A Self-Made Man

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1994
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 326218
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Title A Self-Made Man
Description children were born in this home. By working hard and gradually obtaining land and some stock, Hans eventually ran 500 head of sheep. On December 27, 1887, their eldest child, Hans Lewis, died of typhoid fever, at five years of age. The fear of this dreaded disease necessitated holding the funeral outside during a snowstorm. Hans Christian had very little schooling, but he educated himself by studying many long hours into the night. On March 7, 1885, he became a citizen of the United States of America, an accomplishment of which he was very proud. He was also a man of great faith and willingly served in his Church. He was ordained a Seventy in 1884, at age of 23. He went out preaching the gospel with other men in town, and served faithfully as a ward teacher and in the Sunday School Superintendency as a counselor to Lars Nielson. Five additional children were born in the new adobe home which Hans built for his family with money obtained from the sale of his sheep. Hans Christian was to experience more tragedy in his life as three more children died as infants, and later another son was lost at age 21 in a car accident. Always civic-minded, Hans Christian served as President of the Town Board and also the Irrigation Board, making up water schedules which some people said could not be done, but he did it and the town continued using them for many years. He served on the School Board for many years. He purchased the Cedar Hill pasture for a group of men and was President of that company for a number of years. He was also elected County Assessor for three terms, which necessitated his taking the train from Fountain Green to Manti each Monday morning and returning the following Saturday evening for six years. Known for his honesty, fairness and dependability, and the calm, cool manner he had of conducting business, he was well respected by the people. He was employed as a clerk in Aagard's store and later was manager of it. Everything he did was done with precision, and when people came to him for advice, he took the time necessary to give the, well-thought-out answers. Hans Christian was a surveyor and a Notary Public, drawing up many deeds for people. His beautiful penmanship brought numerous requests for him to make out documents, although he purchased a typewiter and taught himself how to type in order to do his most important papers. He was also a Justice of the Peace for over eight years, performing the marriages of fifty couples during that time. He served as the town's 153
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326060
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