Footsteps to Zion

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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
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 326649
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Title Footsteps to Zion
Description My father had been offered a position for the winter, so decided to stay in Iowa until spring, but the Saints came to us so many times to see my parents and urge them to travel with them, so, after talking it over with Mother, he said, "Well, Well go with them, live or die." We started on our perilous journey of 1300 miles with 576 Saints, and before we had been on the road a third of the distance, the handcarts broke down, being made of unseasoned wood, poorly put together and overloaded. An early winter set in, progress was slow and soon provisions began to give out. Smaller grew the allowance, causing strong men to become weak and women to suffer terribly. Blizzards raged and snow-covered mountains had to be climbed and, in the face of freezing weather, bedding and clothing had to be discarded when it was needed most, for loads were too heavy. Every day took its toll of lives, and graves had to be dug in the snow. Before we left Iowa, my dear mother had given birth to a son, Peter. She was naturally weak with the care of a nursing baby and five other children. Father was weak from want of food, having denied himself for us. The terrible strain of the journey was too much for him and one night, on November 11, near the Sweetwater, he passed quietly away at the age of 35. Our little baby brother died the same night They built a fire to thaw the ground so a grave could be dug, then, with my baby brother clasped in his hands, they wrapped him in blanket and laid him tenderly away. My darling mother had to take up the journey alone with her five children. Provisions were almost gone, desolation reigned. The company passed off the main road to what was named Martin's Ravine, to escape the terrible blizzards and storms, for we had little clothing and had given up all hope. Death had taken a heavy toll and the ravine was tike an over- 61
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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 326566
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