People Who Made a Difference Pioneers and Sheepmen of Our City

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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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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326218
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Title People Who Made a Difference Pioneers and Sheepmen of Our City
Description The first setters we find recorded were George Washington Johnson and his son, Amos Johnson, who were sent from Santaquin by the leaders of the L.D.S. Church, to explore this valley for a settlement. They liked what they saw, a pretty valley nestled at the foot of the Sanpitch Mountains on the west and the majestic Mount Nebo to the north, a green meadowland with a natural spring of cool, clear water flowing down the mountain side. "This is the place for a new settlement," they decided. With the help of a surveyor from Manti, Albert Pettie, a plot for the town was chained, and the name...christened Fountain Green. This was in July 1859. Soon settlers came; log houses were built. A school building a church and industries started by these Pioneers who brought with them from their homeland, culture, refinement. They were an industrious people with the desire to build and build well. Fountain Green is located in the center of Utah, between high mountain ranges for sheep and cattle raising, and to the west, a desert-type range for winter feeding and herding, ideal for stockmen. Both cattle and sheep were raised, but soon the sheep industry became the more important, and flocks increased. A few sheep had been brought in by the Pioneers. This industry gave work for men, women and children, and provided food and clothing. One early settler, Andrew Aagard, started his business by trading his watch for one black ewe, nearly every year this ewe had twin lambs. Mr. Aagard came from Denmark to Utah in I860 and to Fountain Green in 1865. He would lease some of his sheep to different, interested men to start a flock of their own. Mr. Aagard's sheep were returned to him and he would tease them out again: thus flocks continued to increase. In time, as flocks increased, there were many of the generation who followed the sheep and wool industry. The names of Aagard, Allred, Anderson, Collard. Cook. Holman, Jackson, Jacobson, Johnson, Livingston, Oldroyd, Olsen, and Robertson became prominents in the sheep business. By 1900 there were quite a number of good-sized herds of sheep in Fountain Green, summering on the mountain and wintering on the desert in Juab, Millard. and Beaver Counties. These sheepmen were cooperative, working well together, and soon decided it would be to the advantage of all concerned to organize for shearing , selling wool, developing water on the desert, buying supplies, and building a shearing corral. The first known shearing corral was built and used in Jericho, soon to become a well-known place, in 1908 with William Collard as corral manager. The Fountain Green Woolgrowers Association was 34
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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 326165
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