The Life of a Cottage
By Elizabeth Smith
1787 N Main Street, Farmington, Utah
Alley digs in his new twenty-acre property. One day there will be a fine farm in the field and a shed for his carpentry work. The oak tree near the road will be a place where weary
Elaine stares at the flames. Her parents and siblings are nearby and in panic, but Elaine is only four. What is there for a young girl to think or do when her home is on fire? A kind
It is the Great Depression, and William Potter’s son John is young and in love. John and his sweetheart, Maisey, need a place to start their journey together. Shortly after their marriage, William gives his son the property which the family has established as a cattle ranch. On the day John and Maisey move into the cottage, a cow greets them—from the bedroom closet. As John coaxes her out of the house, the cow knocks out the closet wall.
A young, dark-haired woman parks her car near the house she has recently purchased. The adobe home that once housed pioneers, a family desperately in need, and a rancher who raised Hereford cattle is now coated in white stucco. Hannah unlocks the front door and enters. Thanks to John and Maisey Potter, the house now has running water, electricity, and an indoor bathroom. But the place has been vacant since the Potters sold it over twenty years ago. The rooms are bare, and the windows are boarded up. Hannah has a lot to do to realize her dream, a dream which began when she shaped icing into flowers for the first time as a teenager, a dream she prepared for when she earned her bachelor’s degree in baking and pastry arts from Johnson and Wales University, a dream she held onto when she interned at Grand America Hotel and the San Francisco Baking Company. In this cottage so full of history, Hannah will run her very own state-of-the-art bakery: the Buttered Bakeshop.
This article was previously published in the Farmington, Utah, city newsletter.