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Mary Thorpe Beal

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 10
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1978
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6pz56z9
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323735
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6pz56z9

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Title Mary Thorpe Beal
Description Thorpe's brother, William, who was scalped by the Indians near Guard Knoll--another heartbreaking incident for her to bear. Nine years after their marriage Henry entered into polygamy. Mary was the first of three wives. The three families lived in relative harmony\ an exception is illus-trated by the fol1owing humorous incident: Mary Thorpe and Henry's third wife, Mary Ann Thompson, had homes next door to each other on Main Street. Henry kept telling Mary what a good wife and wondertul companion his third wife was proving to be. This rankled in Mary's mind one Sunday morning. When the pigs began to so^uel, Henry, without getting out of his bed next door, shouted, "Mary Thorpe, go slop the hogs' Mary took the bucket of swi11 and started toward the pigs, but suddenly indignant, she went to the open window in bed. Henry had had no chance to attend school, and his mother had died crossing the plains; as a consequence, he hadn't learned to read. Mary Thorpe enjoyed reading. Books were scarce, but she borrowed them to read to him until he deve-loped an interest in books, then she taught him to read simple books and progressed to more difficult ones until he became proficient. Paradoxi ca11y this uneducated man became such a strong believer in education that while he was in the Stake Presidency he worked diligently with Stake President Canute Peterson, Second Counselor John B. Maiben, and others to found Sanpete Stake Academy, which became Snow College. My mother said she visited her grandparents every day in of Main Street and Second North (next door to the adobe and rock one he first built for her), and this reading habit continued. Every time she visited her grandparents in the evening she found Mary reading to Henry. Mary lived to have seven children by Henry Allen Beal , and all out the first lived to have homes of their own * Even frail baby Eliza Morris Beal Pehrson grew strong and lived 86 years. In spite of Mary's crippled body, the tragedies she endured, her hard pioneer life, this faithful, loving woman helped build a town in a desert, supported in qvt?y*y way a husband who was a leader in the Church, the community, and in
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 10
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323694
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6pz56z9/323694