Some people remember Cedar Valley because they pass through it while traveling west about 10 miles from Lehi.
Lucille Peterson remembers Cedar Valley for its spring-board dance floor, one of only two or three in Utah in the early 1900s.Peterson, who is now 86 and moved to Cedar Fort when she was married in 1931, said she danced on the floor in the town gymnasium many times before it was torn down to make way for a new church.
Margery J. Peterson, Lucille Peterson's daughter-in-law, remembers Cedar Fort and Cedar Valley, too, but more through the memories of others.
Margery Peterson has written a book on the history of Cedar Valley called, "Our Roots Run Deep."
"My husband was born in Cedar Fort," she said. "The research has made me more keenly aware of my husband's background and his people."
"I'm not out to make money," Peterson said. This book is a genealogy and history book, just for people who are interested in the area.
Peterson said she has had orders from Canada, Colorado and California, from people who can somehow trace their roots to this small town.
She hadn't really planned to write a book, Peterson said. She went and visited some of her husband's relatives and some older people in the Cedar Fort area and she just kept taking notes.
Some good things have come from her research, she said.
A road had been made over the town's cemetery and Peterson found some old records that showed the original boundaries. She said she was able to get the cemetery back onto the county's historical maps.
Also, she is helping erect a monument with the names of the people who were buried in the cemetery.
Peterson said that as she researched, she was able to find some documents that she is sure many people in the town haven't ever seen.
In a trunk in Lehi, she found a poem by Sarah S. Berry that was a letter to her husband who was on a mission for the LDS Church. The poem, called "Watering Turn Blues," or "Ode to Repentance" eloquently describes how the pioneer woman had to go out and irrigate in her husband's absence.
Some of the book is just fun, said Peterson, who has also included a section of poems about Cedar Valley, written in the late 1800s by schoolchildren.
In addition to a chronological history, there is a section of biographical sketches and a collection of other maps, documents and thoughts.
The book is approximately 600 pages long and will cost $42.95. It is available only by calling Margery Peterson in American Fork at 756-3386.
Those desiring a copy should contact Peterson as soon as possible as she must have an order before the book goes to press. Copies should be available by the first part of November, she said.