s Employee of the Month award in October. Kim loves the building industry and he is a fascinating character that adds a genuine flavor to our staff. He is extremely experienced and well trained. We are happy to have him on the City’s team.

If you happen to see him, be sure to ask about his hat collection and his experiences at the Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous.

Christmas delivery

What were you doing at 2:20 AM Christmas morning? Were you still wrapping gifts? Maybe you found yourself finally in bed, or maybe you had been sleeping for hours. Santa was still making his deliveries. At the Rupert home, a special delivery was on its way, but not from Santa.

Amy woke that morning at 1:00 am feeling contractions, but they were still too far apart. She got in the shower for pain relief. An hour after getting in the shower, their bundle of joy was born. 8 lbs 6 oz and 20.5 in long born entirely unassisted. Amy would describe it as “an incredible experience.” The Syracuse fire department responded to the call making sure all was well and transporting Amy to the hospital.

“The fire department was amazing. They came in and were so kind. They shoveled snow, dealt with the difficulties of a tiny home and even cleaned off Henry’s car so he could follow Amy to the hospital. They were truly a blessing.” To those who made the sacrifice to be in the fire station that Christmas morning the Rupert family says they are grateful.

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Precious Pets Chloe + Seamus

These Wheaten Terriers are living the good life with their owners.

Meet Chloe (left, age 10) and Seamus (right, age 6). They are both Wheaten Terriers, which is not a super common breed but should be! They are sturdy, medium-sized dogs (averaging 35 pounds) and are great family pets. Very fun-loving, they are known for their “Wheaten Greetin’” which usually includes an overly excited hug, tail wag and lots of licks. Wheatens originate from Ireland and are completely hypoallergenic. They actually have hair like humans, not fur, so no oils/dander and no shedding!

Chloe moved to Utah from the East coast with us seven years ago—1,800 miles in a U-Haul (we won’t be doing that again). She needed a buddy once we were settled, so we got Seamus to keep her company. They love going for walks, eating snacks and napping on our bed. They like to think they are lap dogs, especially Seamus, and are not shy to give up their bellies for a good scratch!

By Allie Brown

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Why Have Animal Requirements?

Regulations provide protection to individuals, property owners and animals. They also ensure the health & safety of the community, people and animals. Check out our “Farm Animals & Household Pets” brochure on our website under Planning & Zoning for more info and specifics.

SCC 10.30.040 Animals. www.codepublishing.com/UT/Syracuse/html/Syracuse10/Syracuse1030.html#10.30.040

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What’s your Earthquake protection?

Every Homeowners policy has an “Earth Movement” exclusion, which means damage from an earthquake is excluded on your home policy. The state of Utah has more fault lines than most of us realize, and when the big one comes are you covered? In 2015, a study predicted that when the big one comes, 84,000 households are expected to be displaced with 53,000 people seeking shelter in Utah.

Essential lifelines of water, electricity, gas, and sewer will likely be out for days, months and some even longer! More than 300,000 structures in 30 days will need to be evaluated for safe occupancy, which will require about 2,400 building inspectors.

Depending on the time of day, there will be an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 deaths, and the estimated number of people injured and needing hospital care ranges from 7,400 to 9,300. The number of available hospital beds will be reduced from 4,790 to 3,200. Another challenge will be the removal of debris generated by the earthquake–requiring over 820,000 truckloads at 25 tons per truck.

One of the biggest concerns in coverage will be “Loss of Use.” Where will you go to live if your home is unsuitable? These Earthquake Policies have coverage for this. No matter who you are insured with on your home, we can offer you an Stand Alone Earthquake Policy with either a 5% deductible that has a Masonry (Brick) exclusion or a 10% deductible without the exclusion. We can insure both the actual home itself and your personal property or just the home itself.

The rates for this are far more reasonable than you think. There are some underwriting requirements to review so contact us to see if you qualify.

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Arts Council

Enjoy a night of music on February 12, at 7 pm, in the Syracuse High School auditorium as the Symphony Orchestra presents Love That Jazz! The event is, once again, free to the public.

The Theater Committee is now accepting letters of interest for the production team of Hairspray the Musical. Please email volunteer@syracuseutaharts.org if you would like to serve as Assistant Director, Music Director, Choreographer, Set Designer, or Publicity Manager—or even just help in other areas of the production. Be sure to include some background, any experience, and dates of other commitments that might conflict with the production from April to July.

The Arts Council Board is always looking for fresh ideas and the hands to help make them happen. Plans are in the works to expand the opportunities for residents to enjoy participating and watching more programs this year by creating a choir, a junior theater program, and additional theater productions. The Board has three terms ending this June. If you enjoy the arts, are willing to serve your community, and would like a fun opportunity to interact with great people while promoting culture through the performing arts, email your interest to serve on a committee, such as sponsorships, junior theater, choir, etc., or on the General Board at the address listed above. Board meetings are usually held the first Wednesday evening of each month. These meetings are open to the public, and visitors and input are always welcome.



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DIY Photography

By Ryan Spelts

Scott Sneddon spent nearly 21 years in Air Force as a Military Police Officer. Even though he worked as an officer at his day job, Scott has always had a passion for photography. He would set up a photography studio where ever he was currently assigned around the world. He has had studios in California, Germany, Korea and finally he settled here in Utah.

The idea for DIY Photography Studio arose when he was looking for a local place to take maternity photos of his wife Aple in 2011. He couldn’t find a place that would take the quality of photos he wanted nor could he find a studio that would let him rent the studio to take the photos himself. He later managed a Target Portrait studio and was consistently asked by professional photographers if they could rent out the space which was against Target’s policy. With that in mind, Scott set out to create a photo studio for professionals and do-it-yourselfers to rent out and have the best in lighting and settings for their photo shoots. DIY Photography Studio was born in 2015.

Because of Scott’s background and experience in studio photography, he often trains professionals in studio photography. As he was training photographers and they were utilizing his state of the art facility he realized another need. Photographers were always looking for a place to have their photos printed. Many were opting for online sources but quality control was not the best and often the turn-around time was too slow. Scott purchased his first high end printer and started creating high quality prints for his students and friends. Word got out of his quality and attention to detail and within 2 months, the printing business was producing as much as his photo studio. He later expanded to the open office space next door and created a full featured photography printing business open to the public.

After attending a large format printing conference in Las Vegas, Scott learned about a new technology called Metal Sublimation. This process chemically bonds the colors of a photo to metal. It doesn’t fade, scratch and the colors just pop. They are really quite beautiful with much more clarity than printing on paper or canvas. Scott was offered a loan at his bank especially for Veterans that allowed him to purchase the equipment for creating metal sublimation prints and it is by far his favorite way to print photography.

Scott spent the first year, after purchasing the equipment, going around to photography clubs educating them on the process and showing them the results. Today the word is out and everyone is starting to realize how awesome metal prints are. He is one of only 3 studios in the entire state that can handle larger metal prints. In fact some of the larger photography studios fulfill their metal prints through DIY Photography because they cannot do it themselves. The nice thing is, his shop is just around the corner and you can go directly to his shop and have them done without the middle man.

DIY Printing prides themselves on quality. With the eye of a professional photographer, they turn out the very best quality and they can often do very quick turn arounds. Just the other day, they were approached by a wedding photographer who needed some photos printed for that evening’s reception and DIY was able to make it happen. It is great to have a such a stellar resource near by. We appreciate DIY supporting the magazine and recommend their services.

Scott met his wife Aple while serving in Korea and later married her in her home country, the Philippines. They have 2 children 6 year old boy, Dillon and nearly 5 year old girl Leianna.


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CodeRED Notifications

Syracuse City encourages every citizen to sign up for our CodeRED notification system. By simply entering your phone number into this service, we can notify you in the event of a city-wide or county-wide emergency. Please take a moment to fill in the appropriate information to be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports.

Please got to www.syracuseut.com and follow the prompts to sign up. It is free to sign up, and takes less than five minutes.

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