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The Story 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
ARK ark:/87278/s6nz85tx
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324626
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6nz85tx

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Title The Story of Pettyville
Description THE STORY OF PETTYVILLE Rose Mclff Senior Division First Place Essay The village known as Pettyville was settled in 1873. It was located one mile west of Sterling following Che Sanpitch River as well as the Red Hills from the Gunnison Reservoir north to within one mile of Highway 89 soulh. Fifteen families came from Manti, Ephraim, and the Dixie country with their leader, William George Petty, to settle a town. William George Petty was called as their Presiding Elder and then in 1S77 he was called to be the first Bishop; hence the town was named after him. The land was part of the Indian Reservation, so the colonizers had squatters' rights only. Indians were plentiful and lived along the river bottoms. The old county road was originally an Indian trail. If you follow this old county road, you will come past the old cemetery and to the heart of Pettyville where the Olsen families had corrals and the last home there. The Olsens were id the area for four generations and founded a great tradition of the joy of planting, growing trees, flowers, gardens, orchards, and especially creating a homey atmosphere in and around a house. Those left still have the same gift. The men mostly responsible were Bishop Louis Olsen and his brother Dave. They planted the two-acre hillside into peach trees, and a half acre of raspberries and gooseberries. The trees were watered with spring water, which was plentiful at that time. The people worked hard on the land, using any tools they could procure, caring for their families, putting their faith in God, and striving to live their best. Homes were constructed of slate rock found in the local hills. The narrow rock vein was soon exhausted, so cobble rock and mud were shaped into homes. Some people made their own adobe each on his own plot. One building was constructed for church, school, and recreation. People danced here and loved it. Pettyville children were taught by a man named Riley. The first log cabin was built on the old Hans Denison place just east of the Gunnison Reservoir. I
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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 324614
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6nz85tx/324614