History of John Prichard Squire, Sr

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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 History of John Prichard Squire, Sr
Description A couple of weeks after opening the school, Mr. Squire married Adella DeMill, December 31, 1852. She was the daughter of Freeborn and Ann Knight DeMill, who was born in Oackson County, Missouri, September 19, 1832. This school room became their home, where they moved the school benches out after school and beds in for family living. This journal states that he taught school in this building until February, 1866, when illness forced him to close it down. He died April 25, 1872, at the age of 48. They were the parents of 8 children--2 had died, leaving Mrs. Squire a widow with 6 Children to raise. Mrs. Squire also raised 2 grandchiIdren whose mothers had died at their birth: Orson Allen, a son of Harriet Anielia , who died at his birth, and Alice Squire, a daughter of Oliver, the youngest son. I (the author of this story) started school in Manti the fall of 1904, and got the job of getting the kindling wood and coal (when they had it) in for Widow Squire after school each night. She was 62 when I started this job and I did it several years. At this time, the old school room back of her home was used as a shed to keep her fuel in. I well remember some of the old school benches still in this old school house. The desks were made of logs 15 to 20 inches in diameter, sawed down the middle, with wooden pegs for legs high enough to put your knees partly in under them while sitting on the benches, made of logs 8 to 10 inches in diameter, sawed down the middle with shorter wooden pegs for legs. I used to play with a sword that hung in a metal scabbard from a peg in the wall. My arms were not long enough to draw the sword without dropping the scabbard to the floor. Widow Squire said her father, Freeborn DeHill, had brought it all the way across the plains to Manti, as it was the one his father Garrett DeMill owned and used in the Revolutionary War, while he served in the Dutchess County, New York, Militia, under the command of Col. Abraham Brinkerhoff. Widow Squire had a box full of olf letters and papers: A pass, No.3, given to her to attend the dedication of the Manti Temple, May 23, 1888, signed by Wilford Woodruff. She also had the Patriarchal Blessing given upon her father, Freeborn DeMill, by Joseph Smith, Sr., in the residence of Joseph Knight, Jr., in the city of FarWest, County of Caldwell, State of Missouri, February 6, 1839, and signed by Sysander M. Davis, scribe. She had a number of tithing receipts issued to her during the 90's signed by Bishop W. T. Reid. In 1893, tithing receipts were printed thus: _______________ Name has paid___________________dollars on tithing account. In 1894, receipts were printed about the same wording as today: _____________ Name has voluntarily donated ___________dollars to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Following were copies of some receipts: June 23, 1893,Adelia Squire has paid 2 1b. butter - $.40 May 10, 1891, Adella Squire has voluntarily donated 3 doz. eggs - $.16 May 11, 1895, Adelia Squire voluntarily donated 3 lbs. butter - $.45 March 25, 1896, Adelia Squire, 2 1b. butter - $.30, 3 doz. eggs - $.18 = $.48 -19-
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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 324116
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x/324116