Brownskin Raiders

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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
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 324158
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Title Brownskin Raiders
Description A few years after Ephraim had become a peaceful agricultural community, this peaceful atmosphere was suddenly awakened from its slumber when a two-horse, covered buggy was coming toward town from the south and the two white male occupants were surprised by gunshots from Indians charging on horseback toward them. One of the occupants in the buggy held the horses' reins in his hand and crawled on the tongue of the buggy until he was in between the two horses as the team raced onward. The team of horses attached to the buggy arrived in Ephraim and the Indians shifted their attack in a yelling pandemonium to the south and west of town. The cattle herders had heard the shooting and had hurriedly returned the cattle herd to the west end of town. The Brownskins saw that armed Ephraim citizens would soon challenge them if they tried to steal the cattle,so, with rapidity, the Brownskins moved their attack toward an occupied farm house to the west of town and farther out than the herd of cattle. The occupants in the house saw in the distance that the Indians were coming in their direction and they decided their strategy for survival; - the father and his son armed themselves with guns and took off to the southeast of the house to hide in some bushes, with the purpose of intercepting the Brownskin Raiders with gunshots while the mother carried her baby along a ditch bordered with willow trees to the northeast of the home in an attempt to escape into Ephraim while the Indians were fighting with her husband and son. Five persons were killed by the Raiders: - the man who rode on the buggy tongue in between the two horses pulling the buggy was alive but his partner who stayed in the buggy was killed; the man and his son who risked their lives to save the mother and baby were shot to death, and the mother and baby were found dead. Reference: I have used Brownskin Raiders, Brownskins, and Raiders interchangeably for the word Indians, and I've told the story extra short because I attempted to tell this raid in the terse, speedy style that it was told to me by Lars Peter Oveson, an early resident of Ephraim; and I have attempted also to have the rate of activity in general match the short, fast competition with which the Brownskins excuted the raid. -53-
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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 324103
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