CLARKSTON — An old LDS Church tithing granary could soon disappear from a small Cache County town if supporters can't find it a new home.
"We felt like it was important to preserve a part of the history," Elaine Godfrey Goodey, captain of the local Daughters of Utah Pioneers camp, said. "This is part of the early settlement of Cache Valley. It represents all of the people in our community."
The building is at least 110 years old, however Goodey says there is speculation that it could be more than 140 years old. The land where it has always rested is now up for sale, threatening its future.
The DUP recently petitioned the Town Council to place the granary in the middle of the town square, gathering hundreds of signatures.
"We visited every home, and figured we got around 98 percent in favor," DUP treasurer Deanna Godfrey said. "There were a few dissenters, but not many."
We felt like it was important to preserve a part of the history. This is part of the early settlement of Cache Valley. It represents all of the people in our community.
–Elaine Godfrey Goodey
But the Town Council denied the request in a meeting Wednesday. Mayor Kendon Godfrey told KSL there's very little town-owned land left, and they could need it for future growth.
Members of the DUP say they will now ask The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for some of the church-owned land on the outer corners of the town square.
"I personally feel that it's a resource, a piece of history," Goodey said. "There's not many left."
The group is also seeking donations to pay for the move and has set up a GoFundMe* page.
"I feel it's very important for our generation growing up to have an appreciation for our pioneer ancestors," Deanna Godfrey said.
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