History of 2nd Street, Ogden, Utah

Stories of Bingham's Fort, Lynne, Five Points

b. 460 S. Adams

Posted by weberhistory on March 22, 2010

460 S. Adams Ave.; built by pioneer George Smuin for his parents in c. 1873;  originally adobe brick; photo 2012.

460 S. Adams Ave.; built by pioneer George Smuin for his parents in c. 1873;
originally adobe brick; photo 2012.

George Smuin 1844-1913

George Smuin 1844-1913

George Smuin was  born Nov 11, 1844 in England and emigrated to Zion in 1864. He immediately began working for the railroad to earn passage money for his family still in England.

Eliza Gaisford was born in Ogden in June 1853 to immigrant parents from England who spent their first winter (1852-1853) in a wagon box “down by the Mount at Mount Fort”.

George and Eliza were married April 12, 1869, and settled in Lynne Precinct.  George always remembered the sacrifice his family made to send him to gather with the Saints in Utah Territory, and he and his new wife continued to save money for their passage.  Eliza wrote,

“[George] sent the means to England to bring his mother, his step-father, grandfather, grandmother, and a cousin to Zion. This meant a great sacrifice, money being very scarce. We had to deny ourselves both food and clothing, but I know we were blessed in giving them the privilege of enjoying this beautiful land.”

 After ten years of saving George’s family arrived in Ogden in Nov. 1873.  George and Eliza had 3 children by the time his parents arrived.  The burden to provide food and shelter for his extended family initially fell on George’s shoulders.  His willingness to help them was clearly demonstrated as he provided for them and built a house for his parents while simultaneously trying to raise and provide for his own family.

The house he built for his parents still stands at 460 S. Adams Ave.  The original home is adobe brick.  It was modernized in the early 1900s by adding a porch and covering the adobe with a plaster/stucco combination.  It is said that the pine trees in front of the house came from Lynne Nurseries.

With a growing family, George supported his family with the business of harvesting fruit and establishing a nursery.  He had the first nursery and the only hot house in northern Ogden called the G. Smuin & Co. of Lynne Nurseries.   He also became involved with the Lumber industry, and for many years served as Vice President of the Utah & Oregon Lumber company located along 24th street and Lincoln Avenue.

G. Smuin & Co. of Lynne Nurseries; photo c. 1885.

G. Smuin & Co. of Lynne Nurseries; photo c. 1885.

George had an entrepreneurial spirit that benefitted his family and other new immigrants.  He had the advantage of employing many immigrants in the strawberry fields and then commanded a high price for his produce by sending it on the railroad to a market outside of Ogden.

He made a pond at the bottom of the hill by today’s 5th Street to harvest ice during the winter and then used the ice to ship his berries on the rails.  The pond was called Smuin Pond.

As parents, George and Eliza worked diligently to teach their children principles of work and obedience. Their daughter Susannah later wrote the following: “There never was card playing in our home, we never were allowed to stay out late at night. We were taught to observe the word of Wisdom and honor the Sabbath day. Mother always prepared food on Saturday to last over Sunday. I remember the roast meat and pies and cakes that were stored on our pantry shelves for Sunday. Father was Bishop and he always brought home the visiting Brethren to dinner. I remember when President Wilford Woodruff came to our home for dinner, how he left his blessing with us. We were taught to see that our shoes were cleaned on Saturday and our clothes prepared for Sunday and we all went to Sunday School and meeting. Our home was always one of order. Father planned the work every day – my sister Ellen and I were the oldest, we always helped mother in the house and helped father on the farm. He had a large fruit farm, father would say: ‘This is our busy day’ and that was every day.”

George’s mother died in 1899 and his step-father in 1905.[1]

[1] Grant Lefgren, A History of the Smuin Family, manuscript, 2013.

Smuin, Empey Suzanna

Smuin Empey

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