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
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