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He Was Quite a Man

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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
ARK ark:/87278/s60863fm
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 He Was Quite a Man
Description North Bend, and Elisha was keeping a record of this place Across the Cottonwood River, he helped James lay up his place (build his house) on 12 March 1860 Three days later he began building the fort wall with thirty men By 1 April 1860 the wall was up seven feet high with gates to close Although there was always worry about Indians, life was more secure now to be settled inside the fort By June. Elisha was settled enough that he made bellows and began blacksmith work again Smithing is hard work and Elisha was not a young man, he was 47 years old with three wives to support and numerous children The word blacksmith conjures up visions of horse shoes and horses to me. but I noticed that he never mentioned anything about a horse but said, "He made bellows and did some iron work " Most iron or metal objects needed in the settlement were hand-made by the blacksmith Elisha stales in his journal that on 30 June 1860 he "took a tramp in the mountains looking for timber and surveying the road " On the next day he was appointed to take charge of making the road to Birch Creek Canyon and began two days later with thirty-three hands That road is still in use today, not built by an engineer or a road builder but simply by a get-things-done man helping settle a new territory By 13 October 1860 he had finished harvesting twenty acres and got it in the stack The next da> he shaved and dressed a dead man for Dr Wadds and did not know his name James's daughter Lucy's clothes caught fire, causing her death the day after 26 October 1860 The Superintendent of the Common Schools came to North Bend 12 November 1860 to organize the School District Number 5, and Elisha was elected trustee number one Again, he didn't wait for better weather but held a meeting on 25 November 1860 and called on the people to build a school house the next week On 12 April 1861 he gave one yoke of oxen to the poor fund to go back to Missouri for the saints Life was busy. Elisha was smithing, watching over the school, farming, keeping a record of the church, and his young wife Sarah Ann was adding children to the family Both he and James were divorced from one of their wives Misfortune struck again 12 July 1861 as Elisha was thrown from a wagon The fall split the bones of his arm and injured him so that he was unable to work for some time There are no journal entries for six months until 1 January 1862 when he records that the President of the church sent word for the saints to pray three times a day for the government, as the North and the South were fighting as Joseph Smith had predicted The people of North Bend met in mass on 18 February 1862 to choose two delegates to attend a convention in Moroni These delegates' responsibility was to nominate candidates for the coming election Elisha was one of the delegates The 72
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Identifier 082_He Was Quite a Man.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326261
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm/326261