History of 2nd Street, Ogden, Utah

Stories of Bingham's Fort, Lynne, Five Points

a. Arch Clapier Reminiscent Memories

Posted by weberhistory on November 11, 2010

Arch D. Clapier (1902-1993) Reminiscent Memories

Written down by Josee Clapier Fenstermaker Lake and son in c. 1970

Five Points was so named because of five roads coming together.  They were 2nd Street (east and west), Washington Ave. (north and south) and Harrisville Ave. coming in at an angle from Farr West and Plain City.

I started school in 1907.

Arch Clapier with class at the Five Points School; photo c. 1907, courtesy Connie Clapier.

Arch Clapier with class at the Five Points School; photo c. 1907, courtesy Connie Clapier.

Five Points had five saloons at that time.  I remember boys like myself use to run down during noon hour and gather the beer and whisky bottles from back of the saloon and trade them to the grocery store for candy.  That was our spending money.

In 1907 Five Points had a bad reputation for being a tough place.  The men would come out from Ogden to get drunk.  We used to ride the streetcar for 5 cents.

There were some good people with families living in five Points.  They were hard working and good citizens.  I’ll try to mention a few.  John Randall’s family consisted of William, Edward, Nellie and Laurie.  Harvey Randall had five daughters.  They owned the Lumber and Coal Yard.

Three generations of the Shaws ran the grocery store.

The Redfields had an electric shop and bicycle shop.  One of the boys built the first radio in Ogden.  Fred Redfield had honey factory.  LeVar moved to Reno and became a multi millionaire.

Jim Harrop had a very large family of boys.  He was the fire marshal for the volunteer fire department.  The water was pumped by hand and they had regular fire drills once a month.

I remember the Leavitts on Second had 4 boys and 2 girls.

The Olsens had 2 boys and 3 girls.

The Moroni Stones had 3 boys and 4 girls.

The Price family had 3 boys and 4 girls.

The Richards had 1 girl and 6 boys.

The Sherners had 2 boys and 5 girls.

The Christensons had 3 girls and 5 boys.

The Bolanders had 3 girls and 5 boys.

The Victor Renos had 1 boy and 5 girls.

The John Hutchens had 5 boys and 2 girls.

John Stone 2 boys 3 girls

Chaunce Stone 2 boys 1 girl

John Mills had 4 girls 4 boys

Maeros had 4 girls 4 boys.

Clapiers had 7 girls 2 boys.

The irrigation water was brought to Five Points in 1850.  It was called the Lynn Irrigation Co.  It was the 2nd water right on the Ogden River [actually the tenth].

In that time Five Points was known a Bingham’s Fort.  The fort was built to protect from the Indians.  Moroni Stone was the 1st white child born in the fort.  About 1850. [He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1850]

The land north of 2nd Street was known as part of land grant given to Captain James Brown by Brigham Young for leading the Mormon Battalion.  The land bought from John Hutchens [ by the Clapiers at 230 W. 2nd St.] was part of the land grant.

The large brick house on the Reno farm was first a schoolhouse.  There were 2 churches in Five Points, the Congregation where the Bank of Utah is now and the Mormon Church and the Mormons were known as the Lynne Ward.  It was located near the blacksmith shop on Harrisville Ave.

Lynne Ward Meetinghouse 1906; Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

Congregational Church, Lynne Ward Meetinghouse, and blacksmith shop 1906; Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.

It was always exciting when the thrashers came into the neighborhood as I remember the thrashing machine was powered by horses ran by a man named Buck Bradshaw.

The Jack family lived in house in rear of W.A. Shaw grocery store.  They came from Scotland.  Get information from Mrs. Owen Wangsgard; she was a Jack.

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