Annual Historic Homes Walking Tour 2016

Our fourth annual walking tour focuses on the streets of Yale and Yalecrest.
Artwork Courtesy of Bonneville Elementary Art Students

Historic Homes
Walking Tour

Please join us for the fourth annual K.E.E.P. Yalecrest Walking Tour highlighting local history and selected homes in the Yalecrest National Historic District, Salt Lake City.

Saturday, October 22nd

Start times from 11am – 1pm

Meet on the grassy island on Yalecrest Avenue and 1600 East

This year’s Yalecrest tour will concentrate on the unique architecture and early residents of the homes on the 1500-1700 East block of Yale and Yalecrest, including a few homes on Military Drive.

Journey on your own terms, with docents stationed along the streets providing information on the earliest residents, architects, and builders of these unique homes.   Hear the stories of some of the earliest residents including Minnie Viele Miller who lived at 1607 Yalecrest and donated the land for Miller Park and see the newly restored street lamp where the streets of Yale and Yalecrest converge.

This is a self-paced walking tour of exteriors only. It is roughly 3 blocks long, generally heading east up Yale and Yalecrest looping back around via Military Drive.  You will not need to remain with a guided group.

$5 suggested donation; free to members of K.E.E.P. Yalecrest. 
Join today or at the tour.

See you Saturday the 22nd!


The Naming of Laird Ave and a Snelgrove connection!


Originally, Laird Ave was listed as Edith Ave. Land records and personal history accounts lend credence to Edward Laird (1852-1925) as the source of the current street name, Laird Avenue.

According to the local paper, he was involved in a number of real estate transfers in 1907 and 1908 in a subdivision named, “Laird”. Those lots were located at what is now Laird Avenue between 9th and 10th East. All these land transfers occurred immediately before the street named “Laird Avenue” first appeared in the city directory in 1908. Therefore, there is credence that the street was named after Edward Laird. A relative, William Naylor, was likely also invested in that land, as the name of one of the dead-end courts that runs north off of 13th South just east of 9th East is named “Naylor Court.”

Edward Laird was born in Scotland in 1852 and died in Salt Lake in 1925 at the age of 73. Edward was a child of four when his family immigrated as handcart pioneers in the infamous Willie Handcart Company of 1856 where more than a hundred of the pioneers perished in frigid Wyoming. Edward Laird’s family however arrived unscathed. Living first in Spanish Fork, then Heber City, Edward grew up accustomed to hard work on his father’s farm but never attended school. While camping in Park City, Edward found some silver ore. Edward and his brother had their camp ground assayed and sold their claim (which is now Silver King) for $1500. With this money, Edward purchased land in Parley’s Canyon (now Mountain Dell), began raising sheep and hauling silver ore from Park City to Salt Lake. A little farther down the canyon was the Hardy Station, a halfway house run by the Hardy family. It was in the Hardy home that Edward met Valeria Ann Flint.

When grown, Laird homesteaded land in Parley’s Canyon at Mountain Dell and became a successful sheep farmer. He owned water rights of Parley’s Canyon Creek and sold some of them to Salt Lake City in 1900 during a severe water drought. Thereafter, he relocated to Salt Lake City and started buying real estate in Salt Lake City. He bought a property near 1st South and 5th West and eventually started Rio Grande Lumber Company there. He also had ownership in Sugarhouse Lumber Company, which was located on 21st South near 12th East. Later, he joined with Misters Ashton and Jenkins of the Ashton-Jenkins Company, who developed much of Yalecrest. He later became a vice-president of the Ashton-Jenkins Company.

The family moved to 840 East Twelfth South (later becoming 840 East 2100 South), after selling their property in Mountain Dell in Parley’s Canyon. He and his wife, Valeria Ann Flint Laird had eight children, five daughters and three sons. The sons continued with the sheep farming part of the family business and moved to Dubois, Idaho. Edward also owned much of the block around his house and that’s why there are other family members showing in the Polk directories living at the other addresses, 817 and 820 East Twelfth South.

Edward Laird (1852-1925) 1922 50th Wedding Anniversary of Edward Laird and Valeria Laird with their children.


Back row left is Fidella Laird Snelgrove, wife of Charles Rich Snelgrove


Laird and Snelgrove Families 

Edward’s youngest daughter, Fidella married Charles Rich Snelgrove, who in 1929 created Snelgrove’s Ice Cream Company. After the deaths of Edward and Valeria in 1925 and 1930 respectively, Charles and Fidella lived in his parents house at 840 E. 1200 South (changed later to 840 E 2100 South) in Sugarhouse. The year before Valeria died, she allowed Charles and Fidella to open their ice cream business up the street at one of their properties at 1055 E. 2100 South. Eventually, sometime after 1940, the houses at 820 and 840 E. 2100 South were razed to make room for the Snelgrove factory and main store with the iconic giant spinning ice-cream cone sign at 850 E. 2100 South. The oldest son of Charles Rich Snelgrove (husband to Fidella Laird, the youngest daughter of Edward Laird) was Charles Laird Snelgrove. He worked with his father and later ultimately took over ownership and expanded the ice cream business throughout Salt Lake City (compiled by Kim Childs, KEEPYalecrest)


Annual KEEP Yalecrest Yardsale-August 20

Our annual yard sale fundraiser is scheduled for August 20th. Donate and recycle your unneeded home goods.
Our annual yard sale is a successful fundraiser, helping our organization fulfill its mission. 

Stuff Wanted

Dear Friends,

Just a reminder that we’re having another yard sale and we need your donations.  For those that have donated – thank you very much for your generous contributions.  For those that would like to donate but haven’t yet – there is still time.

WHEN: Saturday, August 20th  |  8 a.m. – noon
WHERE: 1068 South 1700 East
WHY: Fundraiser for non-profit K.E.E.P. Yalecrest

Please recycle by giving items you’re no longer using, helping us with preparation, and/or stopping by and shopping! And don’t forget, we’re now a 501c3 non-profit organization.

We can take your items now—please contact us to arrange a drop off: or call/text 801.556.3106

If you have large items that need to be picked up, please let us know.

This has been a very successful event for us the last three years, providing funding for the restoration and installation of the original Yale/Yalecrest streetlamp as well as other community projects.

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Celebrating History (2016)


K.E.E.P.’s History Committee continues to learn and have fun.  I thought I’d share on our more recent activities.

Auditorium4AwardsIn April we helped judge student-produced documentaries for the Utah History Day State Competition.  The top winners in various categories will be competing this month in Washington D.C. at the National History Day Contest.  It was a great pleasure to meet youth so enthusiastic about history and so darn INCREDIBLY SMART and TALENTED!  Go, Utah!

In May we dropped in at the Salt Lake County Archives during their 30 Year Anniversary Celebration… where we chatted with more history-loving folks and received a nice tour.  We greatly appreciate the help they have given us.  And it was nice meeting others that also enjoy utilizing the SLCo Archives.  (Have you ever seen chattel mortgage records?  They have them.)
archives-30         Archives Event

We know not everyone can attend K.E.E.P.’s one-day Walking Tour events.  So… we decided to put the tour into a new format and try taking it on the road to share with more people.  Our “Tour on Tour” participants have hailed from Sarah Daft, Parklane, St. Joseph’s Villa, Chateau Brickyard and Brookdale.  It’s been fun!

Parklane  RidingWithV

StJoesVillaEvery time we do a presentation or a ride-along, we hear questions and comments that either make us chuckle, teach us something, or have us doing more research to find the answers to improve our tour.   Speaking of which– for those that missed it last October (and those curious about how the tour has changed)

Please Join Us!
Thursday – June 16th
6:30pm – Foothill Library
for a slideshow presentation that will take you on
our Yalecrest Oldest Homes Tour.
–Kelly Marinan

Harvard Avenue Contributions to Motion Pictures and Beauty Pageants

The Prairie School bungalow at 1559 Harvard Avenue was built 99 years ago in 1917. Alvin and LaVon Goodspeed were its first owners and moved in that year, just a few months after the birth of their daughter Muriel on May Day, May 1, 1917.  Alvin was a traveling salesman and LaVon was a granddaughter of LDS Prophet Lorenzo Snow.  Muriel’s eighth birthday party on May Day 1925 was reported in the Salt Lake Telegram and featured a May Pole on the front lawn. As a child, Muriel showed great talent singing and dancing so her parents enrolled her at age 8 in the Theodore Kosloff Dance Studio in Los Angeles.

1559 Harvard 5-1-1925Maypole 1925 1559

After graduating from East High School in 1934, LaVon and Muriel moved to Los Angeles to give Muriel  her chance to star in Hollywood motion pictures.  In 1936, she appeared in the first “Flash Gordon” movie serials starring Buster Crabbe and Jean Rogers.

Muriel Goodspeed and Jean Rogers in "Flash Gordon"

Muriel Goodspeed and Jean Rogers in “Flash Gordon”

Muriel Goodspeed Zona Flash Gordon 1


Muriel Goodspeed & other Flash Gordon characters1

    Muriel Goodspeed and other cast members of   “Flash Gordon,” 1936

Muriel in "Flash Gordon," 1936

Muriel in “Flash Gordon,” 1936




Muriel Miss America 1938

Muriel Goodspeed, left, 2nd Runner-Up to Miss America 1938

In August 1938, Muriel earned the title Miss Utah and a month later won the Miss America talent competition to become second runner-up to Miss America, 1938.

Muriel hasn’t been the only Harvard Avenue resident to be crowned Miss Utah.

Loi-Anne Bailey, daughter of Loile and Anna Bailey, long-time residents of 1553 Harvard Avenue, became Miss Utah 1964 and competed in the 1964 Miss America Pageant.


Bitter Sweet 1

    Muriel Goodspeed, Jeanette MacDonald and Pamela Randall in Noel Coward’s “Bitter Sweet,” 1940

Muriel Goodspeed became the vocal backup and understudy to Jeanette MacDonald and went on to appear in the 1940 Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald musical, “Bitter Sweet,” and the 1943 film “Presenting Lily Mars,” starring Judy Garland and Van Heflin.  She traveled with other celebrities on the World War II Bond Tours.

Married for sixty years, Muriel had three children.  After raising them, she continued teaching music lessons for many years to many piano students in Southern California. She produced and performed in many local musical shows into her mid-eighties.  Muriel died in 2005 at the age of 87.

Same but Different – Signs of Spring

This photo was taken in the 1930’s on the 1700 block of Harvard Ave.

Gone are the skate keys, longs skirts and cool retro hats.  But the kids are still here.  You can see them wearing helmets as they move down the sidewalks skating or riding their bikes.  You might also see them on razors, skateboards, and even motorized scooters and hoverboards!

–Kelly Marinan

Photo: Courtesy of K. Lewis

K.E.E.P. Yalecrest Garners Award!

2016 Heritage Award for KEEP YalecrestOn March 31, 2016 K.E.E.P. Yalecrest received the 2016 Heritage Award for Organization from the Utah Heritage Foundation. It was a privilege and honor to accept this at their annual banquet. Additionally we were asked and honored to be presenters at their annual preservation conference.

The awards announcement and news coverage: Preservation conference encourages, honors restoration of Utah’s historic buildings _ The Salt Lake Tribune:2016 UHF Awards invite (2)2016 UHF Awards invite

UHF KEEP Award 9

Accepting the award, original board members and supporters.

UHF KEEP Award 8


UHF intro for KEEP

Listing for our presentation in the conference program