WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
ARTHUR K. & ORILLA W. HAFEN HOME
St. George, Utah
LOCATION148 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
Telephone 198 in the 1941 telephone book (Arthur K Hafen)
Telephone ORchard 3-3893 in the 1958 telephone book (Arthur K Hafen)
Telephone ORchard 3-3893 in the 1961 telephone book (Arthur K Hafen)
Telephone 673-3893 in the 1972 telephone book (Arthur K Hafen)
Telephone (435)674-0165 in the 2011 telephone book (InfoWest)
Plat A, Block 14, Lot 5 on the old pioneer map of St. George.
37° 6' 28.22" North Latitude, 113° 34' 48.72" West Longitude
2,738 feet MSL
HISTORYArthur K. & Orilla W. Hafen bought the home from Mahonri Moriancumer Snow Jr. & Mary A. Snow in the fall of 1915. The large home wasn't completed, but a few rooms were livable. The Hafens added to and completed the home as they were able. The pantry was enlarged to make a kitchen. The upstairs rooms were plastered and a floor put down. The front room on the northwest was not completed and there was no porch in front. The Hafens added a screen porch upstairs and finished the store room north of it. They also dug a basement under the kitchen. Then later, a porch was added on the back.
The Hafens made the upstairs rooms accessible by building a stairway outside on the south side of the house. They then rented the upstairs rooms a few winters to students.
In 1939, they built a room on the back and extended the basement. That room was built to be rented to their Aunt Mary Bunker. She lived there for several years. Later a Sister Burgess rented it. When their Grandpa Woods needed a home, he came to live with them and occupied that room from late summer 1951 until his death the following January.
The Hafens built a small cottage just south of the home in 1942 as they had considerable space previously used for a woodpile, wash house, corrals, and stack yard. They had renters there for many years. Both son Ferrel and daughter Erma lived there a few years while their children were small.
There was a chicken coop, a pig pen, and a corral where several cows were kept. They had flies along with the rest that that goes with animals near the house.
For a long time there was an outdoor toilet. When they remodeled the house, putting a bath and indoor toilet inside, their Uncle Dolph, when visiting one day, said, "That's a terrible thing to do, have a toilet inside the house". A lady acquaintance from Santa Clara said to Orilla, "A privy right in the house! But maybe that would be better than to have to go outside in the cold and put your hind end in the snow". They had a cesspool built to care for the needs until a sewer line was installed in the street.
There is a section on this home in the Lyman Hafen book, " Where Two Streams Meet: The Personal History of a Town".
M. M. Snow Jr. & Mary A. Snow
Arthur K. & Orilla W. Hafen
BIOGRAPHYArthur K. & Orilla W. Hafen click here
Other WCHS photos:
WCHS-01437 Photo of the old Arthur K. Hafen home (occupied by Alpha Engineering in 2006)