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Posted by weberhistory on August 29, 2021

CHAUNCEY AND EDNA STONE HOUSE

Chauncey and Edna Stone House, 2020
“Our new house”, December 1925

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This house is located within the confines of Bingham Fort.  In 1923 when Chauncey Stone began digging the foundation for this house, he discovered the rock foundation of the Bingham Fort tithing house.  This relic of the old fort caused a stir in the local community and an article in the Standard Examiner.  Chauncey re-used the rocks from the tithing house as cornerstones of the basement foundation.

The house was completed in December 1925 and the family moved in to celebrate Christmas in their new house with indoor plumbing, electricity and a majestic stove in the kitchen for cooking.  An oil burning heater in the living room provided central heat. 

Chauncey ran a dairy farm with 40 cows and sold milk to Weber Central Dairy for 23 years.  This era from 1914 to the 1940s is classified as The Golden Age of the Family Farm.

The 1850 south branch of the Lynne Ditch still flows west of the house.   Chauncey used the ditch to irrigate the farm and water the animals, just as it had been done since the ditch was built.

During the Depression, young boys came to work on the farm and were paid with milk and food.  A neighbor, Mrs. Anderson, said that her boys would never have grown properly without the milk and food they got from the farm during the Great Depression- “It saved their lives,” she said.

During the 1920s and 1930s the farm slowly transitioned from horse-and-plow to tractors and other mechanized machines.  During WWII, in additional to diversified crops, hemp was grown for the government and Italian prisoners of war from the Utah General Depot provided some of the labor on the farm.  At noon all the farm workers gathered around the granary for a home-cooked meal. A guard attended the prisoners, but there was a friendly comradery among them.

In 2004 the house and farm were accepted on the National Register of Historic Places and the farm was accepted in a Conservation Easement with the State of Utah.

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