Fiddles and Fiddlers

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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
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Title Fiddles and Fiddlers
Description go to Utah. In 1855 they left their homeland and joined a company comprised mostly of young Scandinavians. When they reached St. Louis, Sophia gave birth to a tiny daughter.? After a long rest, she felt ready to continue on to Utah, As the wagon train traveled, James played his violin in the evenings 30 the weary travelers might dance; his singing was a welcome and reassuring sound during the day's trek. His ailing wife loved music, too, but was unable to join in the dancing. The long journey proved too much for her, and she died Just as the wagon train began its descent into the Salt lake valley. When they reached Salt Lake City, James purchased some land, built a house, and married the two Domgaard sisters, Elizabeth and Johannah,° who had traveled to Utah in the same company and who had cared for his ailing wife and babieB. When news reached Salt Lake that Johnson'3 Army was coming, James, traded his land for a span of mules and a barrel of flour.' (This plot of ground is believed to be where the Union Pacific Hailroad station/Utah Historical Society building now stands.) After a brief stay in Goshen, James, with his two wives and several children, moved on to Mount Pleasant, having been called by Brigham Young to help colonize the new settlement where his musical abilities were greatly needed. Arriving in Mt. Pleasant in March of 1859, James was appointed to work on the north wall of the fort. When the fort was completed, other families moved into its protection. James* life was not to be free from sorrow. On 13 Hay 1359 his two-year-old daughter was drowned in Pleasant Creek, the first child to drown in the new town." They buried her tiny body in a grave just outside the fort (west of State Street across from the Horth Sanpete High School building), later transferring it to the new Mount Pleasant cemetery south of town. On 4 April 1863 James married a young Swedish girl, Johannah Anderson.10 Four of their ten children died in infancy. September 12th (I865), President Brigham Young and a number of the apostles and elders visited Mount Pleasant. A suitable wagon, drawn by four fine horses, was fitted up and driven by Rasmus Frandsen and Andrew Madsen, taking the Mount Pleasant Brass Band to Fountain Green, where they met the party. Coming back by way of Moroni, they led the procession and furnished the -40-
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