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County revamps historical awards

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Grocery stores were once a hallmark of small-town Summit County.

William F. Cromar purchased a store in Henefer and business boomed in 1903, according to the book "A History of Summit County."

The building became the Richins Grocery when it was sold to Parley Richins in 1932. The building has also been a carpet store and office for packaging pictures, the history book states.

Current owner Randy Ovard turned the building into apartments and Ovard was one of dozens of landowners the Summit County Commission recognized Wednesday for working to preserve historical structures.

The preservation awards hadn’t been presented for many years, Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott told the crowd.

"Anyone who fixes these places up knows it’s a labor of love," emcee Tom Clyde said as he announced recipients of the 2008 preservation awards.

Meanwhile, the grocery store Jim Blonquist owns in Coalville recently turned 100 years old. Commissioners recognized efforts by the Blonquists to preserve the Summit Furniture and Mercantile.

"We celebrated 100 years of the business and the building," Blonquist said about a street party this summer in Coalville.

"I love the Summit Merc," Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott replied.

Other recipients of the awards included: Clair Murdock, Lorin Fawcett, Cade and Lindsay Brenchley, Reed Warner, Darlene and Jack Clegg, Edwin Grose, Grant and Keri Lynn Evans, Kip and Geri Bigelow, Marjorie Hardman, May and Lavern Lewis, Vincent Buonandonna, Jon Hoyt, Joseph and Mary Lewis, Arna L. Harding Trust, Robert and Bonnie Howe, Kent Frazier, Steven Wheeler, Robert Zieve, Gerald and Doris Louder, Craig R. Hansen, True Feild, David and Charlotte Morrison, Gregory White and Bruce Simpson


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