There were challenges when the town was settled back in 1865 and in Jay D. Schvaneveldt’s new 718-page “History of Weston, Idaho” readers will learn that there have been challenges throughout the community’s history. Schvaneveldt’s history of the town, where he now lives and where he spent his early years, was written especially for the town’s 150th anniversary coming up in 2015.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Schvaneveldt talked about Weston’s assets.”For the people, as a whole, I would say it’s lifestyle,” he explained. “It’s a very rural area with animals, ATVs, fairly inexpensive housing, good climate. It sits on the bench, it’s just a little bit above the inversion for Cache Valley.”Drifting snow, crossing and getting across the Bear River and Mormon crickets were just a few of the challenges facing settlers of Weston in 1865. Schvaneveldt says his book answers such questions as how Weston residents felt about an 1872 land survey that placed the new community in the Idaho Territory rather than the Utah Territory. It also talks about the famed Weston Opera House.”Weston was a little mecca for opera, Shakespeare, musicals, all kinds of things going on in the community,” he continued. “Then that started to die off with the advent of TV and good automobiles. Unfortunately, the town tore the opera house down in 1964.”Schvaneveldt says there was little opposition at the time but, had he been living there instead of in Florida, he would certainly have made a fuss.In the book, readers will learn about the struggles of the town including roads, snow, insects, building and losing 10 schools and five church houses and going from a self-contained town to strictly a bedroom community in Southern Idaho and Northern Utah.Schvanevelt will review his book on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at a meeting of the Cache Valley Historical Society to start at 7 p.m. in the Logan Library. For more information on the book and where it is available, call the author at (208) 339-0889 or (435) 797-1521.
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