Ane Kristine Olsen Armstrong

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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
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Ane Kristine Olsen Armstrong
Description ANE KRISTINE OLSEN ARMSTRONG Lillian H. Fox Senior Division Honorable Mention Short Story Ane Kristine was the eldest child of Peter Olsen, who was know as The Dane From Kjaesgaard. Kjaesgaard was the city in Denmark where the Olsen family lived until they joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and moved to Ephraim Utah. This story about Ane Kristine begins when she was thirteen years of age. She and her family were with a company of immigrants who had crossed the stormy Atlantic in an overcrowded sailing vessel, and after sixteen days on the water they traveled by train to Winter Quarters where they purchased a team of oxen and a wagon to help them across the plains to Utah. Peter Olsen had sold his home and farm in Denmark for a substantial sum of money. With this money he helped purchase twenty-two ox teams and wagons for himself and other less fortunate families to travel across the country. The families agreed to refund the money someday and the agreement was a handshake. Some of them kept their promise. Ane Kristine said that one couple, who had a ten year old son, had only enough money to purchase a handcart. The captain didn't like the handcart idea but agreed to let them follow at the end of the line if Peter Olsen would help them when in trouble. A week before the company left, the husband became ill and died of cholera. The woman and son were determined to follow along pushing the handcart. They were only ten days along the trail when the woman became ill. She hadn't told anyone that she was pregnant. "[thought about them." said Ane Kristine, "and 1 decided that 1 could push the handcart and let the woman have my place in our wagon." Father talked to the Captain and they decided, since 1 was strong and healthy, that 1 could try. "It really wasn't that hard," said Ane Kristine. "The ten year old was strong and willing and we pushed together. When we came to a hill, father hitched the handcart to his wagon and the children got out and walked the hill." Ane Kristine laughed and said that she wore our her shoes the first week, and after that she tied her feet with pieces of old cloth and bits of leather, or if the road was sand she walked barefoot. When they reached rocky country, her feet bled and she wore out many pieces of leather. The hardest place was coming down the mountain from Wyoming into Utah where they followed narrow ruts in the road. When they reached Salt Lake 48
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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 326068
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