By Jana Anderson
LYMAN — Each year the Bridger Valley Pioneer Days celebration honors the pioneers of 1847 who entered the new territory that would soon become known as Salt Lake.
In conjunction to celebrating these Mormon pioneers, the Valley also takes the time to remember the pioneers of Bridger Valley, according to Jay Anderson of the Pioneer Days committee.
“On Saturday, July 26, we will remember these brave, hard working men and women who settled not only the Great Salt Lake Valley but our own beautiful Bridger Valley by having our annual parade,” Anderson said.
Ivan and Jean Bluemel, longtime residents of the Valley, will serve as the grand marshals for this year’s parade.
“They are both very supportive in helping to make Lyman and the Valley a wonderful place to live,” Anderson said. “We are honored to have them as our 2014 Grand Marshalls this year during our Pioneer Celebration.”
Ivan J Bluemel was born April 15, 1927, in Lyman. He was the oldest child born to John Bluemel and Marguerite Ellsworth Bluemel. Ivan’s grandfather, Henry Bluemel, along with his brother William were the first homesteaders on the Lyman Bench, when the land was opened up for home steading in 1891. Ivan’s mother died when he was 10, his sister Merlin was 7, his brother Vernon was 5 and his youngest brother Jay was nnine months old. The children were subsequently raised separately by different aunts and uncles.
When Ivan was 14, he tried to make a living by working on the railroad during the summer and also on the oil wells. He was very athletic and played sports in high school. He was valedictorian of his Lyman high school class.
He married his high school sweetheart, Jean Twitchell, June 26, 1946, in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they worked very hard to try and make a living. Ivan only earned $125 a month working for Proffit’s store. Later he worked two or three jobs at a time starting at 5 a.m. and, a lot of times, didn’t return home until 11 p.m.
Ivan and Jean have been married for 68 years. They have a large posterity consisting of 4 children, 18 grandchildren and 64 great grandchildren
Ivan and Jean said they have always been interested in trying to promote the town of Lyman. They built the store, Ivan’s Foodliner, which they ran for 23 years. Ivan often stayed late after the store was closed to cut meat for customers.
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