Grandpa Celebrates Utah Statehood

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
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Language eng
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Title Grandpa Celebrates Utah Statehood
Description Grandpa Celebrates Utah Statehood Helen A. Wilson Senior Third Place Historical Essay Grandpa Jensen started his journal for the year 1896 by recording, "Utah became a state at New Year's. The Republican party is in office, and there were great celebrations all over Utah." One day in 1994, 1 was reading The History of Manti, by M.F. Farnsworth, and found the following: "Statehood: The speech given by Bishop Hans Jensen who. if possible, aroused more enthusiasm in the hearts of the now assembled populace, whose breathings of prayer and thanksgiving to Almighty God was ascending as sweet incense to the throne of mercy for these blessings vouchsafed to the people of this land." After reading this statement, I wondered what Grandpa had said in that special meeting, held on January 6, 1896, in the Tabernacle. Then I found the answer on the front page of the Manti Messenger, dated January 10, 1896. The whole program was printed there, and the speech by Bishop Jensen was included. He began: "Gentlemen and Ladies and fellow citizens of the State of Utah: We have come together on this great occasion to celebrate the position we are now taking to the United States, having the privilege to have Statehood instead of Territorial government. There are many things of different natures that must follow the admission of Utah. We have heard it said that the burdens would be harder to bear for the people. I will say that I have lived long enough in the State of Colorado to find that the taxes were not so heavy as in Utah a few years ago. The people will not be burdened more than they will be easily able to bear. The expense of State government will perhaps be a little heavier than before, but a State government is certainly so much more profitable than what we have today that we will not think of that. We are now shown respect by the people of the United States, and we are now one of them. Now we do trust that peace may be our lot. This has been a Happy New Year. May it be a year of peace among ourselves, and in our Nation. May we respect what is just and right. When I started out as a boy of 17 or 18, I became acquainted with armies and navies. I say God deliver us from the evils of war. Peace now and all the time is to be desired and good to our Nation. We have a State Constitution which is 23
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
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Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
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