Indian Story

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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 Indian Story
Description By the time winter came, the dreadful disease finally died out, taking its toll of the town. Every family lost someone, and out of our 12 remaining children, we lost three more. Papa had built five boxes to bury his children in-built them with love and care, and dug their graves alone. At first I was very bitter, but now as I visit those five graves under the trees, I have the feeling that this really is that place my father talked about before we left Illinois. "Don't grieve, Serilda," he would say to me. "They have finally found a place where there is peace." I learned a great lesson that summer. Some of us are here to test and some to be tested, but no matter what, God has the upper hand. He couldn't fight that awful fever, any more than we could fight the mobs in Illinois and Missouri. In time, it finally died out, and I think the hatred for the mobs will too, someday. Time changes many things. INDIAN STORY Tulula F. Nelson Mt. Pleasant, Utah First Place Short Story Senior Division Indianola or Thistle Valley as it was called in the 70's and 80's was a beautiful little settlement at the mouth of Dry Creek. It nestled in the crescent shaped valley between the high mountains on the east and the lowland marshes known as the Big Field on the west. Here a few white settlers lived among the Indians. The tall native grass in the Big Field was cut by the farmers on a certain day agreed upon by the men themselves, each taking all the hay they could cut, rake, and haul away. After harvesting, the cattle were allowed to graze through the fall and winter months 'till the snow came. Each farmer fed and cared for his own ani- mals. These precious meadows were well fenced with cedar posts and barbed wire to keep the cattle in and intruders out. The houses in this valley were not in keeping with the beauty of nature. Host of them belonged to Indians and were built by them. Mud and sticks were the materials used to make the small, low huts. Willows tied in bunches with rawhide made the pens where a few ponies, chickens, cows, and hogs were kept. The white people were good to the Indians and practiced Brigham Young's theory, "It was cheaper to feed the Indians than to fight them." So the Indians hunted and fished in the summer and depended on the whites for winter food. Moroni Seeley owned a ranch in this valley. He and his family lived in a large white house built of rock which was plentiful, but took hard work to build. His corrals were located on a hill near a spring where the clear cool water was available year round. His well-built pens and large haystacks took care of may animals needed for food and a few to sell for cash. -48-
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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 324132
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x/324132