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Andrew Christian Nielson Jr Builder, Contractor, Teacher, Husband, Father

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 27
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1995
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 326335
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm

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Title Andrew Christian Nielson Jr Builder, Contractor, Teacher, Husband, Father
Description ANDREW CHRISTIAN NIELSON JR. BUILDER, CONTRACTOR. TEACHER. HUSBAND. FATHER Robert D Nielson Non Professional Honorable Mention Historical Essay He was known throughout Sanpete County, and particularly in Ephraim, as Chris Nielson. Chris. "Mormon Preacher." or A C Nielson, Contractor One of nine children, two girls and seven boys, he was born to Andrew Christian Nielson. Sr . and Maren Kirstine Anderson Nielson on December 23, 1870 Their home base was a farmstead known as Shumway. located between Ephraim and Manti, just east of the area known as "The Swamp." which was inundated by the Sanpitch River from about October to May of each winter under normal precipitation The soil was good Water from the springs and from Willow Creek Canyon was available for good crop productions "The Swamp" produced good wild hay- mostly "skunk grass", some wire grass and other sedges-all good for livestock production A pond was created by damming and impounding the outflow of the Shumway Springs The water was diverted to irrigate adjoining pastures Chris was the second eldest of the seven boys The two girls, Daugmar and "Winey" were older Antone, "Tunny," the oldest was not robust and died while in his teens That left Chris, Otto. Lauritz. Canute. Joe and Oscar Chris, Sr . and Maren emigrated from Denmark to practice the Mormon religion When the farming practice was established at Shumway. Chris Nielson Sr. was called to serve a church mission in Denmark Because of his enthusiasm for the Mormon Doctrine he acquired the name of "Mormon Preacher" This left Chris. Jr and his brothers, under the supervision of their mother and two older sisters, to run the farm with some hired help But farming was not challenging to Chris, Jr Building things was his prime interest By 1912 Ephraim was a thriving community It needed a safe and reliable supply of culinary water The Big Spring in the left-hand fork of Ephraim Canyon was tapped and the water piped about five miles to a headhouse on Little Hill, just above the town, where !he water was stored It provided a supply of cold clear water under pressure for serving the residents and businesses of Ephraim Chris was the main force in building the concrete headhouse Chris and his brother Lauritz filed a mining claim in Pigeon Hollow to quarry oolite (fine limestone) for building stone The quarry, along with the adjacent Parry's Quarry, provided stone for many buildings throughout Utah Limestone from these quarries was used in the construction of some of the Hearst Castle Complex in San Simeon, California A loading derrick was built on a siding of the D and RG Railroad near the Pioneer Cemetery to facilitate shipping the heavy stones by rail It was big business in the early twentieth century Chris, in cooperation with o!her Ephraimites built the Social 66
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326240
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm/326240