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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
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Gleanings
Description Gleanings Clara J. DeGraff Non Professional First Place Historical Essay Manti, named for a Book of Mormon locality, had been perking along for some 40 years by 1896. It's weekly newspaper, the Manti Messenger, publishing today, was busily reporting local happenings, with general news items also covered. State historical accounts detail the many petitions made by the Territory of Utah for statehood prior to 1896; these petitions were filed with Congress repeatedly for years, with continuous refusals. Until 1890 the hue and cry in Congress when a petition surfaced was always "polygamy." Then, on October 6. 1890, President Wilford Woodruff issued the document called the Manifesto, abolishing polygamy as a Church practice. A short time later he gave this statement: "Inasmuch as laws have been enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriages, which laws have been pronounced constitutional by the court of last resort. I hereby declare my intention to submit to those laws, and to use my influence with the members of the Church over which I preside to have them do likewise." He included in this announcement that the Endowment House in Salt Lake City had been demolished. Gone then was the excuse for Congress to deny statehood. Encyclopedia information, citing Spanish ownership of vast lands which included what became the Utah Territory, records that the region passed to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican War. The Territory was created in 1850 with Brigham Young as the governor. However, the Territory was reduced through subsequent congressional action creating other territories, with the remaining Utah boundaries as they became when statehood at last arrived. Despite the shabby federal treatment of the Mormons, their allegiance to the United States never wavered, and they always desired to be part of it. Statehood petitions were the norm. The local paper in 1893 carried a few items about statehood petitions, although these were on-going. One would think that three years after the Manifesto, opposition would have evaporated, but such was not the case. On October 13. 1893, typical of coverage, the following was printed: "The parties who borrowed two of the city scrapers and took them from the city hall square, would do the supervisor a favor by 51
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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 326705
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