On to Manti

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 01
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1969
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s67p8wh3
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
ID 326017
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s67p8wh3

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Title On to Manti
Description bridges as we went. We reached the chosen valley November 22, 1849, too late to make much preparation for the winter that was upon us. He camped near the creek in our wagon boxes and in a few days it began to snow. Soon it was more than three feet deep and still coming down. We were forced to seek the shelter of the south side of the hill that projected out into the valley. Some of the saints made dugouts in the hillside, while others used tents and wagon boxes for shelter." The recounting of these events was painful, his voice choked and tears flowed down his cheeks. "I hope I never see another winter such as that," he went on, "The men and boys shoveled snow daily, piling it into winrows to provide shelter for our horses and cattle, and also to uncover the dry grass for our starving animals. We even sharpened the horns of our cattle to make it possible for them to break through the crusted snow and find feed for themselves and also to help them to protect themselves from wild animals. "We lost many of our horses and cattle that winter, but it was not a total loss. We gave them to the starving Indians camping near by and they greedily devoured them to ward off starvation. Even they had never seen snow so deep. It was as if the Almighty God was testing our faith in every possible way. "Spring of 1850 arrived. With the warm weather came a new terror. Myriads of rattlesnakes came from crevices in the hill. Hissing their way into the homes of the saints, they wriggled and writhed about in their boxes, beds, cupboards, or anywhere they could get. With the aid of pineknot torches, we killed nearly five hundred of the reptiles in one night and soon had the country rid of this latest menace. The remarkable thing was that not a soul was bitten. In spite of everything we had endured we all came through the winter in good health." There was a sigh of relief but no one made a comment. When the narrative was resumed it was in a lighter vein as if the crisis was past. "In August of that year President Young visited us and christened our town Manti, in honor of one of the notable cities told of in the Book of Mormon, He also named the county, changing the name of Sanpitch to Sanpete. To make sure that wo did not neglect the education of our children, he furnished part of the money for the erection of a school house. Jesse W. Fox 10
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 1
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 325996
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s67p8wh3/325996