The Danish People Among Us

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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 The Danish People Among Us
Description Brigham Young sent the Danish people to Sanpete to establish a settlement. Three weeks later, they arrived at the Allred Settlement (Spring City) but found the colony deserted, some of the crops still in the ground. The Allreds' had moved to Manti, seventeen miles further south where there was a large fort providing protection from the Ute Indians who were on the warpath. The Danes arrived, hungry, broke and in a strange land where they could not speak or understand the language, and they knew the eyes of the hostile Indians were upon them. They had not lived near the mountains, and here the high peaks seemed to be staring down on them forbidding and cold. They knelt in prayer and then went to work digging the tew small potatoes the Allreds' had left in the ground, patching up the empty cabins, gathering grass for their oxen and hunting and fishing for food. They had been in the Allred Settlement a few weeks when Brigham Young sent word telling them to move as quickly as possible to the Manti Fort for protection. He had been informed that the Indians were planning to attack all the outlying settlements and that this was one of them. Manti people had been told to expect them. Piling their few belongings into wagons and cans they headed for Manti. The Indians moved in behind them and burned the settlement to the ground. They arrived al the Manti fort December 15. 1853. The Manti people were in no condition to care for so many people. They had been in the Sanpitch only four years with many problems of survival. The Danes moved into their old deserted fort near a new one just constructed. Here they again patched up leaking roofs with willows and cleaned the Utter from the dirt floors of the cabins that surrounded the inside walls of the fort. There was not enough room for so many families, so some of them lived all winter just outside the fort in their covered wagons with only cloth stretched over their heads for protection, their food that winter was the small frozen potatoes that had. brought with them from the Allred Settlement and smutty wheat. However, they suffered more from lack of clothing than from food. They were grateful for protection from the Indians. With the coming of spring, the Danes moved out and homesteaded the land. Some moved back to the Allred Settlement, some moved to Pine Creek (Ephraim), and some remained in Manti to build homes. Victor Rassmussen made the following statement: "About 900 Danes joined the Church between the years 1850 and 1870. Most of them had been rejected by their own people. Nevertheless, 2
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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 326191
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