Adelia Belinda Cox Sidwell

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 29
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1997
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Adelia Belinda Cox Sidwell
Description They enjoyed nineteen years of marriage when her husband George met with a fatal accident His foot was severed at the sawmill in Joe's Valley on September 21, 1883. Fate took nearly all the property her husband's foresight and untiring efforts had accumulated, leaving her a widow with eight children to raise. She and her children struggled for existence on the boulder-strewn quarter-section of sagebrush land at the mouth of Manti City Creek Canyon, In the 1870s suffrage was given to the downtrodden females of Utah, a new field for her ever active mind. She industriously studied the laws of the land and territory of Utah, so that she could intelligently cast her vote. Not slow to see the inconsistencies in the laws, she often brought it to the attention of the lawmakers, asking them to make those amendments. In 1884, when the women of Utah were disfranchised because "they had revolted against their husbands," she became an active suffragette, almost a belligerent one. She found sisters of the same heart and mind, and with them organized a Suffrage Society. Manti soon became a hotbed for women's rights. Almost single-handed she built their adobe home, when her oldest son Gideon was seven. She cleared the land, planted crops of grain and alfalfa and set out fruit trees and flowers everywhere. As children, my friends and I would visit the Sidwell home Having to wait for the second table to eat (our parents ate first), we would go exploring. It wasn't uncommon to find iris plants or vines known only in the valley growing among the sagebrush on the hillside and up in Funk's Canyon. She had planted flowers all over the land where crops could not be grown. A favorite story I remember was the night she heard the chickens putting up a terrible racket. She awakened her two sons, grabbed her heavy apron and ran for the coop. Arriving in the coop, she found the source of the trouble was a bobcat looking for his supper. When her sons finally arrived with a club, she had found it necessary to 34
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 29
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326553
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