Academy Memories

by Heber Grant Jacobs '23

In 1919 Weber Academy had two years of college and started its last years of high school. Because it was a church school, students came from not only our county but several others, even out of the state. I always liked this because no matter where I traveled later, I found friends. Of course, with the high school students there, it gave the college students more to look down on and harass. But we didn t care because we had our own athletics, drama, dances and music organizations, yearbook and school paper. President Tracy noticed me, and one day invited me to take a ride out to his little town and see the house he was raised in. He told me many stories of his boyhood and of the hard (and good) days he enjoyed. After that, Aaron W. Tracy became one of my ideals. Most of our teachers were friends like that. I believe most of the college students majored in education because there were Weberite teachers and principals not only in our county but in most of the surrounding counties as well.

What did the old Weber contribute to the nation's business, education, and politics? These are just a few that I knew personally: Ernest Wilkinson, a well-known national lawyer and eventually President of BYU; J. Willard Marriott of Marriott Enterprises; David Kennedy, a leading banker, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, NATO Ambassador, and later the Ambassador to the world for the L.D.S. Church; then last but not least, for the last graduating class, Donnell and Elizabeth Shaw Stewart, who carried the torch of Weber spirit at all times and dedicated their means and time and talents for the benefit of Weber and its students for many years to come.