Huntsville is a tiny town in the mountains of northing Utah — population 618. This morning I went out for a run through the snowy streets. It was great to stretch my legs, relive memories, and see the place (at least, one of the places) where I’m “from.”
Built in 1928. Granny moved here when she was 4 yrs old.
|Posts delineate the driveway and facilitate plowing during big snowstorms.|
|The West House (next door to Granny’s house).
I lived here when I was in Fourth Grade.
|The Angus McKay House (a.k.a. the Rock House)
Angus was Granny’s great-grandfather. Granny was born here.
|The David O. McKay House.
Next door to the Rock House. David was married to Angus’s sister.
So, two things of note regarding the McKay houses:
First, politics: When Utah tried to join the United States, it faced two obstacles: polygamy and political parties. The polygamy problem was solved when the Mormon church banned the practice. The political problem was solved when the territorial government went through every community and designated every other house as Republican or Democrat. The David McKay house was designated Republican (and remains so to this day), and the Angus McKay house was designated Democrat (and remained staunchly so until my parents’ generation — McKay ancestors rolled over in their graves when my parents put up Reagan posters in the 1980s…).
Second, family bloodlines. I always thought that David and Angus were related and that we were all part of one big McKay clan. Turns out not. David and Angus just happened to have the same last name — the only relation is by marriage! So my link to Mormon royalty (David McKay was the prophet and president of the church in the mid-20th Century) is more attenuated than I’d originally supposed.
|Pineview Reservoir under snow and ice.|
|Farms and fences and lake in the distance|
|First Street and the Library
(as seen from the driveway of the West House)
|See the elementary school? Neither do I.
When I lived here, the school sas in this field across the street from the West House.
It has since been torn down.