Sanpete 1896-1996

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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
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Sanpete 1896-1996
Description Danish. The other 30 spoke English, Welsh and American. The 1870 census had 94% Danish. In 1880 the percentage had lowered to 77%. The 1890 census lists foreign bom Scandinavians as 2,101 Danes. 587 Swedes, and 200 Norwegians. Sanpete County was called "Little Scandinavia." My parents, grandparents, and all except one great-grandfather were bom in Sanpete. He was born in Salt Lake City. With that many ancestors, the Statehood Act let two grandpa's, three great-grandpa's, and one great-great-grandpa vote in the national election. Elections are always a divisive thing, pitting families against each other. Some states had already given their women the right to vote. Utah gave up plural marriages to become a state. Many men didn't want women in Utah to have voting rights. As there were more women than men in many communities, they could control the vote. This would have been a hot topic that night Word of Statehood would have been sent on the telegraph. The railroad was the Denver and Rio Grande. A favorite pastime was to go down to the station to see the train come into town. The engineer had a reputation for being punctual and for blowing the whistle announcing special news. It wasn't until 1910 there was a phone in Sanpete County. There were 18 towns in Sanpete Valley. In 1849 Manti was selected by Father Morley to settlement. Then on January 25, 1875, Brigham Young in a revelation told the people to build a Temple upon the oolite limestone hill. This made it convenient, for the quarry was right at the site, eliminating hauling materials. Oolite limestone is a white rock with tiny concretions in it that look like tiny eyes. The temple was built by volunteers. The ladles in town furnished the food for the workers. All eggs laid on Sunday were temple eggs. Supplies were donated and credited as tithing. Men walked to the site from miles around, staying several days before returning to their homes. Brigham Young had Father Morley ship a block of the white limestone to Washington, D.C. to be installed in the George Washington monument. It is near the top of the monument. The limestone was used In the Hearst Mansion in San Simeon, California. It was in great demand In the West for public buildings. 29
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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 326758
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