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The Little Telegraph Operator

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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 The Little Telegraph Operator
Description At one time a young Chinese gentleman came to the office to send a message. He admired Caroline and her great efficiency and proposed marriage. He said, "Me no care if you are Ameli-can." About this time Caroline's mother became very ill. This left the responsibility of the home on Caroline's shoulders. Often she would do the family washing before leaving for the telegraph office at eight o'clock in the morning, then come home in the evening to prepare the family meal and care for her mother. Even with all her hardships, Caroline grew to be a beauti-ful young woman. With her blue eyes, fair skin, and rosy cheeks she made an attractive picture. At that time there was a movement on hand urging the young ladies to dress in modera-tion. President Brigham Young was at the head of this move-ment. One time he was visiting Ephraim for conference. When he saw Caroline in her neat, simple dress, which was of bor-dered gray, figured cotton, along with her lovely figure and beautiful face, she attracted his attention. Brigham Young told one of his daughters who was with him at the time, that there was an example of beauty and simplicity in dress which his daughters and all other young ladies might well follow. (The skirt and her embroidered petticoat are now in my pos-session. Both are family keepsakes.) When Caroline was eighteen years of age she was appointed President of the Retrenchment Society of Ephraim, later known as the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association. In June 1877, she and Soren Staalesen were married in the St. George Temple. They, with another couple, traveled there in a wagon. Soren was not well at the time but they were young and hopeful and little realized the seriousness of his illness. They thought he would soon be well. There were no skilled physicians to advise them as to what was ahead. Caroline did all she knew to relieve her husband's suffering. She would go from him to her dear mother, who was so sick with stomach trouble that she often screamed with pain. In between caring for these two sick loved-ones she would also tend the telegraph office, which was now located in her home. This was not a very pleasant life for a young bride, to see those she loved continually suffering while she was trying to provide the nec- -71-
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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 325591
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf/325591