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Commendably - Meritorious

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 08
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1976
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325605
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf

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Title Commendably - Meritorious
Description Becoming a Minuteman in the dramatic early days of Sanpete County involved serious decisions, rigorous response and peri-lous conflict. Some of the men gave their lives for common defense. A wife of a Minuteman could not have been classed as quer-ulous. She braved the fatiguing journey from Salt Lake City to Sanpete County in a covered wagon, over harrowing sagebrush-rutted roads and settled in a crude cabin, to cook inadequate food, make clothes for the family, for which she even carded the wool and spun yarn for the material used. A spinning wheel was almost in constant use. Knitting stockings for winter-warmth was accomplished in spare-time. Interruptions of chores was expected in a family of the Minuteman. It was not uncommon for an unwincing wife to per-form uncompleted wearisome tasks, or to tackle the strenuous work of her courageous companion. One Minuteman (to whom the author was closely related) had his first-born child stolen from his wife by an Indian while he was away on one occasion. Being young in years and petite in size, his wife's grievous rescue- efforts were in vain. However, their next door neighbor was a huskily-built woman, who surpris-ingly tackled the Indian and rescued the little boy. Returning him to the welcoming arms of his beloved mother promoted over-whelming joy and everlasting gratitude. Unlike the National Guardsmen of today who are trained, organized and armed by the Federal Government, the Minutemen had little training. Hurrying to encounter hostile Indians and to repel their attacks, these lion-hearted men of Sanpete County were unquestion-ably worthy of acclaim. In extreme cold of winter time they were known to march all night in hard-crusted snow that lay two feet deep in the Sanpete Valley. Progress was difficult in their defense efforts against the ruthless night raiders. With the usual cluster of houses, surrounded by a stockade and centered with a blockhouse upon which a cannon was mounted, Manti became a place of refuge for pioneer settlers who were driven from their homes by marauding Indians. -44-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325521
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf/325521