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This old copper bathtub belonged to pioneer and namesake of Layton, Christopher Layton.  It dates back to about 1875 and was used for many years.  It is on display at the Layton Heritage Museum.


Ernest Layton home at 341 Church Street

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 341 Church Street, Layton, Utah circa 1992


A BIT OF HISTORY:  Ernest Layton Home located at 341 Church Street

“The home was built about 1911 by Ernest Layton, a local businessman and descendant of Christopher Layton.  Ernest, called “Ern” by his friends owned a farm implement and hardware store on Main Street in Layton.  He also had a car dealership where he sold Chalmer’s cars.  Ernest was born August 25, 1869.  He married Andra Elizabeth Flint in 1899.  They had three children, Itha Flint Layton, married to Clair Whitesides, Leda Flint Layton, married to LeGrande Hess, and Golden Flint Layton.  It was Ernest’s second wife Laura Lucy Sandall who lived with him in the home on Church Street.  She was famous for her delicious apple pies.  At that time the home included 8 1/2 acres of land.  Rudy Van Orden purchased the home from Laura Sandall Layton.  Brian and Carol McKinlay owned the home and remodeled the kitchen.  They sold it to Dorcas Stevens – Lakeside Review 9-15-1992″





Cotton Candy Memories

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                    Liberty Park 1956      

Nostalgic memory of a summer day in 1956 spent in Liberty Park, Salt Lake City.  Mom bought us Cotton Candy.  My brother Brent and I were fighting over who was getting more than the other.  We tried to give a taste to my baby brother Alan.  He would have none of it, and kept pushing it away with hand gestures and funny faces.

 “I don’t want any part of what you are trying to give me”

 Be sure to take special note of my fabulous dress.  It was my very favorite in the whole wide world.  I would have slept in it, but mom wouldn’t let me. The “squaw dress”, as they were called were all the rage in the 1950’s.  Thanks to the kindness of my Grandma and Aunt, I too owned one of the coveted frocks. They also bought the cute doggy purse that adorned my outfit.  It was a wonderful accessory and status symbol for any 6 year old.  Yes a stroll at the park devouring spun sugar on a hot summer day, it doesn’t get any better than that!!


My Queen Elizabeth Tin

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For reasons unknown, I was always fascinated with this souvenir tin that sat in our hall cupboard for many years.  Grandma Murdock and Aunt Mary Stroud brought it back from their trip to Canada (along with my adorable doggy purse).  It was filled with fancy butterscotch.

Souvenir of the Coronation

In later years mom rolled pennies and nickels, tucking them away in the tin.  On occasion I opened the cupboard door just to admire it’s beauty.  Mom would yell “Kristine what are you looking for?  Get out of that cupboard and close the door.”   She had no comprehension of it’s mesmerizing powers.  That little box held adventure and mystery for a little kid.  All these years later, I now display it on a shelf in my living room.  The Queen no longer has to be locked behind closed doors.  I can look at her anytime.  Yes she still brings me wonder and joy.



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