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Dr Charles H Bird, Early Dentist

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
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
ID 324751
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j67f3x

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Title Dr Charles H Bird, Early Dentist
Description DH. CHARLES E. BIHD, EAELY DSHTIST Eleanor P. Madsen Ephraim, Utah Professional Division Third Place Historical Essay A span of males and a freight wagon was a strange price to pay for Bome dental tools and a. brief training in dentistry, but such was the case for Dr. Charles H. Bird, one of the first dentists to practice in Sanpete County. No thought of such an occupation was in the mind of young, ten-year-old Charles as he walked by the side of his mother across the plains to Zion in 1864. At that early age as he picked up buffalo chips along the way and put in his mother's big apron, his blithe spirit was eager for the adventures of a new land. Although he was sometimes teased by his playmates for his English brogue, he made friends easily and soon was included In their games. One day while playing crack-the-vhip-on-the-ice he was thrown from the end of the whip, an accident that later was to alter the course of his life and lead to his profession. With Charles' growing years came family responsibilities, shared with his mother after the death of his father, working to till the soil, plant and harvest the crops. It was while he was still in his teens that Charles acquired the span of mules and freight wagon and began freighting to southern Dtah and Nevada from Hephi where he lived. With the new business Charles now felt that he had the means to care for a wife and family, so on February 1, 1874, he married Alice Ann Evans in the Endowment House in Salt lake City. They had nine children, one of whom died in infancy. The couple had been married only four years when the injury which Charles received on his leg as a boy grew worse and developed into tuberculosis of the bone. It was necessary to have the leg amputated, and it was only through the faith of Ms family that his life was spared. After recovering from the long months of suffering, Charles knew he couldn't continue freighting with only one leg. He must find another way to make a living for his family* So it was that the opportunity cane to trade his mule team and wagon for dental tools and training* The training was limited since his Instructor soon left Sephi, It was a difficult tixe for the young man and his -9_
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Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324687
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j67f3x/324687