July Newsletter 2017


Paula Hirschi Arriola entertains HVSUP Chapter Members on  the History of the Hirschi Family in Southern Utah!

On the evening of the 15th of July, our chapter gathered to eat, socialize, and be entertained by Paula, as she expertly, wove the history of her family into the historical fabric of the settlements of Southern Utah.  From Ulrich, and his family, who joined the Church in Switzerland during the year 1858, through Waldo who is still living with us here in Hurricane.

Gottlieb, the 2nd in the line, was the first to migrate to Zion, arriving at Castle Garden, New York, where he stayed from August 1859 through May 1860, when they left for Florence, Nebraska. Here they joined the Jesse Murphy Wagon Train, and left in June of that year. He arrived in the Salt Lake Valley about 2 months later. He married Marianna Rupp in September of 1861, just before traveling to the Dixie Mission,

They settled in Santa Clara, but before too long moved to Adventure, a town located near Grafton. They found members of that community already moving to Rockville, so that is where they decided to hang their hats.

Gottlieb and Maryanna had several children, among whom was one named David. Most of Paula’s presentation centered around David and his tremendous contribution to the settlement Hurricane, and the success of the banking industry during a very difficult time in our nation’s economic history. David Married Mary Petty in 1890, and moved to Hurricane in 1921. They had a son they named Claudius (Claud) who married Anna Workman, and was already living in Hurricane.  They came to join them.

Claud was one who helped to name the cliffs of Zion, such as “The Three Patriarchs, The Great White Throne, the Great Organ, The Sentinel, and the Altar of Sacrifice. He also became an Icon in the community of Hurricane, taking over his father’s banking interests in the State Bank of Hurricane. He was also a charter member of the Post 100 American Legion, and one of their Commanders.

Our July 2017 Newsletter also gives a continuation of the History of LaVerkin, and the Calendar of Events for the rest of the year.


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June Newsletter 2017


F. Leon Lewis

Leon Lewis Speaking to the HVSUP

Leon Lewis entertains HVSUP Chapter Members on Zion & Shunesburg History!

In our June Meeting, We met at the American Legion Hall to listen to F. Leon Lewis regale us with his wit and charm!  Leon, an old time resident of Rockville, Utah, took time out of his busy life to tell us about the history of Zion Park, and along with that some of the history of Shunesburg! His opening remark went something like this: “Someone asked me the other day how old I was.” I said, “Well, I’ve been in Rockville, and I have experienced five 100 year floods, you can judge my age from that.”

Hurricane SUP Members Listening to F. Leon Lewis

HVSUP Members at the June Meeting

Leon is a wonderful poet, sage, philosopher and friend. We had a large crowd there to listen to him. He served as one of our presenters on a bus to Zion during the Convention last year. Everyone loved listening to his slow drawl, and down to earth wisdom. We were indeed blessed to have had him speak to us.

The dinner was pot-luck, and scrumptious as always!  There are not too many chapters who have pot-luck, and when asked why they don’t, they say it is too risky. They obviously haven’t been to one of our meetings.  Only twice in the past 21 years have there ever been problems. One night we had all desserts, and the very next meeting we had all main dishes!  Guest who come to our dinners are blown away at how good they are. Our compliments to each chef who helps to provide such successful meals.

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