LOGAN, Utah — Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve reminded Cache Valley residents of their pioneer heritage during Cache County's sesquicentennial celebration Friday, June 1.
Speaking outside the 124-year-old red brick Cache County Courthouse which was restored in 2005, Elder Ballard said, "We must never lose sight of the legacy that is ours. We must hold in deep admiration our forefathers who came into this valley."
He talked about his great-grandfather, Henry Ballard, who was one of the first settlers in the valley, arriving in 1859, and served as bishop for 39 years.
The county in northern Utah was organized in 1857, following the arrival in 1856 of Peter Maughan who established the first permanent settlement at Maughan's Fort, now Wellsville.
"May we be ever grateful for the heritage that is ours," Elder Ballard said.
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. also spoke during the celebration, which included music and performances, displays of quilts and art, and recognition of the county's oldest residents. One of them, 102-year-old Theon Nelson, attended the event.