From Deputy US Marchal to Flotsam and Jetsam

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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 From Deputy US Marchal to Flotsam and Jetsam
Description polygamists in Sanpete County lived in the larger towns. Deputy Marshal Clawson's home was in one of them, Ephraim, but he made his presence less apparent by spending much time in Mayfield, which was small and somewhat remote. It was there that he met and ingratiated himself to Hannah Joe Christiansen- She was newly widowed, and Joseph Christiansen's death left her with sheep and cattle to care for. Managing livestock is a man's work and Clawson offered to help Hannah. That he was an officer and should be constrained by the duties of office to be honest may have been a reason she accepted. Also, and very important, he should know how to transact business. In truth, many of the men selected by the Federal Government to govern Mormons during Territorial days were not noted for integrity; and some were rascals and tormentors. Clawson contrived to get himself appointed the legal administrator of the Joseph Christiansen estate. He oversaw the shearing of the flock and delivered the wool clip to the railroad station in Manti, Utah, and received payment for the wool. In the absence of a complete written or oral record, it becomes necessary to imagine how and why succeeding events took place. Suppose. . . After receiving payment for the wool, Clawson reversed his role in the game of hide and seek. He quit seeking for polygamists and went into hiding with Hannah's money, and Hannah Joe had to engage in the game of hunting for the deputy marshal and her money. Probably Clawson did not plan to abscond with the widow's money, but intended only to use it as a bankroll for winning a pocketful of money for himself, after which he would deliver the wool money to its owner. He knew that some of Butch's Wild Bunch were holed up in Provo, surmised that they would be well supplied with dollars and anxious to gamble for more. 61
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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 325687
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