Citizens Honored during Founders’ Day 2011

Outstanding Citizen

The ancestors of this citizen were one of the first to come into Wellsville to make their homes and to help settle the town.  Our outstanding citizen was born and raised in Wellsville.  This person had good parents and came from a family of four.  Their parents taught him to work at an early age.  They were raised on a farm and soon learned the work was never done.  One of the jobs was to milk the cows, by hand, morning and night.  The farming included working in the hay fields, grain fields, and pea fields.  This was all done by hand, with a team of horses, and wagons.

This person attended the Floradell Elementary School, then on to the Wellsville Jr. High, then on to South Cache.  After South Cache, like many of the youth at that time, he decided to leave home and joined the Air Force.  He was stationed in Japan and Korea.  It was while in the service that he got word that his father had passed away.  He was unable to come home for the funeral.  This was a dark sad day in his life.

After the military service for his country, he went to work at Hill Air Force Base.  With work at Hill Field and military service he served his country for 40 years.  He met his wife the same year he returned from the service.  They were married the following year in the Logan LDS Temple.  Of this marriage, there are three sons.  He continued to work at Hill Field and farmed with the three boys help.  He sent two of his sons on missions and one stayed home to help with the farm work.  He had 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and 2 on the way.

He and his wife enjoy going to rodeos and always go the PBR – Professional Bull Riding.

Our outstanding citizen served on the City council for one term. And learned respect for the Mayor and city councilmen.  He learned quickly that serving on the city council was not an easy job.  He made the comment once, “Everybody needs a turn at this!”

The outstanding citizen is a member of the AmVet Club and on Memorial Day weekend you can find him at the Wellsville Cemetery placing flags on the graves of all the veterans.  He takes this job very seriously and takes great pride in honoring these veterans.

He is one of the directors of the Wellsville Mendon Conservation District and the South Cache Water Users.  He has been involved for many years with the different water companies.

On Founders’ Day you will find him involved with the parade.  He has participated in the parade many times, serving as a member of the color guard, as a pioneer, and as an Indian.  He helps line-up the parade every year and make sure it starts ON TIME!!

This citizen is being honored at the Outstanding Citizen of Wellsville for 2011 – William Ray Bankhead.


Queen of 1856

Shirlee Stauffer Darley was born in Mendon, Utah on February 1st, 1924, number 10 out of 11 children, plus a half-brother.  In a large family, all had to help out – one of her jobs was to turn the dining table chairs outward so the family could kneel in prayer every morning.  Her mother died when she was nine years old so her older brothers and sisters raised her.  Her father owned a store that was right next to the family home.  She helped out at a young age by dusting the canned goods each week and when she finished she could pick a cookie out of the glass case for payment.  As she got older, she pumped gas and sold yardage.  She figures that this is where she got her love of sewing, and her five daughters benefited from this skill – all of the beautiful Christmas and Easter dresses, prom and formal dance dresses, school dresses and many dance costumes – she sewed them all!

Shirlee remembers riding the train from Mendon to Hyrum to high school.  She graduated from South Cache High School and then moved to Salt Lake City to attend LDS Business College for a year.  The big entertainment at the time was dances, and this is where she met her future husband, Archie Darley, a Wellsville boy.  The Mendon girls would wait and watch for the carload of good-looking Wellsville boys to appear, and then would fill their dance cards with names.  There was one handsome guy who she had her eye on, but her best friend did too, and it was Archie!  In Mom’s own words, “I won!” and “Isn’t he handsome?” 

They were married in September 1943.  War had broken out and Dad was called to duty.  They moved to Texas for basic training after which he was sent to the Philippines and Shirlee came home to live with her mother-in-law, Mattee Darley, in Wellsville.  Their first daughter was born and was six-months old before Archie got to see her.  They built a home next door and lived their all their lives.  They have in their family five daughters:  Marsha Ann Brenchley, Brenda Leishman, Cindee Jensen, Elizabeth Kaye Snodgrass, and Nanette Davis.  She has 22 grandkids and 47 great-grandkids.

She has always been very active, jogging in younger years and more recently walking every day.  She was a “health-nut” long before it was popular to be so.  She loves nature and the outdoors, likes picnics and hikes in the mountains and enjoyed going down to the farm to milk cows.  She has a green thumb; loves to, and is very good at, gardening.  She loves birds, and watches and feeds many of them.  She loves to play golf and became quite good.  She played in many Founders’ Day tournaments with her granddaughters.  She loves to travel and has been to Europe, Canada, Alaska, and many other states.  She loves the Wellsville Mountains and the beautiful valley surrounding.  Twice she has hiked to the top peak and enjoyed the view.  She has been a member of the Jr. Literary Club for many years, and is a member of the Daniel H. Wells camp of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.  She has sung with the city choir and many ward choirs over the years. 

She is a true pioneer-spirited citizen of Wellsville, and loves the town and the great people that live here.

Marshall of the Day

Clint Baugh was born right here in Wellsville, January 31, 1929, the middle child of seven children.  He married Edna in 1950, and is the father of four children, Gene, JoDee Myers, Bonita Skiby, and Kelley Biewend. He’s also the grandfather of eight, and the great-grandfather of seven.

He attended Wellsville Floradell School. He worked hauling grain for Leatham Grain, doing construction, at the 2nd Street Army Depot, at Tri-Miller Packing , as a service station attendant for Bob Maughan, and for the last 22 years until retirement, at Wellsville City. During his time working at Wellsville City, a new water and sewer system were installed, the town grew, and was the town sexton.

Clint had a dairy herd for a few years and sold milk to Gossner’s, dabbled in horses and pigs, and can always be found at the livestock auctions on auction day. Many of you call him to haul cattle either to or from the auction for you.

Clint was a volunteer fireman for 22 years. He has also volunteered at so many functions around the city, always behind the scenes, never taking any credit for so many people he has helped.

Clint is a prankster. You have to get up pretty early to get one over on him, and if you do, watch out… he’ll be planning the next one for you! And after all, he has put over 200 people in their graves!

Oldest Citizen

Clark Maughan - 2011 Oldest Citizen












 Sweetheart Couple

Dean and Betty Haslem - 2011 Sweetheart Couple