Last year, we made a post about Hollywood motion picture actress Muriel Goodspeed who grew up at 1559 Harvard Avenue. We wanted to revisit Muriel briefly because today is the 100 year anniversary of her birth. She was born May 1, 1917 to Alvin and LaVon Goodspeed. 1559 Harvard was built in 1917, so it also 100 years old this year. The Goodspeeds moved in to their brand new home with infant Muriel soon after it was built.
With a May Day birthday, Muriel had several birthday parties with a maypole on the front lawn and coverage on the newspaper society page. Last year’s post included a photo of Muriel’s 8th birthday maypole in 1925. Since then we have discovered this photo, taken at Muriel’s 11th birthday party on May 1, 1928.
Besides dancing around the Maypole, the party included a miniature orchestra and a contest of dolls brought to the party by Muriel’s guests. Muriel’s doll, “Miss Utah,” was named “Queen of the May” and at 6 o’clock, a special radio program was presented that included Maypole dance music. The Salt Lake Telegram news story provided a list of all the party guests.
Unfortunately, none of the names of the party guests are matched with the faces of the children in the photo, not even Muriel’s. Perhaps someone will be able to identify some of the children. Please post a comment if you do. Following are close-ups of the same photo, zoomed-in to see the faces more clearly.
It is likely that most of the children in the photos lived in the neighborhood. Following are the names of the party guests from the newspaper article. I have added the addresses of some of the children that I have learned from other research.
Guests: Clella Young, Louise Shuster, Lucille Rich, Lois Gill, Beth Rich, Elda Garfield, Phyllis Done, Bernadine Devinny, Katherine La Con, Betty Fowlks, Katherine Johnson, Robenia Hooper (1511 Harvard), Adele Squires (1604 Harvard), Jeanette Taylor, Eleanor Barlow (1572 Harvard), Katherine Moffat (1560 Harvard), Frances Rogers (1452 Gilmer), Katherine Peterson, Louise Johnson, Edna Glazier, Ruth Greenwood, Belva Stevenson, Verna McMurdie, Mary Dean Wardrop, Myrtle Black, Peggy Pearsall (1554 Harvard), Helen Davis, Mildred Houck, Mary Alice Baker, Emilie Seigle, Bernice Smith.
Marjorie Carruthers, Ruby Wardenburg, Betty Peery (1435 Yale), Delina Perry, Betsy Ross Young, Mary Snow, Helen Gabbie, Helen Hagen, Erma Hickman, Elaine Hickman, Betty Davis, Meryl Romney (1337 Gilmer or 1442 Princeton) (sister of future Michigan Governor George Romney and aunt of Mitt Romney), Joyce Livingston, Shirley Price (1536 Harvard), Marjorie Selley (1503 Harvard), Arlow Lesler, Veda Adams, Ruth Snow, Luana Gowans, Marilla Barlow (1572 Harvard), Elaine Openshaw, Jane Rawlins (1506 Harvard), Leo Francis Bachle, Sterling Devinny, Elman Snow, Neco Vancina, and LeRoy Nesbitt.
On April 6, 2017, Preservation Utah held their annual Heritage Awards Banquet.
K.E.E.P. Yalecrest occupied a table and honored residents Jenny and Chris Munford for their award winning compatible addition.
It was a remarkable evening highlighting great preservation work and people in Utah.
On April 22, 2017, the Yalecrest neighborhood was the site of the 46th Annual Historic Homes Tour. This popular area of Salt Lake City has been the location of four historic homes tours. Members of K.E.E.P. Yalecrest participated as volunteers, docents and staffed a K.E.E.P. Yalecrest table at Preservation Utah’s registration site. Congratulations and thanks to Judy Krall (K.E.E.P. board member) whose home was on the tour, was a previous Heritage Award Winner for her incredible addition and hosted a gathering after the tour ended. A great day for all!
Thank you to Preservation Utah for recognizing K.E.E.P. Yalecrest and our preservation efforts in the brochure narrative.
2017 Historic Homes Tour: Yalecrest
Historic Homes Tour
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This year’s Historic Homes Tour will be in the Yalecrest neighborhood, more specifically the Douglas Park subdivision and the surrounding area. Click the links below for more information:
$20 per person–Advance ticket price to non-members and day-of price for Preservation Utah members
$25 per person–Day-of price for non-members
All persons who walk must have a ticket. All tickets are in the form of our tour brochure and wristband, with which you may enter each home on the tour. We do not mail the brochures or wristbands prior to the event, and all advance and day-of ticket purchasers must pick up their tour brochure(s) and wristbands at our tour headquarters before going on the tour. The tour is an all-weather, rain-or-shine event and there are no refunds for unused tickets.
Tour attendees should be aware of the following before going on the tour:
- None of the homes are wheelchair accessible, and all have stairs. Attendees should watch their step around and in all parts of homes.
- Attendees will be provided shoe covers to be worn inside all homes.
- Pets are not allowed inside homes.
- All homes are private residences and are only available to tour during the time and day of our tour. We will not reveal the names of the homeowners, nor we will reveal the addresses of homes prior to the tour.
- Photography is permitted only outside the homes and is prohibited inside.
- Attendees are not required to visit all the homes, and may go to each home at their leisure during open hours.
Headquarters and Parking
The tour headquarters will be at the Yale Ward building, located at 1431 E. Gilmer Dr. Limited parking is available at in the ward parking lot and on street parking is available in the surrounding area.
K.E.E.P. Yalecrest hosted its annual meeting on April 1st, and it was a fantastic event. No foolin’. Members and Board Members gathered at the house of Heidi and Scott Ingham. We shared food, drink and great comradery. KEEP’s accomplishments, goals and future endeavors were presented.
The Pritchetts won the raffle, books in hand!
An unexpected highlight of the evening was when Constance Crompton (center) revealed that her uncle, John Boyden Sr. built Scott and Heidi Ingham’s (our hosts) home in 1935/36. He and his wife Orpha, had four children (John, Steve, Carmen, Paul). They hatched chickens in the basement boiler room then kept them in the garage and used the south sunroom to start flowers from seed. John Boyden was twice a gubernatorial candidate. This house is currently described as a Colonial revival, however it was not built in this style originally. John undertook a major renovation (including the massive brick wall on the south side of the property) in the 1960s. Constance, a Yalecrest resident and member of KEEP Yalecrest, shared childhood stories and memories from the house.
Constances uncle was instrumental in representing the Native Americans. These tiles in the basement fireplace are remarkable! And a testament to his commitment to the tribes. Thank you to Scott and Heidi for opening your house for this event!
This post is from Preservation Utah’s (previously Utah Heritage Foundation) website. Heritage Awards 2016.
K.E.E.P. Yalecrest – Accomplishments in Historic Preservation
“K.E.E.P.” is an acronym for “Keep Educating and Encouraging Preservation” and that is exactly the mission in which members of this organization excel. Composed of residents from the Yalecrest neighborhood of Salt Lake City, this all-volunteer organization advocates to preserve, protect, and educate their neighborhood. Yalecrest has one of the highest number of historic buildings within a National Register historic district in the state, with a remarkable 91% contributing structures within thousands of buildings.
However, the neighborhood has experienced significant development pressure that has resulted in teardowns and incompatible infill. Their education outreach presents opportunities for residents to participate in workshops by industry professionals that include: tax credit workshops, lectures on sustainability/renovation, masonry restoration work, historic windows, and earthquake retrofitting.
They have shown the community the value of their neighborhood by hosting several walking tours highlighting the diversity of historic architecture within Yalecrest as well as contributing in the development of processes adopted by the Salt Lake City Council in determining how local historic districts are created.
K.E.E.P.’s board and members have been directly involved in submission of the first ten local distoric district applications, successfully attaining four local historic district designations within Yalecrest with more pending. SLC Planning has even commended K.E.E.P. Yalecrest for the quality and thoroughness of these applications.
From their informational blog to advocacy at the State Legislature, K.E.E.P Yalecrest has quickly moved from a grassroots collective to a formidable organization with growing influence. Members of K.E.E.P. have a focused passion on raising awareness of the importance of preservation and the part it plays in the sustainability of our communities.