Faith of Our Fathers

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
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 Faith of Our Fathers
Description met on the ship coming to America, walked all the way, carry-ing their nine-week-old son. Their first child had died after living only ten days. After arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in 1859, Peter was advised to continue south to the Sanpete area by President Brigham Young, He arrived at Fort Ephraim and went to work helping harvest the crops and hauling wood. Having no place to live, Peter and Mary built a dug-out with a roof of willows and dirt, and here they made their first home. When summer came he made adobes and built a house. It was only a one-room house with a stone floor, but it had a glass window, and was better than living in a cellar. However, when the rains came and it was a very long, difficult winter, much of their time had to be spent in the cellar because the roof of the house leaked and they could not keep dry. As their family grew, so did their problens. Times were were very hard amd there was constant fear of the Indians. When the Indian War began in 1865, Peter was called to go and serve, as were many others. He was also called to join a group who went to help work on the railroad at Echo Canyon in 1868, where Brigham Young was the contractor. This gave them many things that they had not been able to get before. Peter brought Mary her first stove and many of the badly-needed supplies. He continued his industriousness by building a five-room house and planting an apple orchard. Being a good carpenter, Peter made many fine pieces of furniture for his family and others. Believing that the practice of plural marriage was a true principle that would bring great blessings, Peter Ahl-strom took a second wife, a girl of nineteen who was also from Sweden. These two wives bore Peter 21 children. In l874 he was called to go to St. George to help build the first temple in Zion, which he felt was a great privilege. A few years later, when work began on the Manti temple, Peter was given a steady job as a carpenter and a blacksmith to repair the tools used on the building. He built a shop on the hill which he used all the time the temple was being built. He would work six days a week and then walk seven miles to Ephraim to see his families. -73-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325369
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