CENTERVILLE — Centerville needs residents’ help to write history.
As part of an upcoming coffee-table book celebrating Centerville’s 100th anniversary as an incorporated city, volunteers are seeking the names and years of service of everyone who was a Centerville resident while they served during the Korean War and any later U.S. military conflicts.
“We don’t want to leave anyone out,” said Ann Allred, a member of the committee that is putting the book together. “We pretty much have everyone from WWI and WWII, but not those from Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan or other current conflicts.”
The list will be included in the book as part of a chapter on military service, along with a note that says that some names might have been missed. Still, organizers want to include everyone they can.
“If we just get one more name from this, it will be worth it,” said Allred. “Earl Tingey (a committee member) has been working feverishly to make sure we get everyone.”
Though the city was founded several years earlier, Centerville was officially incorporated as a town on May 17, 1915. To honor that, the city plans on holding several centennial-related events in 2015.
With that deadline approaching, committee members are already hard at work putting the book together. The book, which will be released during the centennial celebration, is the first comprehensive history of the city since the 1970s. The author of that history, Mary Ellen Smoot, is heading the committee in charge of the new book.
The book is expected to be more than 200 pages long, covering everything from Centerville’s prospecting history to retail growth and local canyons.
“We want it to be two-thirds pictures and one-third text,” said Allred. “Each committee member is responsible for a chapter.”
They need help to make the book come to life, however. Though the city council will donate some funds for the book, it won’t be enough to cover the full cost of the planned print run of 3,000.
To help offset this, committee members are seeking donations from residents and local businesses hoping to take part in the book. All donors will be listed in the completed volume, and it will be noted if the donation is made in memory of someone else.
To submit names and service dates or ask about donating to the book, call 801-295-3477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.