The Dauntless Dane of Sanpete County

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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
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title The Dauntless Dane of Sanpete County
Description Sevier River. He noticed a settlement or two gp-stream and a few more vaguely discernible in the distance down-stream. Eventually his gaze came to an abrupt halt at the confluence of the river and the Willow Creek. This was it! A large area of loamy, virgin soil just for the taking. The availability of water made this land more priceless than gold. This is where he would homestead a section-160 acres - 40 acres eaci> for two of his sons and two of his daughters. Andy had married pretty Caroline-known as Betsy--Hhitlock, and to this union ten children had been born. Half turning in his saddle, he noted lush simmer range acquired to add to his already established empire, and his eventual title of "the cattle-baron of Willow Creek". Although not a large man, what he lacked in physical bigness he made up for in many other ways. He was too active and ambitious to get obese, but was rugged and hearty. Possessing all the needed qualities a pioneer and frontiersman had to have to survive those abusive years - He loved 1i fe and living, but not to the point of over-indulgence and squander ing of time and money. He rode for cattle each fall up to the year before his death in 1932, at the age of 81, and always enjoyed hunting deer each year during season and with rather good luck, selling the deer hides and giving the money to his grandchildren. His one excessive indulgence was the rolling of many "Bull Durham" cigarettes in his lifetime. This old west stage was reached that he could afford "tailor-mades." Although being shrewd, efficient, thrifty and somewhat of a taskmaster, he displayed a grand sense of dry humor. All this is encompassed in a story told of him in his later years. One day he met one of the town "sports" on a street in Ephraim. The man, who had been imbibing and was feeling pretty high said to Bjerregaard, "Andy, why don't you loosen up, spend some of your money, and have a good time?" "You know silver dollars were made round to roll." Andy retorted, "Like hell they were, they were made flat to stack up." One of the great highlights of Andy's life was when at the age of eighteen, he attended the cerernomes ot the driving of the golden spike at Promontory, Utah, May 10, 1869, which joined the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads. -34-
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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 323715
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