Pioneer Justice

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1983
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 323075
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Title Pioneer Justice
Description PIONEER JUSTICE Conrad Frischknecht 12225 Shady Wood Lane SW Tacoma, Washington Non-professional Division Third Place Historical Essay Small towns often have two news media. One is the town newspaper, which must be truthful and judicious. The other is the underground news; it tends to be secretive and passes by word of mouth to selected persons. It is often scandalous, or in some manner damaging to the reputations of public figures. When I was a boy I was made privy to a juicy bit of scandalous news. The name of the purveyor has been for-gotten, but the story itself cannot be forgotten. No names were mentioned and no incidents were cited, but I was told that polygamists in the early history of Manti had actually sterilized teenage boys to eliminate them as competitors for wives. Information which I was able to elicit from my father and others was not completely satisfying. I was well aware of the many malicious tales that had been told by bitter non-Mormons and apostates. Was the mutilation story purely a figment of the imagination? I wondered; where there was smoke, there may have been fire. When opportunity afforded I asked Judge E. D. Wooley bluntly whether Manti polyga-mists sterilized teenage boys. "No, they did not," was his reply. Then he related an incident that may have given rise to the false story about Manti polygamists. One year, while Johnson's army was stationed at Camp Floyd, two soldiers were sent to Manti to care for a band of Army horses that was being wintered in the swamp north of town. One of the Soldiers got a Manti girl "into trouble". A number of the town's "saints" who were skilled in the art of desexing domestic animals caught the villain and sterilized him. They nailed the organs which they had cut away to the door of the church as a warning to any -16-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
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Date Created 2005-02-18
Date Modified 2005-02-18
ID 323052
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