Grantsville’s mayor selected an octogenarian and a centenarian as grand marshals for the town’s 2019 Fourth of July parade.
“We wanted to recognize some of our citizens that have been with us for some time,” said Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall. “They aren’t our oldest citizens but they have been with us for a while.”
Ida Hoggan, 100, and Elbert “Bert” Lawrence, 92, are the 2019 Fourth of July Grand Marshals for Grantsville City.
However, only Ida will be in the parade. Bert passed away Tuesday night.
Ida turned 100 on March 5, 2019. She celebrated her birthday with a party at the Grantsville Senior Center where Marshall presented her with a centenarian certificate.
Ida isn’t a native of Grantsville. She was raised in Ogden. After graduating from high school, Ida moved to California and stayed there for 50 years.
“I had a daughter that was living in Kentucky that was moving back to Utah, to Grantsville, to be near one of my other daughters,” Ida said. “I decided to move to Grantsville with my daughter from Kentucky.”
Ida said she bought a house in Grantsville on Hale Street. She lived in the basement and her daughter lived upstairs.
That was almost 20 years ago, Ida said.
“I loved coming to Grantsville,” Ida said. “I had instant friends through my church and I joined the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and made more friends.”
Ida said she knits, crochets, and sews, to keep busy.
“I don’t just sit around,” Ida said. “I’ve got things to do.”
Although she is 100 years old, Ida emphasized that she is still very independent.
“I still drive, but not on the freeways or at night,” she said. “And I can walk without a cane. I get around and can run my own errands.”
Ida said she was surprised when she found out she was going to be a grand marshal.
Although Bert passed away Tuesday night, Grantsville will honor Bert as a grand marshal for the parade, according to Mayor Marshall.
Bert was born in Tooele in 1927. His parents moved out of Utah for a few years, but Bert, with his parents, moved back to Utah and settled in Grantsville when Bert was five years old.
Bert essentially never called anywhere else home, according to Lois Lawrence, Bert’s high school best friend and wife of 65 years.
Bert’s grandfather started the Log Cabin Service on Main Street. His family operates a car wash at the same location on Main Street today, according to Marshall.
Back when Bert’s grandfather opened Log Cabin Service cars and traveling started to be popular, according to Lois.
Tourists from all over had to travel through Grantsville to get to California, according to Lois.
“The Log Cabin was a Texaco service station, but it was much more than a gas station,” Lois said.
“Bert’s grandmother would cook meals for the travelers. Door-to-door salesmen would check in in the morning and let his (Bert’s) grandmother know they would be back for lunch.”
Along with the service station the family had a campground and a store, according to Lois.
Bert worked at Log Cabin Service along with his brother for years, she said.
“Bert had a ranch with over 100 cows,” Lois said. “He would work all day on the ranch and then work at the Log Cabin at night.”
As the responsibility for the Log Cabin Service fell to Bert and his brother, Bert realized that the Log Cabin couldn’t support two families. So Bert took a job working at Morton Salt so his brother could run the Log Cabin, according to Lois.
However, Bert still helped out his brother after getting home from Morton Salt, according to Lois.
“I had to have Bert’s dinner hot and on the table when he walked in the door from Morton Salt,” Lois said. “Otherwise he wouldn’t have time to eat dinner before he went to the Log Cabin.”
Working at Morton Salt and family business at the Log Cabin didn’t leave Bert a lot of time for getting involved in the community, according to Lois.
“His favorite thing to do when he wasn’t working was to hunt for arrowheads,” Lois said.
The Grantsville Fourth of July parade begins at 11 a.m. Line up for parade participants starts at 10 a.m. at Grantsville City Hall. The parade will start at City Hall and travel west on Main Street to Center Street turning on Cherry Street and heading east to the city park.