-Guest entry -
The Doorman and the Elevator Operator – Hotel Utah 1936
The year was 1934 and the Great Depression was in full swing. Two young people, brother and sister, left their hometown in Gunnison, Utah to come to the big city of Salt Lake City to attend L.D.S. Business College. Their names were Ernest Uhlan ( known as Rudy), and Carol Swalberg.
Rudy was a dapper young man with big plans and Carol was a lovely young woman with high hopes. As a child she had developed polio, which left her crippled, and she was given a scholarship from the State Vocation Rehabilitation Department to receive schooling. Carol completed her schooling and went to work and in 1936, to his great joy, Rudy was able to find employment as a doorman at the famous Hotel Utah.
At the same time, a beautiful young woman by the name of Margaret Janet Stahr, a native of Salt Lake City, also came to work at the Hotel Utah. Her father had passed away in 1935 and she quit her studies at East High School to help her mother support their large family. To her great joy, she was hired as an elevator operator at the prestigious Hotel Utah. It took a while to learn how to control the lever that brought the elevator to a stop on the desired floor, but she soon learned to do the job with perfection.
The rest is “family” history, as it wasn’t long before Rudy noticed the beautiful new elevator operator and a wonderful romance began. Rudy made sure he took many an elevator trip on a certain elevator manned by the beautiful Margaret Stahr,
Rudy worked at the Hotel Utah until 1939 and Margaret worked there until October 4, 1940 when the happy couple was married in the Lion House in Salt Lake City. Thus began their life together and the beginning of our family.
Hotel Utah has always been a very special place for our family. Without this beautiful hotel, we wouldn’t have had the happy couple as our parents. I was born July 9, 1942 and my sister was born October 28, 1943.
Through the years we have enjoyed going there and enjoying the Christmas spirit and decorations there. When my wife and I were courting, we went to a dance in the Grand Ballroom and have attended family events and wedding breakfasts in this beautiful building.
Thank you for the opportunity to share our story.
Sincerely……………….Ernest David Swalberg
The Hotel Utah was the name and function of the current Joseph Smith Memorial Building.