Pioneer of Pettyville

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1993
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Pioneer of Pettyville
Description County. When he was 22 years old, be mamed Susan Lowry. After her death he married Adeline Voorfaees. George was his father's "right-hand man." William Arthur, son of George, says his father was voted the county assessor several times. He participated in the Walker War of 1853. When the Black Hawk War came, he went to Rabbit Valley to protect settlers, learning to speak the Indian language, interpreting in their behalf many times. The church called George to Elk Mountain Indian Mission (now Moab) to preach the gospel and teach the Indians to raise grain. He travelled 100 miles south to trade with the Navajo Indians. In 1861, George became an original Dixie Pioneer, presiding as Elder at Shunesburg and later helping Co organize Springdale and Rockville. While in the Dixie Country, George learned to grow cotton, card, spin and weave cloth. He learned to tan cowhides, and make boots, using wooden pegs as nails. When the bottom of the boots wore out, he made shoes for small children from the tops. He also started making chairs and bed posts and bedsteads using rope for bed slats and rawhide for the bottoms. He made violins, and his boys played them for dances. He built and operated a grist mill at Kanarravilie, Utah. He learned the blacksmith trade. He made washboards by crumpling sheets of steel and copper. When George returned to Manti, he ran the grist mill and became a stone-cutter on the Manti Temple. George Petty was the first presiding Elder at Pettyville, having helped to settle the town which received his name. In 1877, a ward was organized in Pettyville, and George W. Petty was the first Bishop. He served for seven years. With his knowledge of Indians and their language, he was called to St. Johns, Arizona. He traveled over bad roads to help settle trouble between the Indians and Mexicans who were stealing cattle and horses from the whites. George helped survey Castle Valley and settled in Emery County. He was instrumental in extending the canal out of town. He served as Bishop for six years in Emery, and County Commissioner for four years.
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324588
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