Pioneer Youth Meets Challenge

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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 Pioneer Youth Meets Challenge
Description or the disappointments of life, I detected only one-she sometimes read books and magazines upside down. One week before she died, she became ill. The Doctor said her feet just "wore out." Sources of Documentation "Interview with Hannah Madsen Aldrich" by Grace Candland Jacobsen. "Ordeal by Handcart" by Wallace Stegner. Mormon Country by Wallace Stegner. "Andrew Madsen's Journal" from Mt. Pleasant Aldrich Genealogical Records. Records in L.D.S. Church Historian's Office from Mt. Pleasant. Author's personal knowledge and acquaintance with Hannah. PIONEERING YOUTH MEETS CHALLENGE Leo C. Larsen Mt. Pleasant, Utah Second Place Essay Youth can be counted on to come through. The future is theirs with its many challenges. Despair not. They will meet these challenges successfully. Let us consider a specific challenge that faced the early pioneers and note that the young generation, our modern pioneers, met the challenge. "It is like all hell is turned loose and led by the devil himself," was one expression used to describe one of the devastating floods that suddenly struck Mt. Pleasant. Judging from the soil formation of the Mt. Pleasant area and noting the deposits of rocks and huge boulders on the east bench farm lands, there must have been a long history of floods in the area. The first flood that reached the record books was in 1893 and was referred to by the old-timers as the Big Flood. One of the families that had homesteaded a place in the mouth of Pleasant Creek noted the heavy rains, then heard the sickening roar of the oncoming devastating force. They climbed the hill where the Mt. Pleasant electric power plant now stands. There a teen-age son, together with his younger sisters and widowed mother, noted with horror the on-rushing wall of mud, trees, and boulders that must have been twenty feet high. As it came out of the canyon with its deafening roar, less than fifty yards below them, they saw large trees simply up-rooted and tossed end over end down stream. Huge boulders would falter, then give way to the devilish force, and later come to rest in the fields below. A half brother of this family, at the first indications of the on-coming flood, jumped on his horse and rode to town to warn the people of the coming danger. No accurate records have been kept of the damages, but they were almost beyond comprehension. Since that time, the records show there have been twenty floods. There were four of these that were major disasters. -7-
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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 324135
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x/324135