The Afton Heritage Committee has selected three individuals to be inducted into the 2014 Afton Heritage Hall of Fame.
The Heritage Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, July 4, at 11 a.m. at the Afton/Lincoln County Civic Center.
Thomas Fielding Burton was born in 1871 in Ogden, and came to Afton with his parents at age 12. He became manager and bookkeeper of the Burton Mercantile Store at age 18, and at age 19 was sustained as a bishop’s counselor in the LDS church. In 1900 he also had the responsibility to manage the first commercial creamery in Star Valley.
He served for 35 years on the Star Valley Stake High Council. In 1908 he and others were asked to organize better educational facilities for the youth. In 1910 the high school became a reality, but without funding. He and L.C. Jensen personally financed the salaries and operating costs for the first year. Thomas, as Superintendent, signed the graduation certificates for the first class in 1915.
He was the first president of the Drama Society, and was instrumental in organizing the Afton Brass Band. He was involved in the purchase of the first stake organ, and became the first Star Valley Stake organist.
Maud Kennington Ranzenberg was born July 19, 1900, the first of Alonzo Richard and Ida Dixon Kennington’s 14 children. Her fond love of education began in Fairview and then Afton where she graduated with a class of 13 in 1919.
Six weeks at the University of Utah qualified her to teach 35 scholars of the third, fourth and fifth grades in Bedford, the beginning of her 25 years of teaching in Bedford, Merna, Fairview and Afton.
She taught library classes, and served as Afton Branch librarian, and her years of study made her a very valuable researcher when in 1951 her fellow teachers wrote Star Valley and its Communities, a favorite source for Star Valley historians.
She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Teacher’s Society, and she and her husband Charles Ranzenberg educated three daughters and a son to be solid citizens of our community.
A news correspondent for the Star Valley Independent, a serious gospel scholar and one who loved to travel, she was constantly educating herself. She learned to ride her bike at the age of 80! She loved to learn and to help others learn of values and convictions which would help them find happiness.
Cannon Silver (C.S.) Wray was born March 27, 1895, in Hyrum, Utah, to James Wray and Louisa Jensen Wray. He was the ninth child in a family of 13.
Cannon married lively, blonde Myrtle Hale on June 1, 1916, in Paris, Idaho. To this union were born five sons: Cannon Hale, Keith H., Mack H., and Noel H., and James Roe, and one daughter Joyce.
C.S. Wray made Afton his permanent residence in 1932 when he was appointed manager of the newly formed Star Valley Creamery Company. He held that post until his retirement in 1960.
He contributed much to economic growth of Afton by building the Wray Theatre and by his ownership of Wray Chevrolet.
He was very active in civic affairs, serving five terms as president of the chamber of commerce, 14 years as Afton town councilman, five years as chairman of the Lincoln County Fair Board, and president of the road commission.