Once upon a time....

Jan  Tribe

Farr West, United States

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in History group August 2009

Picture taken July 2009 in North Ogden, UT

This is home is surrounded by retail stores and banks, but still stands. I’m not sure if someone still lives there, but it doesn’t look too safe. It looks as if it was a beautiful home Once upon a time.

I have since found out a bit of history about this home from a calendar made in 1996 by the Weber County Heritage Foundation.

It was built by Sidney Stevens in 1865. Sidney Stevens imported iron and steel and converted them into plow and harrows accepting hides for payment. These he converted into leather harnesses and shoes. His boots came with a three year guarantee. He built stores, tanneries and cultivated 6000 fruit trees and a 3 acre vineyard. He was also important in water development

Sidney Stephens and then sold to Clarence Barker who added the porch and balcony on the front. They raised their family in it. When they died two of the children made the house into a duplex. To my surprise, my dad lived in the north side of the house with his family when he was a young boy. They lived there for about a year and a half. Then later they moved into another home up the hill. I’m sure other families lived in it after that. Years later another Barker member remodeled the home, and lived there for a while. Around this house in the later years was a restaurant named the Chick Chick Inn. An ice cream shop was built and they sold ice cream, shakes, and hotdogs, hamburgers and such. There was also a bar and a pool hall. My dad said he and his friends spent many hours playing pool as a teenager

I was amazed to learn that this old house had a connection to my father when I unknowingly took this picture and wondered about the history. Since I knew my dad had grown up in North Ogden, I called to ask him if he knew anything about its history and learned that he and his family had lived there for a time. So this house could probably tell many stories of those who lived inside its walls. One of them would be of my Dad’s family who lived there for a year and a half.

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