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 Vernon Church

Vernon Church

Birth
Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA
Death 8 Mar 1978 (aged 81)
Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial La Verkin, Washington County, Utah, USA
Plot A319
Memorial ID 38932 · View Source
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Maude Judd gives the following report concerning the new LDS Church building:
"A new meeting house, a concrete building; was erected in LaVerkin in 1925-1926, having a seating capacity of six hundred... It was truly a multipurpose building-- serving as a chapel on Sunday, a drama theater or a dance hall on Friday or Saturday nights, and a gymnasium for basketball.

A grievous oversight, as far as future basketball stars were concerned, was that no foul lines were marked on the floor--at least not at first. Implorings by the youth to rectify the problem fell on deaf ears. So one night, young Thell Gubler and a couple of friends, eased themselves into the building. (They probably didn't have to pick a lock as the building was rarely locked.) After careful measurements, they went to work using liquid black shoe polish. They were soon apprehended and were summoned to a meeting of the bishopric where they were duly reprimanded for their misdeeds. What did not happen, however, was any suggestion that the line be removed. The good-natured bishop, Vernon Church, who always upheld law and order, had observed the well-made line and knew a good thing when he saw it.



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