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Published in the Standard Examiner on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 North Ogden pioneer paid for land with a cat
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Published in the Standard Examiner on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 North Ogden pioneer paid for land with a cat

NORTH OGDEN — The Jones family paid a steep price for their home in North Ogden — one cat.
Richard Jones, and his wife Naomi Parson, emigrated from England to Utah in 1863. Jones was financially better off than many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and covered the cost of passage for 30 others who wanted to emigrate. One woman, who wanted to pay Jones back but had no money, gave him her cat. The Jones children liked the cat, and took care of it as they crossed the plains.
Arriving in Utah, the family was instructed by Brigham Young to settle on a particular piece of land in North Ogden. They found the spot occupied by American Indians, who said they were willing to trade.
“A deal was struck when one of the Indians spied the children’s cat and wanted it,” it says in “The First 100 Years, Volume 1: A New Mountain Home.”
“It was so hard for the children to part with their beloved pet, but it was clear the only thing to do was give the Indians the cat to pay for the land.”
The story of the “Cat Claim” is one of many in the North Ogden Historical Museum’s latest publication, “The First 100 Years, Volume 1: A New Mountain Home.”
“They’re short stories, but true, that bring out the history of North Ogden,” said Rosemary Jones, a member of the museum board. “We collected them from different people from North Ogden — they sent them in — and we had some in the museum that we found in histories.”
The book is being sold for $10 as a fundraiser for the museum. Copies can be purchased at the museum, open 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays, at 545 E. 2750 North in North Ogden. Books are also available at North Ogden City Hall, 505 E. 2600 North.
“The First 100 Years” is divided into four sections: “Getting Along,” “The Town They Loved,” “Growing up in North Ogden,” and “Faith: The Fabric of Their Lives.”
Most of the stories in the “Getting Along” section focus on interactions between pioneers in North Ogden, and local American Indians. Some are about fights, but not all.
“There’s a sweet story about an Indian, and how he rescues this couple,” said Jones. “It shows that they’re compassionate, too.”
The couple, James and Harriett Brown Ward, immigrated to Utah from England in 1861. Their first home in North Ogden was built quickly, and leaked like a sieve.
“Then it starts to rain, and rains for 21 days,” said Jones. “She had a baby on Dec. 20, and her husband tried everything to cover her up and keep her dry.”
As James Ward worried about the possibility of his wife dying from being wet and cold, an Indian approached the home.
“He sees them, and gives them a buffalo robe, and really saves her life,” said Jones.
The section “The Town They Loved” includes stories about a runaway school bus, the North Ogden Cemetery, baseball games, and a visit by boxer Jack Dempsey.
“Growing Up in North Ogden” features tales about the town’s early schools, two boys who shared a pair of shoes because each had only one leg, and Halloween fun. There’s even one about three teens who went for a joy ride in the 1930s.
“They want to go to Morgan, but don’t have 20 cents to buy a gallon of gas, and they don’t have a car,” said Jones.
The solution — to borrow the car of one boy’s grandfather, without asking — gets them into trouble.
“They had a good time,” said Jones, but had to pay for it when they got home.
The final section of the book focuses on stories about church meetings, and a faith-promoting experience that happened when two young men became lost in a cave.
As implied by the title “The First 100 Years, Volume 1: A New Mountain Home,” a second volume is in the works.
“It’s a fun way to learn North Ogden History,” Jones said.
Contact reporter Becky Wright at 801-625-4274 or
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LaVern CottrellYes- Contact any member of the Museum Staff or visit the Museum on Monday, Thursday, or Saturday. Call me at 782-4458.1   ·  2 days ago

Melanie Alyssa WebbIs "The first 100 years" available for purchase?1   ·  3 days ago

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