Cornish in the spring: 'A patchwork
quilt' of greens
By Katie Smedley
May 1, 2006 | CORNISH -- It's a friendly, open community,
says Mayor Dyer Pitcher, about his home town of Cornish.
"As kids we had more fun than half the kids in Logan,
I'll bet. We were always up to something."
Pitcher says many things have changed in rural life
but people still like to raise their families here in
Cornish. They know what their kids are doing and with
whom they are associating, said Pitcher. Pitcher has
been mayor for eight years and has been elected for
another term. When he is done he will have been on the
town board for a total of 20 years.
Helen Buxton, a long-time Cornish resident, remembers,
"When I was a kid there were stores here, a service
station, a pool hall and a barbershop. There had to
be a pool hall because all the little towns had pool
Now the only business left in Cornish besides agriculture
is the post office, she said. Helen Buxton and her husband
Verl have farmed in Cornish almost all of their lives.
"When there's a living, then you stay," she said.
"Our land is paid for and my husband enjoys farming
in fact, in the Seventies, he was voted Farmer of the
Year for the whole United States. Until now we have
had a dairy farm and we grew feed, alfalfa, grain and
Springtime is a favorite season among residents of
Cornish. "The prettiest thing about Cornish is when
the crops are really growing and everything is so green.
Because most farms around here are irrigated, it makes
quite a patchwork quilt if you're up on the hill and
look down," said Buxton.
"As things are growing green we have sufficient water
to water our lawns and our crops," Pitcher said. "I
also really like the smell of freshly cut hay. A lot
of people don't know what it smells like. It's a terrific
The appeal of Cornish is not only the scenery but
the chance to live a rural life. Many people move to
Cornish because the property and homes are less expensive
than they would be in Logan, said Pitcher. Lots of young
people are coming to buy starter homes and a small piece
of ground where they can have horses or a garden.
Buxton said the most exciting news in Cornish is a
rumor that a famous country singer has bought 20,000
acres of land for a wildlife reserve. Pitcher confirmed
the rumor and said country singer Toby Keith is presumed
to have bought the land from Evan Koller, a resident
"Cornish is a great place to get away from the hubbub,"
Another reason people are moving out to Cornish is
the availability of land. There are also recreational
activities that draw people out this way, such as the
sand hills that people four-wheel on, hunting and motorcycles,
Pitcher said, "My wife is from a metropolitan area
with 6 million people and you couldn't drag her back
there with a team of horses. It's the friendliness of
the people and seeing people helping each other." Pitcher
said 70 percent of the residents are new and looking
for a place to get away from the city. Living this far
away teaches people to be self-sufficient, and people
learn to adapt to the inconvenient parts about living
in a small town, said Pitcher.
"It 's been a good town, a good town to raise kids
in. People look out for your kids and their own kids.
Basically it's been a terrific place to raise a family,"