By RODNEY D. BOAM
History is on sale in Franklin County.
Some historical homes are looking for new owners. Two are vacant; one is still lived in.
One well preserved is the Matthew Cowley home.
Kris Beckstead said Matthias Cowley (Matthew Cowley’s father) lived in the home for a couple of years before being called to the Quorum of Twelve. Matthew Cowley was born in 1897, the same year that his father was called to the twelve and they moved to Salt Lake City when Matthew was just a tiny baby.
“My great-grandfather, John Larson, bought the home in the spring of 1898, moved in and lived there until the late 1920’s,” Beckstead said. “The home changed hands a couple of times after that and when I was a little girl, it was apartments.”
She said the home was purchased by Ed Hinckley in the late 70s and restored to as close to original as he could.
Today the home at the corner of 100 South 100 East is owned by Dave and Ruth Smith. Dave has also done a lot of work on it.
Smith has also restored more of the home close to its original state.
Another home is on the old mill property on Parkinson road. The mill and home were constructed in 1888 by James Mack, the same man who Mack Park in Smithfield is named after. Built using the expertise of Joseph Chatterton and John Nuffer, they used rocks taken from Rocky Bench, south of Maple Creek and timber out of Deep Canyon.
David and Afton Fitzen moved into the three story Victorian 2,300 square foot home in 1996 with hopes of turning the home and grounds into a reception/ wedding center like they owned once in Utah.
They put pavers in front of the house, then erected some statues, giving the outside of the home a more elegant appearance.
This story is sponsored by FCMC Home Health and Hospice.
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