Bee­hive Homes Com­mu­nity Spot­light: LaMaida John­sonEvery


com­mu­nity has peo­ple in it that the car be­longed make it great - salt-of-the-earth kind of to my friend’s peo­ple. Join us at Bee­hive Homes each brother, and she month as we high­light one of our long­time took it with­out mem­bers in the com­mu­nity. per­mis­sion, and

LaMaida Jean John­son was born in she didn’t even May of 1937 at her home in Los Angeles, have a driver’s Calif., to Lor­ing and Lola Larsen. She was li­cense,” John- named af­ter a street her fa­ther Lor­ing was son said. A group work­ing on while paint­ing homes. She of boys stopped had two sis­ters and two broth­ers. Dur­ing to help the girls; a time of U.S. tur­moil in prepa­ra­tion of among them was World War II, LA was bustling with in- Jonny Robert dus­try. Dur­ing World War II (1941-1945), John­son of San­taquin. “I don’t re­mem­ber Los Angeles grew as a cen­ter for pro­duc- who else was there with the boys, I only tion of air­craft, war sup­plies and ammu- re­mem­ber Jonny. He re­ally made an im- ni­tions. Thou­sands of peo­ple, both blacks pres­sion on me,” she said. and whites from the South and the Mid- When John­son was go­ing into 11th west, mi­grated to the West to fill fac­tory grade, she and Jonny started dat­ing and jobs. were soon mar­ried. She quit school and

“I re­mem­ber every once in a while we fo­cused on her fam­ily. They later would would have what they called blackouts. move to a home across the street from the Some­one would come down the street high school that still stands to­day. They call­ing out ‘black­out’. Ev­ery­one would had three chil­dren: Joyce Lo­rane, Robert turn out their lights and pull their shades Leon and Cara Jean. John­son was a young down. Fred (my brother) and I had tags mother and did the best she could rais­ing to wear around our necks with our names her young chil­dren. She was as busy as and ad­dress stamped in them. This was in you would ex­pect a young mother to be, case the West Coast was in­vaded,” John- and her com­plete at­ten­tion was given to son said. When John­son turned 5, her fa- her chil­dren. Robert soon started paint­ing ther and mother moved to Utah so they with her fa­ther and would later work for could be closer to Lola’s ail­ing mother Geneva Steel, from which he re­tired many who lived in Aurora, Utah. They set­tled years later. in Span­ish Fork and lived in a home on To­day John­son lives in Bee­hive Homes 400 North. Lor­ing was a house painter of Salem. She is en­joy­ing the quiet life and and quickly found work paint­ing homes in rem­i­nisc­ing about the old days - laugh­ing the sub­di­vi­sion they lived in. It was be­ing about good times and cry­ing about the built out very quickly and homes were fill- hard times. “I re­ally do like this place. I ing up with mi­grant work­ers who came to love my room, it is so nice. I never want the area to work for Geneva Steel. In fact, to leave this place, it re­ally is nice.” John- the sub­di­vi­sion they moved into was one son has 16 grand­chil­dren, 18 great-grand- of the first sub­di­vi­sion in Span­ish Fork chil­dren, and one great-great-grand­child. and was dubbed “Lit­tle Chicago.” Thank you, LaMaida John­son, for be­ing

John­son at­tended Rees El­e­men­tary kind, lov­ing and gen­er­ous and mak­ing our School and made friends quickly. She later com­mu­nity great. We rec­og­nize you for would at­tend Span­ish Fork High School. the great fam­ily you have raised and serv- It wasn’t long be­fore she met her fu­ture ing our com­mu­nity in every way you can hus­band. She and her best friend LuAnn to make life en­joy­able for those around went for a drive with some other girls. you. To con­tact LaMaida John­son, you Right near Main Street, the car stopped. may visit or write to Bee­hive Homes, care “We weren’t sure what was wrong and of LaMaida John­son, 1015 S. 550 West, soon re­al­ized the car was out of gas, and Salem, UT 85653.

A new ex­hibit fea­tur­ing oil paint­ings is now on dis­play at the Pe­teet­neet Mu­seum.

Con­struc­tion is be­ing com­pleted on the ex­pan­sion of Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Academy’s el­e­men­tary school. ALA is a char­ter school in Span­ish Fork serv­ing stu­dents from kinder­garten to 12th grade.

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