Sivogah To Draper 1849-1977 Volume 2


Volume Two of the History of Draper, Utah, is dedicated to those pioneers who had a great desire to settle in Zion with other believers, who joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many sacrificed all their earthly goods in coming to Zion. Some were appointed by President Brigham Young to settle in the community known as Sivogah, then later known as South Willow Creek, Draperville, and finally Draper, Utah. Others came to the area to be with family members already settled there.

A History of Sivogah to Draper City-1849-1977 is funded in part by the taxpayers of Salt Lake County through the 1/1 Oth of 1 sales tax for Zoo, Arts, & Parks programs. IMPORTANT FACTS: As committee members came to grips with producing volume two of Draper history, it was evident from the very beginning that all the history of Draper could not possibly be written in one book. Bits and pieces of history like snowflakes continued to descend upon the committee during the writing process, until the committee was forced to set a date when no additional information could be used in volume two. Many different short histories of Draper with unknown authors were received. Such histories included one, two, or more handwritten or typed pages. All histories were read, differences noted, and with future readers in mind only those parts of histories that generally agreed on important facts were considered for inclusion in volume two. Some readers may be upset with selections made by the committee when there was conflicting information about who built the first home, who fought against the army commanded by General Albert Sidney Johnston, who owned the first car in Draper, who was the first to enter the chicken business, and so on. These were the kinds of choices continually experienced during the writing process.

The committee recognizes that some readers may feel a need to write their own Draper history so the record can be corrected. No committee member will be offended should this attitude produce other histories of Draper. Records used in writing this history will be available in the Draper Historical Society Library for those individuals having a desire to write their own history.

The history in this book, as said before, although not all inclusive, covers from 1849 to 1977. It appeared to the committee that history must mature, that is, time must pass before an accurate appraisal can be made as to what really constitutes history. For this and other reasons, the committee decided to cover only the time period from when Draper was settled in 1849 to 1977 when Draper became a city.