COLUMN – A Step Back in Time... “A Discreet Reminder”

By Lyle Holmgren – October 27, 2020


The Holmgren family of Tremonton goes back four generations of pioneers and developers in the Bear River Valley that helped bring growth and prosperity to the community.

Lyle Holmgren of Tremonton started posting historical community photos and information on social media and has granted The Valley Headliner – BRVNEWS.com permission to publish his work.

“A Discreet Reminder”

The death and loss of a child is frequently called the ultimate tragedy. It’s a human condition that affects way too many of us. It is timeless and it hurts.

In 1929, heartbreak came to the family of David and Hilda Holmgren, my grandparents. Their youngest son, Daryl, who was only six years old, succumbed to polio, a serious disease of paralysis that affected many families in the 20th century.

When he died, the family had already begun construction of a building on the corner of 1st West and Main Street in Tremonton. The idea was to create more retail and office space downstairs and apartments upstairs for a growing community. It seemed only natural to name it after him, as a remembrance.

Across the front of the building is written, “19 DARYL BUILDING 30”

So, there it stands, a discreet reminder of the sorrow felt long ago by parents who lost their son to polio.

Photo courtesy of Lyle Holmgren
Photo courtesy of Lyle Holmgren

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