||A PIONEER CHILD SPEAKS OUT Salina, Utah Senior Citizen Division Honorable Mention Historical Essay This drama of life is told by a child. She had a way with words, this girl. With her eyes wide open, she lay on a sick bed and watched history in the making. As we read her wisdorn to carry us throuoh. She was a pioneer* and these people set out to survive, if possible, often with only faith for fame and fortune were opened. They were a choosing people, and chose to cone despite hardships. They deserve thanks for all they did for us today for they demonstrated a remark-has long been gone, but she left this story in her family records for her many posterity in Sanpete County. One hundred and twenty-six years ago, in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, Denmark, a baby girl was born into the Peter Holstie family. She later became my grandmother. They named her Ingrid Christine. Her family consisted of four other children and they lived nappily and contentedly on their small farm, each doing a part to help earn a livelihood. But this happiness did not last because disaster came and altered the course of the lives of every member of the family. Her father died suddenly, and while still in bereavement her brother stepped on a knife edged flint and injured his foot. Infection set in and a few days later he died. mother and the eldest son. The following spring found them in the field plowing and tilling the soil for the summer crops. The troubled family was consoled when a Latter Day Saint m1s-sionary came to visit them. They embraced the gospel, all except the oldest son, who became more and more disturbed as his mother grew intent on the idea of going to America. In spite of wicked comments from neighbors and friends she left her farm with this son and came to Utah. -twit-'