Karen Tollestrup

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 17
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1985
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title Karen Tollestrup
Description cultivated, the Indians became bitter,. Under the leadership of Chief Black Hawk, they constantly attacked, burned and pilfered, causing thousands of dollars of damage to property and livestock. After several deaths occurred among the settlers, Brigham Young gave orders for Fort Gunnison to be built. Karen was frightened of any Indian, and repulsed by the fighting; even living within the confines of the fort was a time of trial. Previously Karen had been busy with her children and her garden; now she found she had much free time. She taught the girls to sew and to cook Danish food, but the little boys, too young to be trusted, were a constant worry. Sometimes, when the summer days were hot and dry and the wind seemed to blow constantly, did she think of her native home so green and cool? In the autumn, when the Sanpitch River almost ceased to flow, did she dream of the surging sea and the beautiful Limfjord? It became apparent in the fall of 1867 that Karen was not well. Soon she was no longer able to care for her family. Although Niels did all in his power to help her, Karen Christensen Tollestrup, born on a little Danish farm, died on Christmas Eve in Gunnison, Utah. Ricky was just ten years old when her mother died. She remembered her death with sorrow and often told her own children how sad and lonely that Christmas Day had been. Today when I cook Danish dumplings, frikadeller or sweet soup, I sometimes think of my lovely great-grandmother. Though her life was short in our valley-not even five years--she bequeathed much to her many descendents.. When I stand before her grave, read her touching verse and remember her courage, I want to say, "I love you, Karen." Resources: Family records and Danish research. The Gunnison Memory Book--1959 15
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Date Created 2005-02-23
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