Homes Com­mu­nity Spot­light: Carol Bar­rett


Ev­ery com­mu­nity has peo­ple in it that make it great. I’m talk­ing about salt-of- the-earth kind of peo­ple. Join us as each month as we high­light one of our long­time mem­bers in the com­mu­nity.

Carol Bar­rett was born in July of 1931 at a birthing house across the street from her home, which was next door to the old Rees School in Span­ish Fork. Her par­ents were Bill and Mag­gie Crump. They had three chil­dren: Floyd, Carol and Larry. At the time, Span­ish Fork was home to many mi­grant work­ers. Most were work­ing at the newly cre­ated Geneva Steel or build­ing homes in the area. At that time, Carol’s father was the town bar­ber. His shop was on Main Street.

He wasn’t al­ways a bar­ber; he started out work­ing on one of the con­struc­tion crews that were build­ing homes in Span­ish Fork. He and his work­mates went to the Salt Lake area on the week­ends to dance and meet girls. One day Bill stopped at a bar­ber school and in­stantly en­rolled. Bill was a nat­u­ral, and af­ter three weeks the in­struc­tor said, “Bill, get your tools and get out of here, you are a great bar­ber, you can cut and shave as good as any­body — and home some­day.” said Carol. Bill, you have the gift of gab.” Bill quickly Bob and Carol had two chil­dren to­gether opened up a shop in Span­ish Fork that and they raised their four chil­dren be­came the most pop­u­lar place in town for in that home on Main Street. De­bra, Lee, a cut and shave. Brad and Joan grew up with cat­tle, horses

The Crumps grew up humble and made and a small gar­den. Bob was orig­i­nally the best of what they had. Carol’s mom from Og­den. While liv­ing in Span­ish Fork, Mag­gie would work dur­ing the hol­i­day he worked as the auc­tion­eer for the live­stock sea­sons and stay home with the chil­dren auc­tions from Span­ish Fork to Salina. the rest of the time. Carol grew up quick Bob ran ev­ery auc­tion and loved the and mar­ried young; how­ever, she soon out­doors. Bob never talked much about be­came a sin­gle mom. Carol got her own war time; Carol and the kids knew it was a place in Span­ish Fork and was rais­ing her dif­fi­cult sub­ject. Af­ter many years to­gether, two chil­dren on her own. One day she was Bob passed away. The kids had been walk­ing home from her job on Main Street grown and mar­ried for some time and Carol as a cashier when a man pulled up be­side would live alone un­til she moved into her and of­fered her a ride home. He was Bee­hive Homes of Span­ish Fork. tall, dark and very hand­some. He made a “I re­ally en­joy it here. I en­joy be­ing strong first im­pres­sion on Carol and they around and talk­ing to other res­i­dents. The im­me­di­ately be­gan dat­ing. Bob Bar­rett work­ers are so nice and they treat me had served at the very end of WWII as good,” said Carol. Thank you Carol Bar­rett para­trooper and had made sev­eral jumps for be­ing kind, lov­ing and gen­er­ous in Europe. and mak­ing our com­mu­nity great. We rec­og­nize

He in­stantly loved Carol and the chil­dren, you for the great fam­ily you have and they loved him. Af­ter dat­ing raised and serv­ing our com­mu­nity in ev­ery for three months they were mar­ried. They way you can to make life en­joy­able bought a home on Main Street in Span­ish for those around you. Fork. Their home still stands to­day. It is To con­tact Carol Bar­rett, you may visit right next to the bridge on the south end or write to Bee­hive Homes, Care of Carol of town. You know it as the house with Bar­rett, 858 E. 100 South, Span­ish Fork, the big red barn. How­ever, the barn was UT 84660. re­cently taken down for safety con­cerns.

“It’s funny. When I was a lit­tle girl I used to drink from the well on this prop­erty. Me and my friends would walk through the fields skip­ping and play­ing and stop for a drink. I had no idea I would own this

*** Be­tween stim­u­lus and re­sponse there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our re­sponse. In our re­sponse lies our growth and our free­dom. - Vik­tor E. Frankl

Carol Bar­rett

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