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Friendly Indians

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 07
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1975
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6154f64
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325315
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64

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Title Friendly Indians
Description FRIENDLY INDIANS Tulula Nelson Mt. Pleasant, Utah Senior Division First Place Short Story Willard Frandsen was born into a polygamous home, the youngest son of ten children. The two mothers in this home were sisters, each having five children. Later a third wife came into the family, and she and her family lived in a house near the edge of town. As in all pioneer families, there was much work to be done. Will, at a very early age, was given the job of herding the cows. The brushland outside of town was used for the settler's milk cows, but someone must watch them and not allow them into the fields of alfalfa and grain. Will loved the freedom of roaming the countryside. Other boys his own age,and sometimes young Indians,would come to play with him. Their care-free ways and strange customs made much fun for them all. He learned their language and taught them some English words. His mother often wondered why one small boy could eat so much lunch, especially the ripe tomatoes and summer apples she sent with him. The little Indians loved his bread and butter and especially the apples and vegetables. One day some Indian got Will to come to their camp to eat with them. When he saw the mother roasting grasshoppers on the open fire and shaping dough flat cakes on her leg above her knee, he suddenly lost his appetite and made a dash for home. He loved to wander with the Indians in the Cedar hill where they would hunt bird nests and eggs. He would try to get to the tree stump first where a bird had built a nest, but their light feet would usually outrun him. One time he was first, but when he thrust his arm into the dark hole a large black snake jumped out beside his arm. His friends had a good laugh at his fright as they loved the wild creatures and often played with black snakes and tarantulas. In September, 1872, Brigham Young came to ask Will if he would go to Thistle Valley and tell the Indians the peace treaty ending the Black Hawk War was to be signed in Mt. Pleasant. He could talk the Indian language quite well, and the prophet promised him safe return if he would go on this mission. Will was willing to go, since he had more love than fear for the redman. Also some of his young friends lived there. Early one morning he left with the message and found Wapet, the leader, delivered the message, and the Indians followed him back to sign or make their mark on the document. He often told his children how he got his ears boxed by an Indian. Will's father was giving an Indian some flour. When he lifted the 100 pound seamless sack to pour some into the Indian's sack, the flour clogged. Will put his hand into the sack to keep the flour pouring freely. The old buck misunderstood the gesture and gave him a sound slap on the side of the head. His father said nothing, just figured the boy had received a lesson. -66-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 7
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325250
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64/325250