Margery J. Peterson, sitting on a chair with a book

Margery J. Peterson, longtime Cedar Fort farm owner, has spent thousands of hours compiling the history of the area – especially the area that now includes Eagle Mountain.

These endeavors include an extensive overview of everything from the area’s beginnings under the waters of Lake Bonneville, wherein the indigenous people who inhabited this area told legends of their forefathers who would cross the valley in boats and mine silver and gold, to the present-day formation of Eagle Mountain.

Tireless in this endeavor, Peterson’s labor of love was published as a sizeable volume, “Our Roots Grow Deep – A History of Cedar Valley.”

The work contains information about the early cities of the Cedar Valley.

Much of the work includes experiences with the indigenous peoples that lived here, town maps, schools, exploring for water, economic development, wars, military involvement, cemetery records, the Pony Express Route, electricity, communications, recreation, local stories and biographical sketches.

Peterson, who passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, graduated from Dixie High School and Dixie College.

She then attended Utah State University where she obtained a degree in elementary education. Following her marriage to Paul Peterson in 1960, she studied at the graduate level at the Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit, Michigan and California Polytechnic College in San Luis Obispo, California.

Her husband Paul, now deceased and also a long-time Cedar Valley resident, obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Agriculture Education.

Paul worked as Agriculture Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education in Salt Lake City. Prior to his retirement he was also Director of Ranch and Farm Management at Utah Valley Community College.

Paul and Margery Peterson worked a dry wheat farm in the Cedar Valley with their family after their normal office hours, during summer vacation and on Saturdays.

In the Preface of her book, Margery Peterson said “It [the farm] has been a great blessing to teach our children to work and has also provided relaxation for Paul.”

Margery’s book can be found at our Eagle Mountain Library. It is also available on Amazon.