Sunday, May 10, 2009

Unveiling the New Monument

On Saturday, May 9, 2009 the West family dedicated a new monument for Chauncey Walker West's family at the Ogden City Cemetery. Following the dedicatory service, the family gathered in Farr West at 1800 North 1800 West for a reunion. This was the first reunion of the West family.

A new biography of Chauncey Walker West was available for purchase at $5.00. In addition, a beautiful hardwood plaque with a slice of the original rail laid before 1869 was $50. Biographies of many of the wives along with photographs and copies of some of Chauncey's diaries were on display.

The organization decided to keep the old monument standing and add the new monument on the same family plot. The original monument was "hit by a car over the weekend of April 27-29, 1973" - evidently vandals destroyed several monuments in the cemetery that night (see FHL 1672571 Ogden cemetery plat sheets).

Details about the effort to erect this new monument are posted at Chauncey W West Monument Fund Blog.