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History Carved on a Cellar Wall

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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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Setname snowc_sts
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 History Carved on a Cellar Wall
Description County. He served three terms in that position. Sheriff Burns, as he was respectfully called, had followed the path of his father who had also been elected Bheriff of Sanpete County. However, on September 26, 1894, the elder Burns had met a tragic death vhile in pursuit of Morn Kofford and Peter Mickle, two members of the Robbers' Roost gang. They had stolen a herd of sheep and were running them in a canyon above Spring City. During the chase, one of the outlaws turned and Bhot Burns with a rifle. Undaunted, the wounded man returned fire and succeeded in hitting one of his assailants. Sneriff Burns, Sr., died while the murderers traveled on to Orangevilie and forced a sleepy doctor to dress the injured outlaw's wounds at 4 o'clock in the morning. They continued their flight north, and although their fate was not ever known, a rumor circulated among local officers that one of the men was killed in Arizona some years later. The Burns' boys made a life's pursuit to apprehend the men who had killed their father. J. K. Burns' life paralleled the life of his father perhaps in too many ways. After serving as Sheriff of Sanpete County, he returned to Mount Pleasant and became deputy sheriff. It was about 1921 when Mr. Burns moved with his family to Castle Sate, where he was town marshal and special agent for the Utah Fuel Company. On the evening of June 15, 1925, a black man naned Robert Marshall, approached Officer Burns as he stood leaning against the railing of a nearby bridge. Burns acknowledged the colored man by saying, "Hi,..What are you doing out this way?" The grim expression on Marshall's face revealed trouble. Suddenly he pulled a pistol from a paper sack and fired two shots in rapid succession. Burns tumbled to the ground while Marshall fired three more shots. He kicked Burns and hit him with the butt end of his pistol, shouting, "Take that, Whitie!" Before leaving the scene, Marshall stole Burns' gun, (40.00 in currency, and a money order payable to the Horth Sanpete Bank of Utsih for $100. Two young boys witnessed the ordeal and quickly reported the shooting. Marshall's dislike for Deputy Burns stemmed from an incident which had occurred two weeks previously. Officer Burns had seen Marshall looking around the post office. Marshall wore a gun. Burns removed the gun from Marshall's possession, and the black Ban held a grudga. Aftar the -5-
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324695
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j67f3x/324695