Sanpete 1896-1996

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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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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Sanpete 1896-1996
Description Sanpete 1896-1996 Unice McCurdy Senior Honorable Mention Historical Essay The headline on the Manti Messenger could have read on January 4. 1896 "We Are In." for Utah had become a state instead of a territory. People in Sanpete County probably didn't want statehood as it eliminated plural marriages. These people had all endured hardships, many arriving in tatters with the long miserable trek across the country to the promised free land and the right to accept the new religion. Joining the church with the promises of freedom and land, there was no way they could have ever imagined the trials they would endure. The immigrants were furnished handcarts to hold the few possessions they had been able to bring with them from their homes. Missionaries did not tell them of the practical bondage they would endure. Upon their arrival in Salt Lake City they were assigned to groups, depending on their skills, to go to various settlements. Each wave of immigrants encountered problems coming across America. Many did not speak English. Interpreters were furnished, and wagons were dispatched from the various settlements to escort them on the last part of their journey to protect them from Indian raids. By January 4, 1896, these people had survived the Indian war. They had built their settlements into communities, obeying the commands set forth by the church. My parents were young. Mom was three years old. Dad was nine years old. That day there would have been a family gathering of my dad's people, for it was the 63rd birthday of his grandfather. The subject of Statehood would have been discussed, but probably the talk was of winter damage and of families' and friends' survival. In 1896 both sets of my grandparents lived in Sanpete County. They were Warren S. and Ines (Funk) Whitlock, and Hans C. and Anna (Nielsen) Hansen. Whitlock's were Anglo-Americans from the Eastern states who had helped found the church. Hansen's were immigrants from Denmark. My ancestors were all assigned to Sanpete County. In forming settlements. Brigham Young tried to keep it from being an ethnic group. However, in 1896 the composition of Sanpete County was largely Scandinavian. In 1853. out of 80 families, 50 spoke 28
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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
ID 326757
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