On Saturday, Feb. 18 the Heber Overgaard Chamber of Commerce sponsored an event at the visitor’s center that featured Lewis Tenney giving a talk to a large crowd about the history and background of Heber Overgaard dating back to 1963 with pictures and history that dated back to the 1940s.
Almost 50 years ago, Lewis Tenney moved to Heber Overgaard with his wife, Mary, to be close to Mary’s family.
Unknown to him at the time, his destiny was to become one of the most important and dedicated residents in our community. As the years rolled by, Tenney was involved in the local hardware business and a trucking company while investing in land in the area as well.
Over the years, he and Mary raised a family of two girls and seven boys, instilling in them his dedication for our community, our country and his desire to make Heber Overgaard a great place to live and raise a family.
Tenney served on the Navajo County Board of Supervisors for many years keeping Heber Overgaard interests well represented in Holbrook. He also served on the school board in Snowflake.
Consistently involved in local politics, Tenney once ran for Congress to further assist in helping our region. Perhaps one of his greatest accomplishments was fighting for many years to have a Heber Overgaard School District as local children were bused to Snowflake, separating families for sometimes days or children sometimes returning home as late as 7 p.m daily.
Finally, after many years of negotiations, his dream was realized and our local school system was born.
He has donated land to the school system, the LDS Church and the land for the Rim Community Library. In the past when the school system needed funds they didn’t have, Tenney provided the trucks and fuel at his expense to haul needed materials to the work sites. Tenney served on the Heber Overgaard School Board for many years as well.
A cool down is forecasted as this weekend progresses. The highs are projected to reach around the 50s dipping to around 45 degrees by Sunday. The lows Friday night/Saturday morning will be set at around 30 degrees, reaching down to around the low 20s by Sunday night/Monday morning. No precipitation is in the forecast.