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Discover... SANDY Area History!


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Kate Schmitz House (Sandy Country Florist) Kate Junker Schmitz came to Sandy with her parents Caspar and Katherine Junker in 1897 when she was only a year old. Her parents purchased the Sandy Hotel which sat on the north side of Pioneer Boulevard and operated it with style and flair for many years. It burned in 1923, then the land was sold to Ron Essen, a pharmacist who constructed a fireproof concrete building that quickly became a popular drug store and the place to shop for gifts and sundries in Sandy. Essen sold the business to pharmacist Ivan Barker in 1933. Later, Barker moved the pharmacy to Proctor Boulevard and the building was converted to a restaurant. Today, Double Dragon Chinese Restaurant does business there. The Junker’s built their family home across Pioneer Boulevard from their hotel. That home is now Sandy Country Florist. The Junkers also built the Junker Building, a concrete structure, on the south side of Pioneer Boulevard. There Kate Schmitz and her husband, who were married in 1920, operated a popular cafÊ in the Junker Building between the Junker residence and the R.S. Smith Building. The Junkers and their daughter both had a significant impact on the development and business of early Sandy. Dances were a popular form of socialization and entertainment and the latenight break from the dancing usually resulted in grabbing a bite to eat cooked by Kate Schmitz. The Junkers, the Schmitzes, the Essons and the Barkers all left a memorable legacy in Sandy, and the buildings that survive them are a true representation of Sandy: Then & Now.

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Then & Now Alfred Williams came to Sandy in 1906 to work in the logging camps. But his real pas1 sion was the practice of medicine. He studied for his state medical license but did not pass the exam. Nevertheless, he was granted a license in 1917 when the shortage of country doctors was acute and most doctors were serving troops in WWI. In the 1920s, Dr. Williams (whose nickname was Doc Yak after a cartoon character of the time) had a log home and medical office built at 39332 Proctor Boulevard (Picture #1). As you can see from the first photo, the vertical cedar tree trunks that anchored the building assured its strength and longevity over time. Later, the building was home to St. Paul's Press (Picture #2) , updated and expanded to include offices an retail space. Most recently, it has undergone another renovation bringing 2 it into the 21st Century where it is home to Cool Printing plus other offices (Picture #3).

The structures of the DVD and book projects were created by Phil Jonsrud and Denny Gray who together recorded the history through photographs and the written word. Phil began collecting photos going back to 1973 when he was helping create the first Sandy Historical Society publication, Sandy Pioneers, Early Settlers and Barlow Road Days. As local pioneer families shared their pictures, it became clear that such a project could be done. Eventually, Phil enlisted the help of his cousin Denny Gray whose computer skills and photo restoration talents allowed for a dramatic expansion of the material available for the book and DVD. Phil continued to add captions to the photos for years and the two assembled notebooks of their planned book and DVD.

Both Phil Jonsrud and Denny Gray died this spring. The volunteers and board of directors at the Sandy Historical Museum are completing the two projects -- the book and the DVD -- out of respect and appreciation for all the work they put into creating them. The anticipated publication date is October.


Sandy: The Sandy Historical Society is the repository for much of Sandyarea history including a comprehensive collection of photographs. Sandy: Then & Now is a two-part project that will include a photographic tour of Sandy as it was near the turn of the 20th Century. To the historical panorama, newer photos have been added to show buildings and businesses are they are now.

There are two parts to the project. The first is a DVD that will show Sandy buildings and locations -- then and now. It was originally conceived as a DVD or slide show that could be played in the Sandy Historical Museum to help visitors visualize the growth and progress in the community over the last 120 years. Ann Marie Amstad, secretary of the historical society board, saw it as a good way for people to quickly understand the nature of the community as it was then and as it is now.


Jonsrud & Grey Phil Jonsrud and Denny Grey left a wonderful legacy that will become a part of the Sandy community heritage. Both men died in spring 2012, leaving a gaping hole in the fabric of the Sandy Historical Society. In their last two years, the cousins collaborated on “Sandy: Then & Now,� a DVD and companion book that shows the buildings of early Sandy with the updated or replacement buildings of today.

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The second part of the project is a Sandy: Then & Now book that will include photographs showing Sandy's history through the photos in the collection. They can be companion pieces or stand alone.

There are several examples in this publication such as the building that originally housed the medical office of "Doc Yak" (Picture #1) which later served as the home to St, Paul's Press (Picture #2) and today is home to Cool Printing (Picture #3) .

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY By Russell Collier, Pastor Rivers of Living Water There really isn’t anything new...almost! Ecclesiastes 1:4, 9 - King James Version (KJV) 4 9 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh … The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.


The holy word of God is inspired and true. The above scriptures helps to deflate our egos and put things in perspective. From God’s point of view, there really isn’t anything new in the natural human realm. We are the same as our most ancient parents - Adam and Eve. We have the same needs they had - food, shelter, clothing, communication, survival, etc.



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Acts 2:38 - King James Version (KJV) 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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