Mormon Panorama

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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
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Language eng
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Title Mormon Panorama
Description MORMON PANORAMA Marjorie Madsen Riley 2003 Lincoln Circle Salt Lake City, UT 84117 Senior Citizen Division Second Honorable Mention Personal Recollection There were two Latter-Day Saint Church Wards in Mount Pleasant when I was a child, the North Ward and the South Ward. What a division: The Union and the Confederate, no less! Friendships, social affiliations, and competitive events were based on memberships of the two Wards. Should a family move from one Ward to the other, it was as though the move had been made to another town. Loyalty was strong so, of course, I always thought my own Ward the better Ward . . . I recall with nostalgia the North Ward Meeting House in the center of what was called the church block. The white stuccoed adobe structure seemed large but, actually, it was rather small. Perhaps the tall steeple, the vestibule to the front, and the red brick Relief Society Hall addition to the rear gave inpressions of its being larger than it really was. It boasted no spaciousness, no frills like plush carpeting or soft drapery. But it had stature. Somehow, the eight or ten steps leading up to the heavy double doors, the 1eaded windows, the large steeple bell, and the surround-ing poplar trees added dignity to the edifice. Understandably, a sadness came to my heart the day the old North Ward Meeting House crumbled to make way for a new, modern structure. This meeting house, when construction was completed in 1870, served the church membership of the entire town. Prior to its being built, church meetings were held in the Social Hall, a small 30' x 45' building erected in 1862 on the south-west corner of the church block. This building, complete with stage, really was a social hall, but because of its mea-ger accommodations, only a limited number of people could attend any one function. Stories indicate that crowds gathered early for dances, filling the hall and making it necessary for orchestra members to enter through a back window. Later, the Social Hall was used as a guard house and as town council chambers, as well as for scout meetings and auxiliary church meetings. Eventually, the white stuccoed building was torn down. -134-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
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