Eighty years from an alfalfa field to tree-lined streets and comfortable homes within its rural setting. The early pioneers set the pattern. There has been no phenomenal growth but in both Lund and Preston beautiful new homes have replaced many of the old ones. Other new homes are pushing the boundaries of the town out a little farther in all directions. A number of the old homes have taken on a new look with additions and remodeling.
Some of the homes have changed hands many times. Others still have family members living in them or on the original site. Isabel Smith Chesnut lives in her old family home much as it was originally but well preserved and charming on the outside with lovely yards and plantings and on the inside uniquely decorated with a collection of her art and handicrafts. Interested visitors from many places come to view her rare pieces and exquisite workmanship.
Lorain Hendrix lives in one of the three remaining rock buildings that has been in the Hendrix family since it was purchased from the Burgesses early in the century. Milton Gardner lives on the lot where the first rock home built in Lund still stands. It was purchased from Jacob Gubler by Milton's father David Gardner. Milton and Joan Gardner have built a modern brick home on the lot and rent the old rock house. Janice Gubler Wilfong lives in the home her grandparents moved into next to the high school that they purchased from Orrin Snow.
Arthur Carter is living on the original Carter lot that had first a log cabin, then two adobe rooms and at present a cement house that has been remodeled with a luxurious addition, tastefully decorated and beautifully landscaped. Lafayette and LaRue Carter have a substantial and comfortable home on the corner where the adobe home built originally for the Cripps family stood for many years. It housed a number of occupants including the first store Leslie Rowe had when he came to Lund. Philip and Ludean Carter have a modern brick home on the lot that belonged to Will and Delle R. Ivins.
Fern Sinfield lives in the part adobe home the Sinfields traded with John L. Whipple early in the history of Lund. Mary Sinfield lives in the third Sinfield home on the corner where that part of the irrigation system commonly called the "divider" sends the stream past her house on the east for a time and then on the south always with the pleasant sound of running water.
Della Gardner Scow lives in an attractive home built where the first permanent adobe home of her parents, Alonzo and Alice Gardner stood. Over the years the house where Gardner and Colleen Scow live has had a number of occupants and a number of changes. It started out as an adobe house built and occupied by John Horsley Sr. and some of its occupants were the Ruppe family, the Ray Lee family and the Joe Vance family. Gardner and Colleen Scow have remodeled it into a comfortable and modern home.
Ernest and Kathryn Harrison Gubler built an attractive home on the site of the Earl Ashworth home with a lovely yard featuring, among other things a wealth of climbing roses. Kathryn lives there now. The old log building still stands used as a tool shed. Luella Whipple has a brick home on the lot where first George Terry and then Marion Terry lived in an adobe house that has since been built around. Vanand Peggy Gardner live in the Will and Martha Terry home. Bob and Gayle Bartlett live in the old Eph Oxborrow home.
Lynn and Lois Horsley have made a beautiful modern home by remodeling and adding to the frame building on the lot adjacent to the one that Lois' grandparents, A. R. and Eva Whitehead once owned. It was brought from Taylor for Mary L. Oxborrow originally and Will Hutchings moved it to its present site. Arien and Darlene Wise live on the corner where the George and Belle Gardner home stood. First there was a log house built by the Judds, then the frame house George and Belle had later. When this burned down, Lanse Smith built the present cement house.
On the lot where Dick Gunderson lives, Edward Burgess had a log and a rock house built. Arthur Smith and Lillie Burgess Smith traded this to George Oxborrow for the adobe house across the street that was torn down when the Community Center was built. George Oxborrow had the cement house built that stands today.
The home that Maggie Hendrix lives in was built by Albert Madsen for his son Carl in Preston and later moved to Lund by Bishop Ervin Hendrix. It stands on the lot where the O'Donnell house stood.
Jack and Mary Lou Hendrix live on the corner where John and Hannah Horsley lived. Norris and Joy Hendrix live in the house the grandparents of Norris, Robert L. Reid and Zella Harrison Reid built. East on the same block is a home moved onto the lot by Hugh and Ada Reid and occupied by Wayne and Helen Gardner. Across the street Denton Gubler lives in the old home of his grandparents, Raymond and Aggie Burgess Gubler.
Vance and Sara McKenzie live in the house Vance's father built east of the creek bordered with apple trees. The lovely yard with its large lawns, flowers, trees and shrubs has a special charm in being somewhat secluded. Mary Oxborrow lives in the family home of her husband, James Oxborrow. Although she has remodeled inside the outward appearance of the house is much the same but with a variety of flowers she has made the yard a riot of color from early spring to late fall.
Hazel Reid Duval has recently moved into the home built by her grandparents, Alex and Ann Reid which was also the home of her parents, Gordon and Vera Carter Reid for many years. Edith Ashby Reid lives in the old Mathis home, a cement building that took the place of the frame building that burned. She and her husband, Wesley Reid, added a room and she has since remodeled the interior. In summer her brilliant display of flowers brightens the whole neighborhood.
I, Margaret Reid Oxborrow, was born in the adobe part of the house I live in, the original home of my parents, Robert and May Reid. I have done some extensive remodeling on the frame house which included removing all the adobes within the framework and replacing the old floor that was laid on log sleepers.
The lot north of the church has had a number of occupants. Originally Jacob Gubler drew for it for his brother who became ill and never came to Lund. The George Sinfield family acquired the lot where they lived in a lean-to until they could make a log home.
They traded this home to John Whipple for the adobe house on the upper street where Fern Sinfield now lives. John Whipple built an adobe house on the site and moved a frame building from Taylor and set up a store next to his residence. Later he sold the adobe home to Jack and Ella Oxborrow. The store building was purchased jointly by the Relief Soceity and Mutual Improvement organizations and moved to another lot. When the Jack Oxborrows moved to Ely Harrisons bought the lot, the old adobe house was torn down and the present house was built by Kelly and Lucille Harrison. Merlin and Lucille Terry made a number of additions and now this attractive home with its beautiful landscaping and lovely flowers would grace any setting and draws comments from everyone passing through. Its latest owners are Jay and Anna Gubler Godfrey who is a great granddaughter of Jacob Gubler who originally drew for the lot.
Neil and Emma Gardner live in the part adobe house built by Frank Bryner which Mary L. Oxborrow lived in for so many years. The house has been reinforced and attractively trimmed. The house and grounds retain much of the atmosphere of the "old west" with a wagon wheel fence and other relics of pioneer days. Neil is talented in a number of ways but probably his most noteworthy accomplishment is his collection of antiques and museum pieces reminiscent of early days, especially early days in Nevada. His museum is located in a relatively large area south of his home, occupying several buildings as well as having a number of outdoor exhibits. For variety and authenticity his museum would rival similar exhibits in much larger places and more sophisticated settings. It is an attraction well worth visiting.
The original ranch site where this story began has had a varied history going back to the Indian campsite that was there before the white men came. Its white residents have been many, J. R. Withington, Tom Plane, Bishops Black and Styler, Lauren Barnum, and numerous ranch hands. Its various buildings served as temporary homes for a number of the early settlers mentioned earlier. Thomas Judd lived first in the log ranch house and then in the frame house he built. The Whitehead family lived in this house many years. Will and Eva Hendrix and Garr and Mazie Ashby lived in it at different times. When it burned down, Albert and Margaret Gubler built a brick home in its place. The host of people who have lived on this site have included three Bishops of the ward, Bishop Thomas Judd, Bishop Adolphus R. White head, and Bishop Albert Gubler.
This account of the early homes as they are today has purposely been somewhat detailed to help future researchers trace family homesites. In more recent times more than fifty new homes have been built or are being built in and on the fringes of the town and toward Preston. The Preston area itself has become noted for its beautiful new homes, including the large Glen duplex where Eddie and Arlene Mangum live, the Maynard home, and the luxurious modern home Milton and Nancy Funk Judd have built for themselves. Milton Judd is a talented and skilled carpenter and cabinetmaker and has built or remodeled a number of the houses in Preston and Lund. As in Lund, several of the new homes, probably six to ten, are of the modular type that have been moved in.
Among the old houses in Preston still in use is the Windous home where Barbara Dennis lives. Across the street Van and Nieves Petersen live in the old Chris Jensen home. Joe and Shirley Peacock live in the house built by Hiram and Marilda Whitlock. Ralph and Ruby Bernsen have the home built by Pharo Arnoldsen. Claytons are living in the old Chris Hermansen home and Bruces in the former Ruppe home. Among the people living in new homes on the old sites are Andy and Violet Petersen on the Neils Jensen place that also housed the store and post office, Lewis and Joan Cripps where Carl Madsen's house stood, and Charles and Florence Funk on the site of the old log building that in its time served as church, schoolhouse and dance hall. The old rock home John Horsley built at the crossroads that has housed many occupants over the years has been renovated and restored.
In addition to old and new homes sitting together side by side, the community has a beautiful L.D.S. chapel with well-kept grounds and the old bell enshrined in the foreground, a memento of earlier days, courtesy of the D.U.P. It has two school buildings of somewhat earlier vintage but still being used, probably as effectively as many more lavishly endowed institutions. As of this year (1978) the town has a new building called the Community Center to be used for school and town sports, social, and cultural activities. It has two stores, the Carter store in connection with the post office and the Gardner Market, established by Mart Gardner, now under the management of Sells. Carter's also handles farm machinery which occupies a lot near the center of town. There are two modern milking barns in the area, the Rod McKenzie Lactorium on the east side and a joint operation of several dairymen somewhat to the north and west of the main part of town. A motor court operated by Harold and Harriet Ivins occupies a lot in the south end of town. There is also a telephone office, a garage run by Jesse Hold, and a newly erected highway maintenance station.
A building on the lot where the old flour mill stood was used originally for a power house when the town generated its own electricity. Now it is used to house a somewhat primitive fire engine.
This is Lund and Preston today, a home-centered community, still growing slowly in spite of recent economic setbacks in the county.