l The horse thieves, heroes and everyday citizens who shaped Ogden's history are featured in the new book "Legendary Locals of Ogden" (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99). The book is a photographic history of Ogden's past and was authored by Sarah Langsdon and Melissa Johnson, who work in Weber State University's Special Collections, where they they had access to much of the historical material included in the book.
"Our book not only features well-known Ogdenites, but it also brings to light some lesser known stories," Langsdon said in a press release.
She said one such example is Ben Foreman, a convicted horse thief. When selecting photos for the book the two authors found one of Foreman, but little else was known about him other than his name and his crime. Langsdon began searching newspapers for more information and discovered that Foreman had been convicted and sent to prison three previous times. Unable to bear the thought of a fourth prison term, Foreman attempted suicide by slashing his throat as he walked through the prison gates. He survived the attempt, but his sentence was served in the state mental hospital.
"People know Ogden for its rough and tumble past, but Foreman's story makes that past more personal," Langsdon said. "His story is tragic, but now we know who he is. He is no longer just one of many barely identified photographs."
Friends of the Stewart Library will celebrate the launch of the book at 7 p.m. Wednesday with an authors' reception and book signing in the Hetzel-Hoellein Room of the Stewart Library, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. The book will be available for purchase at the event.
* Weber County Library continues its book discussion series Against All Odds: Memoirs that Inspire at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl. The book deals with the author's experience surviving more than one concentration camp during World War II and his subsequent ability to use his own experience and that of those around him to propel him to a position of worldwide expertise in the field of psychology.
The discussion is free at the library, 2464 Jefferson Ave., Ogden. Books will be available for free at the Reference Desk; for more information call 801-337-2632.