The Red Stone Fountain

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 05
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Sothern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1973
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6tm788q
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
ID 323578
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6tm788q

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Title The Red Stone Fountain
Description and the two youngest children, Suasie 6 and Hyrum 4. The two older children Adolp 10 and Emelie 8 were placed in an orphanage until this dear mother could earn enough money to send for them. The mother and two small children sailed for six weeks on the U.S.S. Nevada where their quarters were below water level and caused them much seasickness. They arrived in New York in 1882 and came to Salt Lake City by train. Conrad Keller, one of the missionaries who had visited their home in Switzerland and told them of the restored church, met them and they traveled to his home in Manti in a wagon pulled by a team of horses. There they were given all the comforts of home until Sister Merz could establish herself. A few years later she moved to Mt. Pleasant where she lived in a little frame home with a dirt floor. The cracks in the roof let the moon and stars wink through at night and buckets would have to be set around to catch the rain, but it was home sweet home. The Indians were friendly when they moved to Mt. Pleasant but the old fort, which comprised a full block with Pleasant creek running through the center, was still intact. Sussie worked for an old lady who still lived inside the fort and this helped her mother considerably because she was washing, ironing, and doing housework where she could to earn a dime. Sussie and Hyrum were facinated with the holes in the walls of the fort from which the muskets were fired to protect the earlier Mormon families from the Indians. It took seven years of toil before Sister Merz could earn enough money to send for her son Adolph. He had learned the trade of sculpturing in stone for grave markers while in the orphanage. Soon after he arrived in Mt. Pleasant he set up a business known as the Mt. Pleasant Marble Works. He sculptured many grave markers from the same kind of white oolite stone from which the Manti temple was built. They found this stone in a quarry in Pigeon Hollow and Lewis Johansen, better known as "Lewis Napoleon" helped them haul it to Mt. Pleasant by team. Soon they had earned enough money to send for their sister Emelie. She had been taught the art of a fine seamstress in the orphanage and used this talent in sewing for many families which helped to upgrade the living conditions of the family. How wonderful it was to be reunited as a family once again. 48
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 5
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323570
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6tm788q/323570