Historical Society Features Icelandic Immigrants

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Tuesday’s Emery County Historical Society meeting featured guest speaker Fred E. Woods who presented research on Icelandic immigrants and their impact on Utah.

Woods spoke about a few families that settled in Cleveland. Descendants of the original settlers still call Emery County home.

Some local Icelandic descendants include Svava Anderson (Johnson), Frieda Filmore (Thorderson) and Larue Lofley (Erickson).

Woods’ research was part of a four-year project funded by many Utah historical societies. Woods continues to gather documents and first-person accounts dealing with Icelandic history.

A recording of the meeting will be broadcast on ETV Channel 10.

The Historical Society’s next meeting will be Nov. 10.

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