Citizens Honored During Founders’ Day 2010

Outstanding Citizen

Dee Stoddard - Outstanding Citizen

  This year’s Outstanding Citizen is a lifetime resident of Wellsville. He married his sweetheart from Mt. Sterling and set up home in Wellsville. They raised three children.   He started his maried life as a farmer and eventually began working for the Union Pacific Railroad. He worked there until his retirement.

He has served Wellsville City in many ways, including:   

* as an adult leader for the youth in the 4H Horse program by holding weekly practices. They practiced barrel racing, pole bending, key-hole racing and general horsemanship techniques. He helped to organize and participate this group for parades events, Cache County horse shows, and even fielded a local team at the State competeition.

 * He keeps a watchful eye on the appearance of the Wellsville City Cemetery caring for forgotten or neglected headstones by cleaning, repairing, and reseating out of balance headstones.

 * He has catalogued and maintained the written obituaries of over 2000 former Wellsville City residents. At the tip of his finger he can find the obituary with its wealth of family and personal informaton.  

* He has served Wellsville by driving the Wellsville CIty parade float for many years. This year alone there were 12 parades.

* He tries to be a good neighbor when the snow falls, watching for opportunities for service.  

* He currently volunteers his service on the Wellsville City Beautification Committee with many other dedicated Wellsville CIty residents.

* He is responsible to care for the headgate at the Wellsville City Dam making sure it runs clear and doesn’t clog with debris.  

* He was once honored to serve as the Grand Marshall in the FOundrs’ Day Parade, and once with his wife at Wellsville’s Sweetheart Couple. 

This year’s Outstanding Citizen is Dee Stoddard.    


Queen of 1856

Sharon Poppleton - Queen of 1856

Sharon Kroksh Poppleton was born and raised in the small town of Elwood, Utah. She is the third of 4 daughters born to William dna Grace THompson Kroksh. She attended elementary school in Elwood, high school at Bear River High, and seminary in Garland Utah.

She meet Reese Squires Poppleton on a blind date and they were married after she graduated from high school. He filled her life with unconditional love, laughter, security, and five children. Lynda (Donnell) Larsen, Logan; Chyral (Steve) Haramoto, Elwood; Daniel (Jackie) Poppleon, Wellsville; Randy (Wendy) Poppleton, Wellsville; and Robyn (Dale) Nelson; Wellsville.

Reese worked at Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, they own a small farm and built a small home in Wellsville where she has lived for 61 years. While most of her friends went on to college, she learned how to drive a grey Ford tractor with blue trim with either a swather, bailer, or flatbed hay wagon behine. Her homemaking skills consisted of bottling fruit which fermented and growing vegtables from her garden that turned black, and making bread that never rose above the top of the pan. Reese said that her cooking was a real adventure and a test of real love. He never knew about all the failures she buried in the back yard. She also learned how to seq clothes for her children and herself. She has seved in the the auxiliaries of the LDS church (except for the priesthood – they turned her down!).

Reese died in 1992. Trying to fill the void in her life, she went to work at a small grocery store in Hyrum, later working at K_Mart in Logan, and volunteered at the medical clinic in Logan where she worked at the records desk. She also served at the Family History Library and the Logan Temple. She served an 18 month mission in Salt Lake City, at the Joseph SMith Memorial Building on the 6th floor. They didn’t trust her with the living, so they put her behind a computer searching out the dead.

Sharon appreicates the previlege and honor of being asked to represent bothe the Daniel H. Wells and Peter Maughan Camps of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Her great-great-grandmother, Bergeta Pearson, and daughter, found the church and imigrated from Sweden and walked across the plains with the Joseph Horne Company, arriving in Salt Lake City in 1861.

Our Queen of 1856 – Sharon Poppleton.  

Marshall of the Day

Don W. Bailey - Marshall of the Day

Don W. Bailey is a life-long resident of Wellsville. He was born on the family farm during the Great Depression, and grew up farming with a team of horses. He played fast-pitch softball and basketball at South Cache High School and always had FFA projects. He was a member of the Rodeo Cowboy’ Association, riding bulls and bareback horses at rodeos throughout the west.

Don served a tour of duty in Korea during the Korean War. He married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Wyatt, and they raised a family of five children.

Don is a very successful dairy farmer. He is an active member of the LDS Church. He served for eighteen years on the Utah Dairy Commission and the Utah Beef Council. He was a thirty-year member of the Wellsville Lions Club and currently serves on the Wellsville City Board of Adjustments.

Our Marshall of the Day is Don Bailey.

Oldest Citizen

Woodrow Darley - Oldest Citizen

Sweetheart Couple

Grant and Millicent Parkinson - Sweetheart Couple

Grant and Millicent Parkinson - Sweetheart Couple

Click here to see the results of the 2010 Founders’ Day 5K and 10K races

For information regarding Founders’ Day 2010 contact:
Colin Harrison
435 (245-5227) 

For vendor information contact:
Sandy Jorgensen
435 (512-4176) 

Download the 2010 Founders Day Booth Application 

For a copy of the Schedule of Events, click here.

*Note: The Historic Wellsville Tabernacle is unavailable for Founders’ Day activities this year. Most activities that have taken place in the Tabernacle in past years (such as the Arts and Crafts displays and the Photo Exhibit) will not be held this year. The Sunday Night Patriotic meeting will be held in the LDS Stake Center (Sunday dress is requested). 

Highlights for Founders’ Day 2010
This year’s theme is Small Town America 

Friday and Saturday, September 3 & 4
Wellsville Stampede – Semi-Pro Rodeo, 7:00 p.m. Wellsville Arena
Don’t miss out on this exciting semi-pro rodeo. Two great nights of fast-breaking action. This is an Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association event. For more information contact Kurt or Sue Mitton at 232-3201. 

Check out these pictures from last year’s rodeo.