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Isaac Morley

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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
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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 Isaac Morley
Description trouble, "Here is where our Prophet told us to stay iiV stay I will if I be the only family that does!"9 With the help of two able counselors, Seth Taft and Charlss ShiMway, and guidance from the Lord and the Prophet, he led and advised well. During this terrible, cruel winter (the worst ever recorded in Manti), they built dug-out shelters free the grey hill, started a saw-mill, built schools, churches and a Bowery.10 They also built log homes and managed to clear the ten-foot high drifts of snow to save some livestock they had brought with them. Much of their herd perished, and the Indians would steal these frozen carcasses for food while the Saints needed thera for themselves. Chief Walter (Wawkara) tried to control his war-loving brothers, Arrowpeen and Sanpitch, but they stirred up local tribes, and transient ones, so many times that a strong fort was built. In the spring as the ground began to warm, they found they had dug their dug-outs on a veritable snake pit. They had thought of that grey hill as a protection on its south side. As many as three to five hundred spotted rattlers were killed each day and night. They used pine torches to hunt for them in beds and cupboards, even at night! Everyone was terrified, but not one man, woaan or child was bitten by the reptiles, which were just emerging from hibernation, and were at their most dangerous ,^ At one time the Indians demanded Father Morley's beautiful, brown-eyed baby toy, promising never to bother them again if he gave Wm to themi Can we imagine the terror of his wife, Leanora Snow Morley? (She was a sister of Eliza R. Snow and President Lorenzo Snow.) She and the whole settlement were horrified and begged Father Morley not to give in. But being at the head carried much responsibility for the safety of his people. Father Morley than many. He gave his darling to the Indians and the whole village prayed and fasted for three days. The Indians brought him back, very dirty, but unharmed and dressed in buckskin and mocassins. His skin was tinted with tea anrj herbs, making it a deep "brown. Because Father Morley had trusted Walker and the braves enough to give than his son, Walker promised that they would never steal or kill again. Father Morley baptized the big, handsome chief not long after this and took him into his hone to live and renamed hi» Joseph Walker. Isaac was a staunch Presbyterian until Pastor Sidney Rlgdon baptized his whole family in 1828, into the Campbelllte church. But until Isaac heard the message of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he did not find satisfaction, freedom to worship as his conscience told him to, nor the desired education about God and his relation to Him. But after becoming a Mormon he felt fulfillment. He remained a loyal, industrious member and colonizer until his death in June, 1865, at North Bend, Utah. -9-
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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 324292
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc/324292