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Howard B. Vanfleet

Howard B. Vanfleet

Howard B. Vanfleet

Howard B. Vanfleet grew up at 1504 East 2100 South from the age of four in 1935.  His father, Willard Parker Vanfleet was hired as a guard at the state penitentiary in Sugar House and later became deputy warden.  The family moved out when the prison was relocated to Point of the Mountain in 1951.  He is a retired professor emeritus of physics at Brigham Young University.  He and wife Helen are the parents of seven children.  

Audio Interview

Here is an interview with Howard recollecting his years in the neighborhood.  The soundtrack is followed by a summary and index of the interview.  The sections below contain documents and photos from Howard.

The interviews and related files are shared with the written consent of the interviewee under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.  (Note: Index times are approximate. Variations in browsers and operating systems may cause some timing discrepancies. Please use the audio player controls to fine tune the section you’re interested in.)

Interview 1 (05/28/2015, duration 1:00:53)


Here is a collection of images provided by Howard.  Click on a thumbnail to expand an image.  Once the image is expanded you can scroll through the collection by clicking on either side of the image.

Prison staff March 29, 1935|Willard Parker Vanfleet, Howard’s father is second from left in inset. These four guards were on duty during group photo shoot.
Howard and father inside prison wall in front of Wagon Gate, ca. 1941
Eagle Scouts, 1945
Howard in front of prison, ca. 1945
Note one of the six prison guard family residences in the background east of the prison. The Vanfleets lived in one of these homes.
Howard and Vim install prison warden’s license plate, 1946
Willard Parker Vanfleet with inmate making license plates
Willard Parker Vanfleet with new license plate
Willard Parker Vanfleet’s badges
Knife and sheath made by and confiscated from prisoner
Metal trunk ca. 1945 | Made by prisoner
Replica of watchband Howard made in prison blacksmith shop

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