CENTERVILLE—Come learn more about one of the people who made Centerville what it is today.
Whitaker Museum is celebrating the upcoming Vestil Harrison Day with a special “Keeping Their Stories Alive” presentation, set for March 14 at 7 p.m. at Centerville City Hall. The event will feature displays and a presentation on Vestil Harrison, an author and artist who founded the Centerville Historical Society among other programs.
“He was the first Centerville resident honored (with his own day),” said Cece Foxley, Harrison’s daughter. She’ll speak about Harrison’s life along with her siblings, Lani Christensen and Rulon Harrison. “He did so many things for Centerville City.”
Harrison, who was born in 1909 and died in 2001, moved to Centerville in 1920. In addition to his work with the Centerville Historical Society, he also served as a city council member, started the city’s little league program, and coached there for several years. He was also an artist and author of several books, including “Young Latter-day Saints Painting and Drawing Book,” “831 Color Combinations,” “Facial Expressions – A to Z,” and “Pioneer Portraits: Sketches & Short Biographies of 20 Centerville Pioneers.
One of the things he is most well known for among older Centerville residents is his time as editor of the Centerville Newsette. Running from 1943-1946, the newsletter was specifically designed for local servicemen who were overseas fighting in World War II.
“It was sent out to those serving our country, telling them what was happening in Centerville,” said Foxley. “People really appreciated that.”
The city declared March 18 to be Vestil Harrison Day in 1998, also marking him as the first inductee into the Centerville City Hall of Fame. He was also recognized by the Centerville-Farmington Rotary and KSL Radio.
“He was just amazing with all he did for the city,” said Foxley.
Refreshments will also be served at the event. Centerville City Hall is located at 250 N. Main Street in Centerville. Whitaker Museum holds “Keeping Their Stories Alive” presentations on the second Tuesday of every month, normally at the Whitaker Museum. For more information, visit centervilleut.net/museum/events.