A Grand Daughter Remembers

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326790
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Title A Grand Daughter Remembers
Description When John was two and one-half years old, his parents honored the call of Brigham Young to return to Utah. They lived in Pleasant Grove until the spring of 1859, when his parents went to help settle Mt. Pleasant. Utah. John spent his life there. Life was hard and luxuries were nonexistent in a pioneer settlement. He grew up in a pioneer community with all of its limitations, its primitiveness. but also its opportunities. He was himself a pioneer and the physical hardships of his youth made him strong in muscle and nerve and enabled him to overcome great difficulties and reap achievements of the first order in his chosen career. His early life brought him a sense of democratic quality, and from this experience of his early years he derived that comradeship and generous sympathy which characterized him in the years when he was rated as a man of wealth, and statewide and national influence. Poverty is always a relative matter. Few American boys nowadays grow up with as few clothes and playthings as John H. Seely had, yet these privations were largely derived from the general circumstances and economic conditions of the time. He learned the simplicity of existence and work without the comparisons that make poverty a source of spiritual degradation. As a boy he herded sheep in the summer barefoot, and went to school in the winter, sometimes freezing without shoes, because leather was scarce in those pioneer days, and shoes were neither as plentiful or as stylish then as now. He had to wait until his turn came to get a new pair Sometimes it seemed so long and hard to wait when snow was on the ground and he had to run from one patch of bare ground to the other to rest and hold up one foot at a time when he did so. Later he could have bought an entire store of shoes. When he was a boy, he had few playthings as children do now. He had a nice smooth board with a nail in one end to which he would tie a rawhide string. This board was his sled, his wagon. It wasn't much, but it was everything to him in his childish play. John had to give it up because when his little brother David died, that board had to go into the little coffin. Boards were hard to get. and it took time to saw them when men were sawing in pits by hand. So in that emergency they had to take what boards they could find, and John's little sled board had to go into his brother's grave. He told how it hurt him and how he cried when little David and his sled were both taken from him. Later he owned a lumber mill with plenty of boards. He remembered this childhood incident with sadness in his heart. 95
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326690
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