Mary Ann - Serence and Unafrain

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 06
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1974
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s65x272x
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 324158
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x

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Title Mary Ann - Serence and Unafrain
Description MARY ANN - SERENE AND UNAFRAID Reva Tennant Jensen Santa Maria, California Second Place Essay Senior Division The year was June,1816, in Lea, Glorcestashire, England, when Mary Ann Price was born, the daughter of William and Mary Price, well-to-do and highly respected people in that neighborhood. Mary Ann was carefully brought up in the English tradition and educated at Broad Oak Academy, graduating with high Honors. In 1840, she became a member of the "Mormon" Church and in the following year, emigrated to America and settled in Nauvoo. Here she formed an acquaintance with Apostle Orson Hyde, to whom she was married, by the Prophet Joseph Smith, in 1843. In 1852, Mary Ann Price Hyde came to Utah and was for many years her husband's amanuensis and copied many a manuscript from the Apostle's dictation, thus assist-ing him greatly in his active life and work. Many times Mary Ann proved her stalwart temperament heroically enduring all the early hardships incident to the early pioneers. Early in 1850, she and Apostle Hyde moved to Sanpete, as Apostly Hyde had been appointed Stake President, and that office he held until his death. Mary Ann Price Hyde was made president of a branch organization of the Relief Society in 1879; she was sustained as president of the stake organization and this position she held up to the time of her death. Twice a year, Sister Hyde visited every branch, traveling over rough roads in her horse and buggy, offering words of encouragement and advice regarding the work in hand. Largely through her efforts, the Relief Society was able to store thousands of bushels of wheat for any emergency that might arise. Like Ruth of old she went into the fields to gather the golden grain left by the reapers. Modern harvesting machinery had not been introduced in Utah and grain gathering had ever been an important theme with Mary Ann. Sometimes volunteer boys and girls accompanied her, they came from many areas to be part of grain gathering. They sang as they gleaned, Sister Hyde taught them many Old English Ballads she had sung in her youth. The work went faster when they sang a lilting rhythm like "Johnny's So Long at the Fair" or "Bringing in the Sheaves." Danger from hostile Indians was always present; one never knew when from out of the hills warriors draped in feathers and carrying tom-a-hawks might attack them and one day three hostile Indians did approach the field where the happy group was working. Mary Ann Price Hyde kept her wits and her calm. "Keep singing," she called to the children and, "Johnny Shand, you run to the wagon and fetch all the lunch Sacks." With sign language, Sister Hyde bargained with the three warriors and they rode off with the sacks of lunch, whooping a call of victory. Mary Ann quickly packed the children into the wagon and delivered them home safely. -17-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 6
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324093
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x/324093