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Title Fitzgerald Famly Stories
Personal Names Fitzgerald, John W., 1907-1998
Creator Fitzgerald, John W., 1907-1998
Date Digital 2004-06-24
Type Text; Image
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Format Creation Scanned at 300 dpi on Epson Expression 1640 XL flatbed scanner. Files saved as uncompressed TIFF. Resized to 1000 pixel-width JPEG images with Photoshop CS.
Language eng
Rights Management Digital Images copyright 2004, Univerity of Utah. All rights reserved.
Scanning Technician Charles Nielson
Metadata Cataloger Charles Nielson
ARK ark:/87278/s6k0727d
Setname uum_jwfc
Date Created 2005-09-12
Date Modified 2017-09-11
ID 204348
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6k0727d

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Title uu_fitzgerald2_p027
Description hardships of all the pioneers' crossing the plains. They had no protection whear it rained1 and they had! to push their handcarts; through the mud1. They didn't haver room in their* handcarts to carry enough water to last them inbetwsen waterless areas* T3h« sand and dHist storms made ifr worse and1 shortened the miles they could; travel in a day. The young sixteen year old girl that made this titip with her family was Sarah Ann Williams* Hear parents were John and' Mary Willaims. Tfoe "Williams family moved1 into a log house near Thirty Third South. The Williams family arrived in Salt Lake City almost destitute. Sarah Ann decided that she must find work and she left her home and started walking along the old pioneer road that led to South Willow Creek. After walking about twelve miles sh® being dead tired came to a cabin which was Perry Fitzgerald's, John's father. John's father took her- in and she stayed and worked for the family for about two years. By this time John and5 Sarah Ann had fallen in love and decided to get married. They were married in the Endowment House by Daniel Wells Feb. 17, 1858. For their wedding supper they had mush and milk at his father's home* They made their home with JohnIs father fbr quite awhile • Not long after their marriage John with some more pioneers; was called' by Bfigham loung to go to the head of Echo Canyon to keep watch as the Johnston's Army was threatening a raid againast the Mormons. When the pioneers heard that Johnston's Army was coming they were determined to bum their houses and Barns down rather then letting the army destroy or capture them* They had piled' sage brush all around the buildings ready to set them on fire. John Fitzgerald was one of the men left to burn the town-of Draper if the Army made an attack* This was not necessary as the army went through the valley and camped at Fairf ield west of Utah Lake. John Fitzgerald made several trips back to Fort Laramie to help immigrants coming to Salt Lake. He related many times to his family the; difficulties that were encountered on these trips. While on one of these trips he stayed and worked to earn enough money to buy his wife Sarah Ann a cook stove. She was among the first In Draper to have one. When he and Sarah Ann moved to themselves their home was a a little log house with a dirt roof, and when their daughter Sarah Jane, my grandmother, was born the roof leaked so badly her mother had to cover the bed with pans to keep her and her second child from getting wet.. John owned an ox team at this time which he used for the farm work and for hauling sugar cane to Cottonwood, where the cane was: ground and the juice boiled and made into molasses. It took all day and most of the night to make one of these trips. At one time he arose about four o'clock to get ready to go and as he was going outside he saw an Indian squaw stealing onions out of his garden. He went over to her and slapped her face and she left crying. When his wife Sarah Inn found out what he had done she felt very bad because she knew that she would be bothered1 by the Indians during the day. Towards evening she noticed a big Indian coming from their camp on the large sand hill in the eastern part of Draper. She became very frightened because he had a long knife in his hand, with which , she thought no doubt to scalp her with. So she ran and jumped over a high oak fence almost into the arms of a neighbor by the name of Tyler. The Indian asked" Tyler if Sarah Ann was his squaw,when he was about to say no Sarah Ann said yes. The Indian then went away without bothering herb A short time after this episode John bought a house and farm down near the fort and to this his small family moved. By this time he was well enough off to but some horses whose names were Nimrod .and Jeff* Feed- for the animals was very scarce now; and the farmers found it necessay to turn their horses out at night to find what feed they could. Early in the morning the farmers! had to go look for them so they could start the daily work. One time John was gone all day and most of the night searching for his horses. The towns?-people became worried and all prepared to go in search of him , as they feared the Indians had killed him as they were very troublesome. Just before they left they noticed a fire on the mountain east of the town, at a place, known as: The Clear Spot. John had made this fire to let them know, he was still alive. But he had not as yet found hxs horses. He finally found them and brought them down the next mornxng. For a long time, he waa manager of tne dances, in Draper* The dances started at two o'clock in the afternoon and lasted until twelve o'clock midnight. At intermission his wife Sarah Ann prepared supper for the orchestra and anyone else who desired to coae. She charged twenty-five cents a plate or fifty cents a couple, flhe meal was usually potatoes and gravy, meat , squash, mince meat, peach or apple pie, doughnuts, cabbage or parsnips, sourkraut , suet pudding, pickles and bread and butter. The dances at this tin» were cheifly the Virginia reel, quadrilles, polygamy dance and marches During John Fitzgerald•s life in Draper he was active and was a progressive citizen, holding several civic positions as well as
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Setname uum_jwfc
Date Created 2005-09-12
Date Modified 2005-09-12
ID 204337
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6k0727d/204337