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Settlement of Sanpitch River Basin

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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 Settlement of Sanpitch River Basin
Description Ephraim and the Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant were built and still exist. The town of Ephraim was settled in about 1857 (sic ), mostly by Danes, Norwegians, and Swedes. It was nicknamed "Little Copenhagen." Many of the immigrants had common names, especially the surnames, but were not related. Included in this group were the Hansens, Petersons, Christensens, Olsens, Larsens, Jensens and Thompsons. There were several Peter Petersons and Peter Hansons, so some form of identity was in order. Nicknames were assigned. Pete Petersons were "Petey Bishop," "Long Peter" (he was the tall), "Smiley Pete" and "Stingy Pete " Pete Hansens were "Shingle Pete," "Cooper Pete," and "Baylor (Bailer) Pete." Possibly this had some influence in the selection of "Sanpete" for the county name. The communities worked in harmony and had common interest. Agriculture flourished. Sheep-raising was the most significant ranching enterprise. Mt Pleasant became world renowned for its purebred Rambouillet breeding. Fountain Green was know as the most wealthy settlement in Sanpete County on a per capita basis. Ephraim built and operated the Ephraim Pea Canning Factory, as well as the Ephraim Creamery and Ephraim Salt Factory. Most settlements had their own grist mills to process grain products. Limestone (oolite) from the quarry was an important export commodity. Sanpete Valley was a good place to raise a family, with many opportunities to work on the farms, factories and mills. Opportunities for education and church participation were abundant. But with expanding families, some had to seek, employment elsewhere. Families moved out and scattered, which was the case in most towns in rural Utah. For example, seven children from the AC Nielson, Sr. , "Mormon Preacher" family of eight sons and daughters stayed in Ephraim, Only eight of the 139
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326475
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5m0s/326475