A Pioneer Mother

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 18
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1986
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325758
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Title A Pioneer Mother
Description Indians were getting more daring each day and conditions showed no visible sign of getting better. The month of April wore to a close, and the month of Hay found conditions becoming more precarious and alarming as time went on. It was decided by the community council that for the safety of the women and children, they should be moved to the fort in Mt. Pleasant, which would provide more protection and security. Inasmuch as the Mt. Pleasant fort was located six miles to the south, it would take careful planning to insure their safety as they traveled south. At this particular time, the roads were poor, muddy and almost impassable. They were not much better than just a trail. The transportation was limited to walking, with an occasional vehicle pulled by horses or oxen. About the middle of May, a small caravan of women and children left Fairview going south toward Mt. Pleasant. They were under heavy guard. Some were riding, but most were walking. Helena Rees Anderson, a young mother in her twentieth year, was typical of the other young mothers. Helena had her month-old daughter carefully wrapped in a blanket, and the only conveyance she had was her two legs. As she held her child close to her, she walked along the dim dirt road, alert to the fact that at a minute's notice the Indians could come rushing out of the cedars to the west and challenge them for their lives. Little did she realize that the baby girl she was carrying would become, in the far-off future, a maternal grandmother of a United States Senator from Utah, serving with distinction in the halls of Con gre s s. She did know the journey was long, rough and dangerous. Each mile was harder to take, but with the determination and courage of a pioneer mother, it was worth every step of the way. As the little caravan came in view of the fort which straddled Pleasant Creek, it must have been a welcome sight. The women and children stayed at the fort until the late summer when the crisis was 9
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 18
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325634
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