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Journey to Utah

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1998
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6vh5m0s
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326508
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5m0s

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Title Journey to Utah
Description JOURNEY TO UTAH Roxie N. Washburn Senior Third Place Personal Recollection This past summer (July 1997), I was privileged to visit "Devils Gate," Wyoming. I spent sometime there at the monument that is placed on the hill overlooking the "Martin's Cove" where the terrible tragedy occurred with Martin Handcart Company of 1856. As I quietly sat there, many thoughts went through my mind as I remembered the stories that had been told to me as well as the histories I had read. A little later I walked to "Devils Gate," and again these stories came flooding back through my mind. Lars and Bodil Madsen lived in Svinnenge, Osherred, Denmark, in the old family homestead with surrounding cultivated fields along with their seven children, five sons and two daughters. Lars was born April 19, 1795. His wife, Bodil Nielson, was born January 14, 1808. They were devout Lutherans, walking nearly two miles each Sunday to attend church in Asmindrup. Then the Mormon missionaries called on them and became regular visitors, teaching and converting the whole family to the LDS church in 1S54. In 1855, the family decided to sell the farm, put some money in the Perpetual Immigration Fund, and emigrated to the United States and Utah. The farm was to be paid for in three yearly payments, so only part of the family could come each year On November 23, 1855, five of their children left Copenhagen for the long journey. They were Neils Peter, 23, Andrew, Margrathe, Jacobine, and young Neils, just 12. Lars and Bodil's courage and faith must have been very strong to watch their young family depart. Some months later, Lars, Bodil, and Christian, their youngest child, left for America, leaving their oldest son, Mads 28
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Identifier 038_Journey to Utah.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326439
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5m0s/326439