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The City Journals

Faces and Places July

May 31, 2017 03:23PM ● By Natalie Mollinet

Booth-Parsons House (Natalie Mollinet/City Journals).

By Natalie Mollinet | [email protected]


Booth-Parsons House: Built in 1912, the Booth-Parsons House sits at 1884 S. 900 East in Sugar House. The house has been well preserved through the years and has been one of the many beautiful historic homes in the Sugar House area. The home was originally designed for Hiram and Lillian Booth. Hiram was a local attorney who built the house for entertaining guests near his semi-retirement years. The home is a sandstone bungalow and was designed by Ramon J. Ashton. Booth was elected to serve in the Utah State senate and was appointed United States Attorney by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and served there until 1914 when he resigned. Booth sold the house in 1922 and moved with his family to California. Edwin and Eliza Parsons bought the house and remained longtime residents in the neighborhood. Edwin acquired his own storefront on Downington Avenue and 900 East. Their daughter, Shirley Parsons Novak, said that her parents loved the home and devoted their life to caring for the home. Edwin died in 1965 and his wife in 1966. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

George M. Cannon House: Just along I-80 just off of the 700 East exit sits the George M. Cannon house. The property where the home stands on now used to be the property of Brigham Young, the same property where his large pink farm house used to stand, which is now at This Is the Place Heritage Park. Very few buildings were built in the area prior to 1890, but one notable building built was the George M. Cannon house, located at 720 E. Ashton Ave. The house was completed in 1890 and was designed by John A. Headlund. George M. Cannon, a prominent member of the Intermountain West family, had the house designed for him, his wife and their 10 children. Cannon bought Forest Farm from Brigham Young’s estate and created the Forest Dale subdivision. He wanted to have an area independent of Salt Lake City and created the town of Forest Dale with its boundaries reaching from 2100 South to 2700 South and 500 East to 1100 East. Cannon served as a delegate to the 1895 Utah State Constitutional Convention and later was elected to the Utah State Senate where he served as the first president. Even with his success in the political world, the town of Forest Dale only lasted for about 10 years because homes were not being built in the area, rather in neighborhoods around it. Cannon’s home was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and is the only property listed separately in the Forest Dale Historic District.

Faces: If you could be a cartoon character for a week, who would you be and why?

Erin Ballentyne: Scooby-Doo. I could finally know what it’s like to be a spoiled dog who gets all the food he wants.

Ali McIntosh: Marvin the Martian, because although he is evil, he is quiet and clever, just like me. Although, I’m not evil.

Megan Croft: Oh, so many for so many different reasons. Elastigirl, so I could catch my 3-year-old without having to run after him, clean the hard-to-reach places easily and be my own parachute. Ariel, to fulfill my childhood dreams of being a mermaid and having a perfect singing voice, or Sabine Wren, because she’s brave, tough, acrobatic and she gets to blow stuff up for the greater good.