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Morgan City Cemetery,
Morgan, Morgan, Utah

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The Morgan Cemetery

Morgan City is the only incorporated city in Morgan County. The settlements of North Morgan and South Morgan were combined and incorporated in 1868 with William Eddington elected mayor. Morgan was named in honor of Jedediah Morgan Grant, an LDS Church leader, who helped to construct a road to the area through Weber Canyon.
Morgan City is located on both the east and west sides of the Weber River and is in about the middle of the county. The river forms the dividing line between north and south Morgan. Interstate I-84 is a major east-west highway that passes through the north Morgan section. The elevation is 5,080 feet, which provides a short growing season and cool nights in the summer. The city's boundaries contain 1,366 acres of land, which were primarily used for agriculture in the early years of settlement.
North Morgan was settled in about the year 1861 and was originally called Mount Joy. Some of its first settlers were John Heath, Wyman Parker, Daniel Williams, and William George. The first settlers of South Morgan arrived in 1860 and were Richard Fry, Richard Norwood, and Daniel Bull.
In 1868-69 when the transcontinental railroad was being constructed it was a definite advantage for the residents of Morgan to be located along the main route. At that time Morgan City was credited with being the only incorporated city on the railroad line between Omaha and Ogden. The railroad not only provided jobs to area residents but also changed the entire economic history of the area. Residents were able to obtain more of the necessities and comforts of life, while the railroad also opened up markets for the goods produced locally.
One of the first community efforts was the construction of a sophisticated canal and ditch system to convey water from the river to their dwellings and crops. Although originally constructed with crude implements, the system was well engineered and is still in use at the present date.
The original business district was located in south Morgan. However, with the coming of the railroad, local businessmen could see the advantage of being located close to the railroad freight and passenger stations so they moved their establishments north to the west side of the tracks. All of the businesses were located on the same side of the street and formed a long string of buildings. The area remained the main business district for both the city and county for many years; but it is now fragmented and a shadow of what it used to be. With the passing of time and the need for more space, many businesses have relocated in other parts of the city.
In 1874 construction was begun on a courthouse in the city, which also served as the county seat. This building served both the city and county until 1959 when the City and County Memorial Building was constructed.
In 1890 there were 333 people residing in the city's boundaries. By 1911 the city had been given the classification of a third-class town, with 756 inhabitants. It is now identified as a third-class city, with 2,023 inhabitants (1990 census).
In 1903 the First National Bank of Morgan was organized and opened its doors for business. This bank continues to serve the citizens of Morgan. Through the years many businesses have located in Morgan. In 1904 the Morgan Canning Company was incorporated. The canning industry boosted the agriculture economy of the area, as peas and cabbage were grown locally to be processed and canned for distribution throughout the country. The company was sold to Utah Packing Company in 1930 and again changed in 1935 to California Packing Corporation. It closed its doors in 1956.
Morgan City had its own soft drink bottling company, known as Morgan Bottling Works. It operated from 1920 until 1934 and at one time distributed its products as far as Evanston, Wyoming. A ZCMI store and J.C. Penney store also were at one time located along Commercial Street.
For years, beginning in the 1930s, many local residents were part of the Utah Poultry Producers Co-op Association and shipped thousands of eggs on a regular basis.
In 1936 a PWA (Public Works Administration) project was undertaken in the city with the construction of the elementary school building. This provided a modern and adequate facility to accommodate all the students from the eight different two- and three-room schools located throughout the county. Morgan was honored for being the first consolidated school system in the state. In 1977 Morgan City again became the home of a new concept in education. A middle school system was implemented for grades five through eight.
Currently Morgan City has one major grocery store, a bank, a drug store, several convenience stores and service stations, two wood companies, several eateries, two car dealerships (one of which is the oldest continuous family-owned dealership in the state), two hardware stores, and other businesses that provide needed services to the citizens. Morgan City Corporation owns and operates its own power, water and sewer systems.
Many of Morgan's citizens work outside the county, but agriculture continues to be of major importance to Morgan City. At one time, it had thirteen mink ranches and several dairy farms located within its boundaries. The LDS Church continues to be the city's dominant religion. No other religious denomination has erected a church building in the city.
See: The Morgan County News, Pioneering Morgan County (1947); The Fine Arts Study Group, Mountains Conquered (1959); and Morgan County Historical Society, Morgan County School Buildings (1989).
Linda H. Smith

Headstones that are for two people are listed after both surnames, if both surnames are known.

Name(s)

Birth DateDeath DateRemarks

Butters, Glen Woodruff and A. LaPreal Davis

20 Apr 190912 Feb 1988"Torp"

Butters, Louise and Stewart Gillespie Waldron

23 Aug 1916---

Carter, Margaret Elenore and Elwood Martinus Christensen

19 Nov 189315 Oct 1981Veteran, World War I, Marriage date included on stone

Chapin, Calvin and Son Chapin

19261926

Chapin, Elizabeth and Walter Gillespie Waldron

19681969

Chapin, Eliza S. and Joanna U. Chapin

11 Dec 18838 Nov 1887

Chapin, Faye and James R. Chapin

19191919

Chapin, Grace

8 Apr 191818 Apr 1918

Chapin, James R. and Faye Chapin

19211921

Chapin, Joanna U. and Eliza S. Chapin

29 Mar 18756 Nov 1887

Chapin, Robert C. and Charlotte R.

8 Aug 188717 May 1948

Chapin, Son and Calvin Chapin

19311931

Chapin, Uriah C. and Ann R. Chapin

25 Jan 18364 May 1917

Christensen, Elwood Martinus and Margaret Elenore Carter

16 Dec 191122 Jun 1990Marriage date included on stone

Davis, A. LaPreal and Glen Woodruff Butters

16 Mar 191817 Feb 1979

Feaman, Ruth Chapin [Back of headstone]

20 Aug 191027 May 1939Children listed on back of headstone

Feaman, Susie and Lee Meredith

8 Jun 19065 May 1989

Francis, Flaurie Eliza and William Morgan White

7 Sep 188816 Jul 1961Married date included on stone

Hemming, F. Clive

29 Oct 189630 Oct 1896

Hemming, Jesse M.

6 Aug 190515 Jan 1947

Hemming, Michael Keith

7 Dec 196812 Dec 1968

Hemming, William and Emma

8 Jun 182710 Jan 1916

Little, Margaret Rawle

26 May 191520 Oct 1995

Littlefield, Ann

18 Nov 181812 Dec 1890Wife of William Littlefield

Neuberger, Luella and George Raymond Rich

9 Jun 188419 May 1973

Parkinson, Albert W. and Clarissa A.

8 Jan 18771 Oct 1880

Pond, Lydia and John H. Rich

8 Oct 183410 Dec 1911Wife of John H. Rich

Rich, Ada C. and Parley E.

20 Apr 189123 Sep 1942

Rich, Albert Fredrick

9 Jul 18782 Apr 1958

Rich, Baby

1 Sep 19011 Sep 1901

Rich, Baby Son of J.T. and E.E. Rich

17 Oct 189317 Oct 1893Son of J.T. (James Thomas) and E.E. (Emma Elizabeth Hemming) Rich

Rich, Carl

30 Sep 19802 Oct 1980Son of Craig and Lavella

Rich, Dale W.

14 Jan 191610 Apr 1916Son of C.R. and L.R. Rich

Rich, Eliza Dickson

17 Nov 188116 Jul 1972

Rich, Elizabeth and Thomas, twins

25 Jan 188_26 Jan 188_Children of J.T. (James Thomas) and E.E. (Emma Elizabeth Hemming) Rich

Rich, Elsie H.

25 Sep 18958 May 1898

Rich, Flora Kate

2 Mar 185926 Sep 1957

Rich, Franklin John Jr.

14 Oct 187529 Nov 1934

Rich, Franklin John Sr.

24 Aug 185324 Jan 1886Beautiful headstone!

Rich, George Rawle

4 Apr 189011 Apr 1890

Rich, George Raymond and Luella Neuberger

16 May 188018 Feb 1944

Rich, James T. and Emma E.

1 Jan 185518 Mar 1918

Rich, John H. and Lydia Pond

Sep 18311 Aug 1916Son of James and Emma E. Rich

Rich, Leroy

19011922

Rich, Lydia Melissa

31 Oct 185915 Oct 1879Beloved wife of Frank Whitear

Rich, Richard H. and Antionette N.

4 Dec 188013 Jan 1966"Rich" and "Nettie"

Rich, Sarah Ann Rawle

8 Mar 185423 Apr 1934

Rich, Sarah Melissa

14 Aug 188117 Apr 1883

Rich, William H.

4 Sep 185723 Sep 1923Hard water deposits on stone

Rich, William R.

17 Jul 18847 Oct 1943

Rich, William John

1879?2 May 188_Son of J.T. (James Thomas) and E.E. (Emma Elizabeth) Rich

Smith, George W.

31 Oct 187626 May 1955Son of Benjamin F. and Mary Ann Smith

Waldron, Elizabeth Chapin and Walter Gillespie

4 Nov 186417 Apr 1944

Waldron, Goldie S. and Newell

29 Jan 18978 Nov 1947

Waldron, Stewart Gillespie and Louise Butters

25 Mar 191526 May 1978

White, Lt. Samuel Max

unreadableunreadableBorn in Morgan, Utah

White, Samuel M.

8 Jun 191612 Jan 1943Utah, 2nd Lieutenant, 22 AAF Bomb Squad

White, William Morgan and Flaurie Eliza Francis

1 Nov 188811 Oct 1918Marriage date included on stone

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