A CENTURY IN THE VALLEY
FOOTPRINTS OF TABIONA & HANNA, UTAH
The Spring of 1906 George’s folks moved to the North Fork and built a
cabin by the big Spring and lived there until they could get a
homestead. Both George and his father and brother Rudolph took up
homesteads in the Hanna area. My Father, Robert Moroni Michie, had taken
a homestead just above Tabiona and his brother William, located on Farm
Creek, to the West.
They had been out in the fall of 1906 and built cabins for themselves; then in March of 1907 Uncle will moved out to his claim and my father came in April with my sister Preal and I came with him. Later a cabin was built on the east side of the Divide, about 3 miles from the summit. This cabin was very welcome when travelers had to stay overnight. George’s father pitched a tent on the west side of the summit, about 4 miles down, built a bunk lined with pine boughs and set up a sheet iron stove for benefit of travelers. How welcome it was when my sister Preal and I started over the Divide in April 2, 1907. When the snow was soft, the horses would give out, so father left his load and we rode the horses into the Wilcken Camp. There was dry wood to start a fire. Each user of the camp was asked to leave plenty of dry wood for the next one to come. There was a place shoveled out under two large pine trees where the limbs had been cut nigh enough for a man to stand that made a nice stable for the horses. Father went back for the load at daylight while the snow was frozen hard and we made it to the “Johnson Mill cabin” on the east side of the divide for the next night. On Thanksgiving Day, we started our journey over the Wolf Creek divide. We met his father and a neighbor, Mr. Troops, next morning with loaded wagons and started out traveling in mud and snow. . . .
Front: Marion Chiarelli, Dick Wilcken,
Stella Giles, Glenna Curry, Ruby Davis, Joe Curry, Morris Atwood,
By Glenna Johnson
Being a member of a musical organization opened up a whole new world for me as I began to be exposed to more music. Music had always been a love of mine. After just a few lessons given to a group of us by a school teacher named Melba Cope, I continued on and had learned to play the piano reasonably well, mostly self-taught. These were the days before television and few of us had any means of having recorded music in our homes other than what came over the radio. So although I didn’t really enjoy my part in producing our band’s music, I loved hearing the music we were producing. Especially great was hearing other bands playas we participated in festivals, parades and competitions. Most memorable in my band experience was our first competition. Each spring our school district held a festival including all of the bands in the district. We were required to compete as a marching unit as well as a concert band. Part of the marching requirement required us to stand at attention while everyone of us were inspected to make sure all of our instruments and our selves were spotless and well-groomed. The concert part of the competition was presented later in the auditorium where the required two or three concert numbers were presented to a large audience. Performance in both of these areas were considered as part of the final rating. . .Read more in the book.
The THS School today.
The new school was built right next to the old school, and we continued to use the old building until the new one was ready. It was sad to leave the old building that had served our community for so many years, but what a joy it was to go into a beautiful clean new building. All that is left of the old building is our present day shop. Actually just the classroom part, it was a library that was built onto the elementary wing of the old building to appease the community for a while before we got the new building.
The new building went up in 1982 and really gave us the opportunity to flex our wings and fly. This was a time of lots of water projects, and tunnels were being drilled through our mountains. There were many people who moved to the valley during this time. Our school had a student population of 210 K-12. Today we have about 140 students K-12.
Our basketball teams have always been good and brought great excitement to the community. A new gym has helped establish Tabiona as one of the 1A basketball powers in the state, and of course the leadership of Coach Lee Gines. Other coaches since 1969 when Max Excell took the Tigers to State for the first time include Kent Tingey and Tom Kohler. Each coach and team have made special memories, but the two State Championships won in recent years will always be remembered, even as we look to winning another championship this year.
Mr. Lee Gines became the basketball coach at Tabiona
High School in 1981-1982 season. Since that time he has transformed the
basketball program at Tabiona. After arriving twenty four years ago
Coach Gines has won 352 games and lost 195 games. Making him one of the
Winn ingests coaches in the state of Utah. His teams have won four
region championships and two state Championships. He has produced some
of the most exciting basketball in school history. Many of the players
became all starters and some of them went on to play college basketball.
Historical State Tournament Placing
Max Excell 1990 6th Place
Norman Wall 1996 2nd place
Bennette Josie 1997 STATE CHAMPIONS
Richard Lewis 1998 3rd place
Glen Horrocks 1999 STATE CHAMPIONS
Robert Park 2000 4th place
2001 7th place
2003 3rd place
2004 3rd place
2005 2nd place
2006 Time for another State Championship!
Post Note: Our school is using computers extensively in labs and classrooms. We can offer our students college classes here, and other classes from other schools by the use of fiber optics. Just recently our heating/cooling system was converted over to geothermal heat that comes from under the ground.
CURRENT LIST OF BUSINESSES IN THE TABBY/HANNA VALLEY
Chevron, Chris Bristol’s Horse Shoeing, Close to My Heart Scrap Booking & Mary Kay Cosmetics
Crossroads Concrete, Defa’s Dude Ranch, Defa’s Sawmill, Fabrizio’s “Over the Hill” R.V. Park
Fabrizio’s Sawmill, Hanna Bar & Café, Hanna Country Store, Humphreys “Pots & Plants” Nursery
Jones Mechanic Service, Leon & Sons Excavating, Majestic Mounts Taxidermy, Max’s Meat
Mike Hogan Electric, Nails by Kerr, Old Mill Gift Shop, Photography by Sabrina,
Price’s Mountain View Storage, Professional Tax Preparation – B Lefler, Rasmussen & Son Garage,
Ray Jones Construction, Sagebrush Inn, Star View R.V. Park, Superior Spas, Tabby Country Cabins
Tabby Mountain Construction, Warm Springs Retreat, Wendy’s Beauty Salon