A history of history in North Ogden

Benjamin Franklin Blaylock, Henry Holmes, and John W. Gibson were early North Ogden historians. They kept journals, diaries, minutes for meetings, church records, and more. Today, the city, volunteers, and residents all work together to preserve North Ogden’s ongoing history! The city keeps records of city council meetings, museum volunteers clip news articles and obituaries of North Ogden, and residents submit their histories to the North Ogden Museum. This information is kept in files at the museum. The volunteers at the North Ogden Historical Museum encourage citizens to bring their family stories, histories, genealogy, and photos to be scanned, or they can be sent via email. There have also been five North Ogden history books published over the years.

The North Ogden Historical Museum first began when a museum committee of five was appointed in about 2005 by Mayor Gary Harrop. Meetings were held at the city offices, then moved to a room above the old public works building on Pleasant View Drive. The museum became a 501(c)3 non- profit organization in 2006, with 15 volunteers on the board of directors. After a few years, the museum volunteers were allowed by the city to move to the current location at 545 East 2750 North. Many artifacts, family histories, photos, and stories have been donated, and the museum has become a fun and informative place to visit. People come in and find information and photos of their family that they didn’t know about before.

There are quite a few things we wouldn’t know about North Ogden if someone didn’t take the time to record it. For example, we’d never know about the early schoolhouse stories about snakes coming up through the knots in the floor and the chaos that ensued! We wouldn’t know about Mary Wilson Montgomery who named Ben Lomond after her beloved hometown mountain in Scotland; her photo and story are at the museum. The museum also has a silk hat on display that was made from silk harvested in North Ogden. The Relief Society was encouraged to raise silkworms, which was a huge undertaking. Before the eggs hatched, the women had to wear them in a bag around their neck to keep them warm. When the eggs started wiggling, the women had to hurry home. The silkworms had to be fed mulberry leaves 3 times a day, and the silk harvesting process was long and difficult for very little silk. There are thousands of more stories that have been written and have yet to be written! Recording history is important because memories fade, people die, stories and facts are lost without records and journals.

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