“…. as long as they spell it Ivins, instead of Ivens.”


We’re talking about the city of Ivins in Utah, USA.


Ivins City was settled from 1922 to 1926 by settlers descended from Swiss immigrants. The early settlers were sent to the “Santa Clara Bench”, as the town was then called, to farm using water brought via a canal from the Santa Clara River. Families supported themselves through the raising of agricultural crops and some grazed cattle on the Pine Valley Mountain and Pinto areas.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints subscribed for a considerable amount of land and water stock, when the project of building a canal on the Santa Clara bench was started. Apostle Anthony W. Ivins was the investigating authority sent down from Salt Lake City by the General Authorities, and his report was very favorable to the Church Officials.

After the town was settled and the Chapel built, it was dedicated in November 1926 by President Anthony W. Ivins. At that time he was second counselor to President Heber J. Grant. A meeting was held with President Ivins being the principle speaker.

Leo Reber wrote, “I see him now, forty years later, as he spoke to us and related how he had come down to Santa Clara with his father [in 1861], when [nine] years of age, bringing the original Swiss Company that President Brigham Young had called to come to Dixie… He said he remembered… after everything had been unloaded, and his father was turning the wagons around to leave, he said to his Father, “Father, how are those people going to live?” His Father answered him thus, “I don’t know my son, but the Lord will provide for them.”

It was decided that this town should have a name other than Santa Clara bench. Several names were submitted by the new settlers, however, the name chosen was sent in by Edward H. Snow, President of the St. George Stake. He suggested the new settlement be named after President Anthony W. Ivins who had endeared himself to the people in this part of the country through his missionary work with the Indians. A short time after this, President Ivins met with the people and when they asked him if he objected to the town being named Ivins, he said,

“No, as long as they spell it Ivins, instead of Ivens.”

At that time he contributed one hundred dollars in cash toward a new chapel and promised to send them a bell. This he did, and the bell still hangs in the belfry of the old church.

(From History of the Town of Ivins, by Myrtle L. Gubler, 1914-1966, page 3-4).



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