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d.652 5th Street

Posted by weberhistory on February 22, 2010

652 5TH STREET – JOHN ANDREW LEFGREN

Old plow at Lefgren driveway symbolizes the Lefgren farm at 652 5th Street; photos 2001.

Old plow at Lefgren driveway symbolized the Lefgren farm at 652 5th Street, established c. 1877; the house remained in the family until 2001.

LF:John P. Lefgren home c. 1905; remodeled so only portions of old house remain. RT: 5th St. hill, Lefgren house at top, left side, Smuin Pond at the bottom, right side.

LF: John P. Lefgren home built c.1905; remodeled so only portions of old house remain. RT: 5th St. hill, Lefgren house at top, left side, Smuin Pond formerly at the bottom, right side.

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John Andrew Lefgren and his wife Anna Carolina came from Sweden in about 1877 and built a log cabin at the crest of the hill on what is today’s 5th Street.  There was not a 5th Street at that time.  He accessed his farm on a lane that ran between 2nd Street and 7th Street above the canals.  This was done until the time that Ogden City built bridges over the irrigation canals on the hill.  John liked this fresh location on the high bench as it caught the canyon wind and reminded him of his home in Sweden.  It was a great place to farm.  Pine trees on Mt. Lewis were used to build his cabin; the logs were lowered over the cliffs of Lewis Peak.[1]

John Andrew Lefgren, born 1842 Sweden.

John Andrew Lefgren, born 1842 Sweden.

In 1892 the OgdenCity directory lists his residence as East Lynne without a street address.  In 1904 his address is on 7th near Madison Ave. because 5th Street was not yet built.

John’s son, John Peter Lefgren, married Lily Smuin in 1905 and built a home at the top of the hill on 5th Street next to his father’s log cabin.   This property remained in the Lefgren family for 127 years and is representative of early Scandinavian homes on the bench.[2]

John Peter Lefgren born 1973 Sweden.

John Peter Lefgren born 1873 Sweden.

John P. Lefgren was 2nd Counselor in bishopric of 8th Ward after it separated from the Lynne Ward in 1908.  John was a carpenter and builder by trade and was put in charge of the construction of a new chapel for 8th Ward.  He and three other carpenters worked with untiring zeal on the new building at the NW corner of 7th St and Adams Ave.  Much of his time was donated, and he received a minimum wage for some of his work.  His building comrades were Karl Edling, Joseph Bjorklund, and Henning Friedberg.  The ward building was large and took about four years to complete. [3]

8th Ward building once stood on NW corner of 7th and Adams Ave;  it was dedicated in February 1914 by President Joseph F. Smith; .

8th Ward building once stood on NW corner of 7th and Adams Ave;
it was dedicated in February 1914 by President Joseph F. Smith.

 LYNNE, EAST SIDE c. 1900: Lefgren farm at the top of hill on today’s 5th St.

LYNNE, EAST SIDE c. 1900: Lefgren farm at the top of hill on today’s 5th St.

              

P.S. This is another old Scandinavian farmhouse on the high bench; today’s address is the NE corner of 7th and Monroe across from Ben Lomond High School.  If you have information about this house please contact us at binghamsfort@gmail.com.

968 7th Street

968 7th Street


[1] Interview James Lefgren Oct. 27, 2001 and March 24, 2012.

[2] Ibid

[3] Pearl Stowe, Ogden Utah 8th Ward, Lorin Farr Stake, 1908-1980, 1985, p. 53, 92.

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