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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
Type Image
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324356
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc

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Title A Handcart Saga
Description Most were poor; their only real treasure was their indomitable faith and courage. They rejoiced in anticipation of pushing or pulling a handcart to Zion. They realized tiie journey across the ocean and. plains would call for physical strength and fortitude. Five long weeks Here spent on the Atlantic Ocean. Each voyager was given detailed advice, with prayer to be their watch-word. The usual ©vents in the cycle of life continued? babies were bom, marriages performed, and death was a frequent visitor. Finally, they reached Boston, thence travelled by rail to Iowa City, Iowa. Five handcart companies departed In I856. The first three reached Salt Lake Valley with only the expected degree of hardship and loss of life. Two later companies, the ill-fated Willie Company, who came on the sailship •Thorton," and the Martin Company, who sailed on the packet-ship "Horizon,* were delayed for various reasons* Theirs was a different story. Their leaders were Elders James G. Willie and Edward Martin. These last companies found, to their dismay, that no word had been received of their coming to Iowa. Few tents, or handcarts, were ready. Nor was there seasoned lumber available. During a month's delay, the women constructed tents while the men labored, over the carts. The fragile, hastily built, two-wheeled vehicles were the width of the wagon wheels, in older to roll them more easily in the ruts of earlier trailmakers. Some of the men were offered employment for the winter; a few accepted. The conpanies had great confidence In, and love for, their two captains, Willie and Martin, who had consented to lead the groups to Salt Lake City. The handcarts were completed and the group swung aerrily on their way, unaware of their rendezvous with tragedy. They were ridiculed as they passed through villages, walking and pulling their carts. The weather was delightful, the roads were good, and they were happy to be this far on the pilgrimage. They sang and waved gaily to their mockers. The Millie Company arrived in Florence, Nebraska., on August lli the Hartin Company on August Z2, merely eleven days later, but sufficient to make a tragic difference in the outcome. They paused for the final one-thousand mile journey, unusually late in the season. The immigrants were unacquainted with this new country, and its treacherous climate. They relied on the counsel of leaders ¥ho had previously crossed the plains. All of these, except Elder Levi Savage, were in favor of moving on. He advised establishing winter quarters for this group, that contained so many women, aged, ' and children. His wise counsel to defer the trek, was swept aside by an eagerness to reach the Valley. These Saints had faith the -112-
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Identifier 127_A Handcart Saga.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324247
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc/324247