Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Spanish Fork, Utah - Icelandic Memorial

Icelandic Memorial
800 East Canyon Road, Spanish Fork, Utah
Dedicated by Gordon B. Hinckley, 25 June 2005


In 1938 the Icelandic Association of Utah along with Daughters of Utah Pioneers placed a beautiful monument to honor the first Icelandic setters to North America at 800 E. Canyon Rd. in Spanish Fork. That monument honors the first sixteen who came to Utah.
The Icelandic Association of Utah board of directors felt the desire to honor all of those who immigrated to Utah by erecting a “wall of honor” to name each of those who sacrificed so dearly. In addition to the “wall of honor” the grounds around the monument have been up-dated by providing wheel-chair access, new landscaping and benches, a rock from Iceland and story plaques that tells the 150 year story of the Icelandic settlement in Utah, in 8 short paragraphs.
The monument is an inviting place to visit and remember. This project was completed for the Sesquicentennial Celebration June 23-26, 2005.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

GUÐRÚN EINARSDÓTTIR


Gudrun was born 5 October 1875 in Vestmannaeyjar, the daughter of Einar Jonsson, born 16 August 1839 at Samastadir, Breidabolstadir i Fljotshlid, Rangarvalla and died 25 May 1900 in Vestmannaeyjar; and Gudrun Jonsdottir, born 24 July 1849 at Stora-Mork Storidalur undir Eyjafjollum, Rangarvalla, died 8 May 1931 in Spanish Fork, Utah.
In 1880 Gudrun immigrated to Utah with her parents. They traveled from Liverpool on the steamship Wisconsin leaving on 1 May 1880; they arrived in New York about 12 May. They crossed the continent by railroad and arrived in Spanish Fork about 21 May 1880. Just before arriving at New York, Gudrun’s mother gave birth to a baby boy named Nicholas Wisconsin Johnson. Gudrun died 2 November 1889 and is buried in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Lynette Johnson Renolds

Lynette Johnson Reynolds passed away, Click here to read her obituary.