A Handcart Saga

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1981
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title A Handcart Saga
Description A HANECART SAGA Virginia K. Nielson 351 North Main, Box 211 Ephraim, Utah 8*t62? Historical Essay Judges' Mote: This entry was not included in the judging because its subject matter fails to meet the criterion of "true happenings in Sanpete County." However, the judges considered it worthy of publication. "*Young men, my advice to you is to marry a girl from Sanpete. Ho matter how hard It gets, she's seen it worse!" This admonition was given by Elder J. Golden Kimball in his distinctive, high-pitched voice, as he traversed Utah and Idaho, on his Latter-Day Saint Stake Conference assignments. Many Sanpete settlers had! indeed, experienced difficulties that had sorely tried the souls of these stalwarts in Zion. The trials of these pioneers dated years before their advent in Sanpete. In 1855, their native lands, Scandanavia and the British Isles, were in the throes of great economic distress. Poverty was widespread. In addition, mental and physical abuse was heaped upon new converts by fellow townsmen. Even small children were stoned, rotten-egged and forced to leave school. Proselyting missionaries made fervent pleas for converts "to gather to Zion." Their intense religious zeal gave the westward movement great Inpetus. There were also trials in Zion that year, with a devastating drought, followed by a grasshopper invasion. Then came the severe winter of 1855-56. Hundreds of cattle froze or starved to death. The Perpetual Immigration Fund had been reduced to a dribble through depletion of Church revenues. Some leaders recommended a cessation of foreign immigration during I865. President Brigham Young replied, "The cry of our poor brethren in foreign lands is great. The hand of the oppressor is heavy upon them. They have no other prospect on earth through which they can hope for assistance." He returned to a plan he had earlier envisioned -the handcart. Without oxen to be fed, or stray, they could start earlier, and travel faster than with a heavily loaded wagon train. Hord was sent abroad, "Let them come, on foot, with handcarts.1' The converts received the word, with joy. They could travel from their embarkation point, Liverpool, England, to Salt Lake City, for $45.00. -311-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324246
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