Monday Memories: Chronicles of Marriott-Slaterville’s history

Monday , September 28, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Imagine how exciting it would be to write a story about your life and where you grew up. Furthermore, envision the sense of pride you would feel knowing your ancestors settled the area where your memories were created.

This week’s Monday Memories spotlights the literary contributions of four people whose works are cherished as part of Marriott-Slaterville’s history.

A former resident of Bakersfield, Calif., Ida Marriott Kyle is seen at the piano on the cover of her autobiography. For many years, she taught piano in Utah and California. A highlight in her life was the opportunity to study piano with renowned concert pianist Frederic Dixon. She was presented by Dixon in recitals at the Crystal Ballroom of the Hotel Ben Lomond and at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah.

Madeleine Marriott Harrop’s autobiography included letters she received and wrote, writings of her family, and a piece about the renovation of her home. She also wrote a poem entitled “Home.” Harrop and Kyle were sisters.

The siblings were granddaughters of Teresa Southwick and John Marriott, early pioneers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who founded the community of Marriott.

The 56-page biography of Charles Arthur Marriott was written by his daughter Madeleine Harrop. Fond of riding through the country as he witnessed plowing and cultivation, Marriott’s literary works depicted family life and true friends. A son of Teresa Southwick and John Marriott, he died in Millbrae, San Mateo, Calif.

The wife of Charles Marriott, Mary Agnes Farley Marriott, added a literary contribution describing her life on the family farm and special occasions. Information for her autobiography was collected by their daughter Madeleine Harrop. 

Here’s another interesting tidbit regarding the history of Marriott-Slaterville. It didn’t always have a hyphenated name. The Weber County city was incorporated in July 1999, in a merger of the earlier unincorporated communities of Marriott and Slaterville. The new name was the result of cofounders John Marriott and Richard Slater.

Photos are courtesy of Weber State University, Stewart Library, Special Collections.

If you have photos and memories you’d like to share with us that were taken earlier than 1990, send an email to digitaleditor@standard.net with the subject titled “Monday Memories,” and we may use it in an upcoming installment.

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