John Hasler

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 01
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1969
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
ID 326017
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s67p8wh3

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Title John Hasler
Description On one of Mr. Hasler's teaching tours in Emery County, he became lost for two days in a snow storm. On another occasion, Mr. Hasler became stranded in a blizzard near Thistle and arrived home with forzen feet and hands. In 1871, two years after Mr. Hasler had migrated from Switzerland, he became sick with thyphoid fever. In those days the church officials often re-baptized the saints for their health. So Hasler was taken to a pond and re-baptized, which nearly proved fatal. He took intense chills and became critically ill, partly if not wholly from the effects of the cold water. He lay on his back so long that bed sores developed and infection set in. He insisted that his wife take his razor to remove the infection, which she did. But in doing so she cut a cord of his leg which resulted in his being a cripple the rest of his life and using a cane while walking. According to his daughters, Mr. Hasler was a crank on the matter of punctuality. He was never late for an appointment if he could avoid it. He was always very precise about having a place for everything and everything in its place. He could find anything he wanted in the dark. His word was as good as his bond. There was no half-way doing things. It was either right or wrong with him. At the funeral of Louisa Hasler, wife of John Hasler, one of the speakers, W.D. Candland not only eulogized her, but in referring to her husband John said in part: "God did not bring John Hasler from his native Switzerland for the sole purpose of grubbing brush and breaking rock. Here was a young and growing community, out of the wilderness. They must not become wild and lawless. There must be some softening and refining influences disseminated which John Hasler supplied. What is more effective than music? Music, that was John Hasler's middle name. Music radiated from his whole being. On coming here, he went to work immediately. Soon we had brass bands, string bands, choirs, concerts, and a singing school and soon the town was on a musical basis. No home was up to date which did not have one of Hasler's organs. It seemed to me he directed the choir for half a life time. And the choir practices were one place where we could go and see the girls we wanted to take home. As soon as one group was trained and grew up and became married, he started on a new group. My conviction is that John Hasler performed a most wonderful mission, one that was not fully realized." 18
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 1
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326004
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s67p8wh3/326004