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An Orem cabin, built circa 1885-86, being transported to a temporary location on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. It will find its new home at the new Heritage Park.
Amidst the freezing temperatures and light flurries of snow, a small 135 year-old cabin in north Orem was lifted from its foundation and moved to a temporary home Tuesday.
According to Orem leaders, the cabin will be covered and protected in a city facility for the next two years as the city prepares the new Heritage Park at the southwest corner of 400 West and 400 South.
“There has been a lot of interest in the future of this cabin,” said Steven Downs, deputy city manager. “We don’t have all of the details yet, but we are in conversations with professionals about the process of restoring the cabin. We hope to have it reflect accurately what the cabin may have looked like in the 1880s.”
While small by today’s standards, it was built with love and filled with hopes for the future by Carl Isaac Hanson.
Carl Hanson was born Nov. 30, 1858, in Sweden. He came to Utah to “be with the saints” in 1883. On May 2, 1886, he married Mary Swenson Hanson in the Logan LDS Temple.
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An Orem cabin being lifted onto flatbed truck by Valgardson and Sons on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021.
According to Stan Hanson, a great-grandson, the family history indicates that Carl and Mary’s was an arranged marriage.
Carl died in 1922 at the age of 63. He had been suffering from an illness for about six months prior to his death.
According to Carl’s obituary, he was a blacksmith by trade and served on the city council. His twin brother Neils Hanson lived in the area as well. Stan said his great-grandfather set up a blacksmith shop next to the cabin.
Carl and Mary had six children — three sons and three daughters. According to Mary’s obituary, she was born Jan. 10, 1871, in Stockholm and …….