Real Ogden

Your Town, Your Stories: Joan Romney

April 3, 2017

'It’s getting bigger, but it still feels like community'

Joan Romney stands in the East Bench neighborhood in Ogden where she has lived for almost 3 decades. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)
Joan Romney stands in Ogden's East Bench neighborhood, where she has lived for almost three decades. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)

By ANGIE ERICKSON, Standard-Examiner Staff

Joan Romney, 79, has a lot of memories from growing up in Ogden.

“You could ride the bus, go to the movie and get a treat for just a quarter,” she said. “If we didn’t have a nickel for the bus ride, we’d just walk.” 

The Standard-Examiner recently asked people around the area to share their thoughts on Ogden through a survey. Romney responded and elaborated on what she thinks is the best thing about the city.

“It’s somewhat small, and people pull together when needed,” she wrote.

Romney was raised on 31st Street and Grant Avenue, where Century Lighting Center is now located. She moved away when she was 18 years old and returned to Ogden 33 years later. 

“I love Ogden,” she said. “It’s getting bigger, but it still feels like community.”

She remembers the “good old days,” when she’d be outside for hours and hours playing games like Run Sheep Run, Kick the Can and Mother May I. 

“Our entertainment was more outside,” she said. “The kids today just don’t do that.”

Her father worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and her family didn’t have a car until she was 11 years old. 

She has fond memories of her childhood in Junction City, like hiking Waterfall Canyon Trail with her brother and hanging out at Lorin Farr Park.

“There was a carousel at Lorin Farr Park,” she said. “And there used to be a double swing with a canopy over it.”

Soon, she’ll be moving closer to her children in Salt Lake City and taking nearly a lifetime of memories from the town she loves with her.

“I think Ogden is beautiful, and I’m going to miss everything about it,” she said.