OGDEN -- Community elders: Weber State University's Stewart Library wants to hear all the vintage Ogden stories that your grandchildren don't.
The library is seeking oral histories from area residents who have memories of downtown Ogden and businesses that came and went in decades gone by.
Businesses on 25th Street are of special interest for a project called "Business at the Crossroads."
"We are particularly interested in the Red Cross canteen at Union Station, during World War II," said Sarah Langsdon, associate curator of Special Collections at the library. "We are hoping people know of mothers and grandmothers who may have memories."
The Stewart Library project hosted one event in early spring, and members of the public brought in about 150 historic photos for scanning and/or donation.
Langsdon said a second photo-sharing event is planned for August.
For now, the call to the public is for stories to go along with the downtown pictures.
"This project is a rather broad one, which makes it difficult to contact specific people about being interviewed," Langsdon said. "That's why we're putting the call out there. We need your stories."
She said the spring event brought in lots of information, including photos of and stories about Bee Hive Candy, once located where Lucky Slice Pizza stands today at 200 Historic 25th St.
Langsdon said she was previously unaware of the 1920s candy store, and the owner's descendants provided interesting information.
Langsdon is hoping more people will come forward with stories of working, living or shopping in historic downtown.
The WWII canteen is of special interest because the Red Cross has given the Stewart Library access to some "minute books" kept by the women who volunteered. The books contain notes on the women who worked each day, along with the signatures of servicemen who agreed to sign the books.
The canteen was staffed 15 hours a day, seven days a week. Volunteers provided cookies, sandwiches and hot coffee to more than 1.6 million soldiers, said WSU history student Lorrie Rands, who will conduct oral history interviews with three classmates.
"It's amazing what these women were able to accomplish and the time they gave on a completely volunteer basis," Rands said.
"Most of these soldiers just wanted a feel of home, and the volunteers gave that to them. If someone can help us flesh out these stories, I'd love to talk with them."
Langsdon said she would also welcome any historical stories or photos related to Davis or Weber counties. The state of Utah has designated Weber State as the institution charged with documenting the histories of both counties.
The "Business at the Crossroads" research will continue through the summer, culminating in a photographic exhibit that will open at Union Station on April 4, 2014.
People with oral histories to share are invited to contact Special Collections by visiting www.library.weber.edu/asc/speccoll and clicking on the "Business at the Crossroads" link, then filling out the questionnaire, or by calling 801-626-6540.
Volunteers will be contacted for an appointment to speak with interviewers.