A Grand Daughter Remembers

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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
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326790
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Title A Grand Daughter Remembers
Description He was a pioneer, sure, by birth, by training and by life-long practice. When, as a boy, he herded stock, he looked forward to the time when he might have cattle, horses and sheep, and land of his own. He knew it would be long and hard, yet when he got to the end he could look at his work and know it was good. He took the old Mt. Pleasant Co-op herd on shares. His contract called for payment in kind, not money: so many pounds of wool per head and so many lambs per hundred sheep per year. With sheep shearing three pounds and two to go on shares, the necessity of improvement was apparent. John went to California and bought French Marino rams. He returned to California and bought purebred ewes. Thus he started his breeding operations with "Thoroughbreds," a common name for the sheep at that time. In the meantime he bred up his share sheep until he had a couple of well-graded herds of his own. He quit the share business and started his own sheep operation. John H. Seely and Margaret Folkman Peel were married on January 15, 1880, in the Salt Lake Endowment House. John had two horses and one cow, and a small amount of money. With the two horses and a borrowed wagon, and in the company of a number of others, John and Maggie started for Salt Lake on January 10 to be married. Heavy snow had fallen. They reached Fountain Green the first night Mona the second. Pleasant Grove the third, fourth in Cottonwood, and the fifth day Salt Lake City. They were guests at the home of Patriarch Hyde. Friends learned of the newlyweds. They came with noisemakers and shivareed them. John bought shrimp for the crowd. While in Salt Lake they went to ZCMI and bought a stove, dishes, a lamp and a clock. When they got back home to Mt. Pleasant, Maggie's parents had an elaborate wedding dinner at their home, and John and Peter Anderson, another bridegroom, gave a wedding dance. The entire town was invited. John had S35.00 left. He and Maggie went to Antone Beauman's furniture store and bought a bed, six chairs, a rocking chair, a table and mirror, for which they paid $35.00. John's brother. Wink sold his home to John and Maggie for $200.00. That was the beginning of their life together. Four children were bom in that home. John bought 200 acres of meadow land in Chester, for which he gave a horse. In 1887 they moved into a larger home, on the corner of Fifth West and First South. Another story was added. John and Margaret 96
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326691
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