Andreas Olsen - His Testimony and Life in Utah

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 09
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1977
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 Andreas Olsen - His Testimony and Life in Utah
Description in my bosom, inspiring more love and admiration of the Great Creator of all things. "In this frame of mind I used to say or often think, 'If we can feel so here in Babylon, how much more so must they feel in Zion. ' "I had no love or desire to remain here in Norway, even parental love was not strong enough to hold me. I disposed of my all, worked my way to New York, traveled to China and the Philippine Islands and saved enough to immigrate a family of five persons from Norway to Utah, which I had promised to do before I left Norway besides my own fare to Utah." After arriving in Utah, my father accomplished many things. He worked in the Flag Staff Mine in Alta, Utah, where the lived of the men were in danger many times because of the snow slides which were prevalent at that time. In 1880 he took out an invention for improvement of the construction and propelling of navigable vessels. Also, in Montreal, Canada, in the Province of Quebec that same year, the patent office gave his invention the title of "0lsen's Pontoon Steam Vessel." That is where he gained his nickname of "Steamboat Olsen," which he was known by in Ephraim. At one time he planted one thousand prune trees in the foot hills two and a half miles southeast of Ephraim. When they grew and bore fruit, he sold them by the train carload to a Mr. William M. Roylance of Provo. Father was a very accomplished carpenter, an art which he brought from Norway. He made and sold caskets and beauti-ful white horse-drawn hearses. He taught carpentry in the Snow Academy from 1895-1907. He was also called to assist in the workmanship of building the Manti Temple. His main responsibility was working on the winding stairway. We used to go to the Temple to be baptized, I remember father re-minding us to walk up the circular stairs and slide our hand along the railing and note if we felt any joints in the wood. We found it to be very smooth. It was quite an art to bend the wood and at the same time make smooth joints. So this is a well-known fact that Andreas Olsen helped build the wind-ing stairway in the Manti Temple. After the dedication of the Manti Temple he was called to work as a carpenter on the Salt Lake Temple. -104-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 9
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324788
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