Tribute To The William and Sophia Daniels Family Reunion

Update item information
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
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6df6pc6
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324900
Reference URL

Page Metadata

Title Tribute To The William and Sophia Daniels Family Reunion
Description where William would await the arrival of his beloved wife and children-9-year-old Christen, 5-year-old Josephine Marie, and 3-year-old Fredrick. That December, with the exception of Fredrick, the family group would once again be together. Fredrick died while aboard ship after contracting measles. Sophia could not bear to have his body left somewhere along the way, so she wrapped him in a blanket and carried him off the ship. In this same blanket she carried him on the train, all the way from New York to Ogden. In Ogden it was discovered and little Fredrick had to be buried there. A few weeks after the arrival in Sanpete County, Hyrum Smith was born, thus making the family complete. Having been a stone mason while in Copenhagen, William worked on the construction of the Manti Temple for about eighteen months. At this time, after having "a falling out" with a Bishop over some irrigation water, he apostatized from the Latter Day Saint Church. He had joined as a young man after leaving Mechlenburg, Germany, his birth place, to go to Denmark. A few years later he rejoined the Church and was a faithful member the rest of his life. Late in 1875, William purchased several hundred acres of land west of Moroni, built a two story adobe house and started his new life. Most possessions had been left in Denmark. Until the railroad was built in 1885 a lot of the furniture had to be built by hand. It took hard work on every family member's part to clear the land and get crops growing, especially with the scarcity of proper tools. In addition, barns and corrals had to be built, stock acquired and cared for, fences erected, and irrigation canals and ditches dug. There were the never ending "Perils of Nature" to deal with. There was the threat of the mighty Sanpitch River overflowing its banks and flooding the farmlands, as it had done so many times before. Grasshoppers and other insects could wipe out the entire crop for the year, and quite often did. Too much rain, too little rain, threats of hostile Indians going on a rampage again -- these fears were con-tinually with then. -27-
Format application/pdf
Identifier 037_Tribute To The William and Sophia Daniels Family Reunion.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 9
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324891
Reference URL