PLEASANT VIEW -- Students at North Ogden Junior High School have asked the city council to change information on the city's web site stating that Peter Skeen Ogden spent time in what is now Pleasant View.
The students recently addressed the council and their evidence, which reflected Ogden probably spent time in the Huntsville area rather than Pleasant View.
Following the presentation, council members agreed to look into the matter and consider changes on the website, which claims Ogden spent time in Pleasant View.
History teacher Justin Urry said he teaches the students a Mountain Man unit and his students are from the North Ogden area, an area named for Peter Skeen Ogden. He said the students studied journals of Ogden, and learned where he went and what he did.
Urry said the information found by the students reflects Skeen's travels in the 1820s.
"The information changes (what) is on your web-site," said Urry. "The students are excited to be real historians and maybe change a little piece of history about what happened in this area."
Urry also pointed out there was no date or source of information attached to the claim Ogden traveled in Pleasant View.
"Peter Skeen Ogden was here in the early 1820s," said Urry, "He had British-Canadian parents, Loyalists that fled from America to Canada."
Urry said Ogden trapped down through the Snake Valley and Cache Valley.
"They were trying to make beaver extinct in any area, the land here was up for grabs," said Urry.
Sierra Larsen and London Price, both students, explained to the council that there is no evidence to support the claim on the website that Ogden spent time in Pleasant View. They said John Weber and Jim Bridger, as well as other trappers, did spend time in the area which is now Pleasant View.
The students completed their presentation with a request the information on the city website be changed, and presented the council with 70 letters from students requesting the change.
Councilman Toby Mileski challenged the students to write the statement to change the information on the website, and Urry thought this was an excellent idea.
The students were ecstatic that the council took seriously their information and request for a change in reporting the history of the area.