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A Handcart Saga

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1981
Type Image
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324356
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc

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Title A Handcart Saga
Description The heroism of the rescue parties must rank among the noblest of deeds. Numerous horsemen and wagon-loads of supplies left early the next day, but met a blizzard of such proportions they became ¦blockaded. Captain Willie, and a company uho had braved the continuing storms, appeared on two worn-out horses, to inform the rescuers that if help wasn't given at once, there was no need to come at all. He guided the rescue team to his party, then directed them on to the more sorely afflicted Hartin group. Two young men, Joseph A. Young and Steven Taylor, arrived aa an advance guard of the rescuers. Wore welcome messengers never cane from the courts of glory than these brave couriers, who brought hope, as well as pitifully inadequate provisions. Deaths continued during the rescue of the beleaguered people. Tents were erected, but another blizzard burst upon the sufferers, flattening the coverings. Nevertheless, these people had received a new lease on Xife, even though one-fourth of the company had perished, and they had three hundred miles of the most difficult terrain yet to conquer. The weakest were placed in the supply wagons. Some continued to move handcarts along paths made by rescue wagons raoving forward and backward to make a trail. These were later discarded. The <*33 survivors of the Willie Company arrived in Salt Lake City on November 9- The last of the Martin Company arrived on December 1; between 135 and 150 deaths had occurred. Even the rescue entailed hardships, "but the compassionate aid given to these half-starved Saints gave compensation. Wagons carried all arrivals to the Tithing House area, where loving hands cared for their inaedlate needs. They were than conveyed to homes In Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. Sane oane to Ephraim, Moroni, and other towns in Sanpete, where they remained true to the faith all their days. Surely there is no parallel in history that is filled with more devotion to a cause. These "visible Saints" helped carve out a new civilization. What a priceless heritage, what a magnificent legacy is ours. God bless their memory. " '"~ ' " Author's Note: Martin's Cove, a hollow at the foot of some cliffs near the Sweetwater River, where the immigrants sought shelter, has since become part of toe Sun Ranch. This is inviBilila from the roadj coirs now graze and drink there. -114-
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Identifier 129_A Handcart Saga.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324249
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc/324249