Forty-niner in Utah, page 103

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Title A Forty-niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Jounral of John Hudson, 1848-50
Creator Hudson, John, 1826-1850
Subject Frontier and pioneer life; Letters; Diaries -- Authorship; Mormons
Subject Local Mormons --Utah--Biography; Frontier and pioneer life --Utah; West (U.S.) --Description and travel; Utah --Description and travel
Description John Hudson, artist and writer, chronicles his travels from New York City across the Plains towards California to partake in the Gold Rush. What was to have been a temporary stop in Salt Lake City stretches to sixteen months and includes participation in Captain Howard Stansbury's expedition of the Great Salt Lake.
Publisher Tanner Trust Fund University of Utah Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Contributors Madsen, Brigham D.; Cooley, Everett L.; Tyler, S. Lyman; Ward, Margery W.
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah, the Mormons, and the West, no. 11
Coverage Time: 1848-50
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Holding Institution J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.
Source Physical Dimensions 14.75 cm x 23 cm
Source Characteristics Printed Hard Cover Book
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Kenning Arlitsch; Jan Robertson
ARK ark:/87278/s6v1242x
Topic Mormons; Frontier and pioneer life; United States, West; Utah; Letters; Diaries--Authorship
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327931
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 103
Description July 1850-May 1852 here idea who and take up a Piece of Ground and farm I believe he Got the (which I try/d to dissuade him from.) from a Dr. Vaughan he became acquainted with in one of his fits of Sickness for he / was often Laid by, in fact I did not Consider his Constitution fitted him for our Mountain exposures, and the rough Scenes of a New Settlement, but He Started of with this Dr. Vaughan to S. Peete in the fall of 1850, then Vaughan & John. H. had no family soon after they had arrived there John took a Cold which was accompanied loss of "71 oxen, 38 cows, 3 horses, and 14 head of young stock." Living in wagon boxes and tents and with few provisions, the desperate members, nevertheless, shared their scanty supplies with the local Indians and baptized Chief Walker into the church. The following summer they converted another 120 out of the 250 Ute Indians living in the region. The natives were not always friendly and early settler Andrew I? Shumway wrote, "we were Surrounded with indians within sight. But the Lord sent the Measels among them, which caused them to die off like rotten sheep & through our kindness in Administering to them that were Sick & burying their Dead & feeding them, they re- mained peaceable most of the time." After a year of effort, the Sanpete settlement needed strengthening because some of the discouraged Saints had given up and moved back to Salt Lake Valley. With a call for people of moral and rehgious faith and probably at the direct request of his friend, Isaac Morley, John Hudson accepted the assignment to be one of the one hundred settlers chosen to travel to Sanpete Valley where he was to play out the last scene of his life. Dr. Vaughn may have had some influence in the decision but quite probably Morley's missionary zeal and Hudson's strong spiritual nature made the difference. Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of Utah (San Francisco: The History Company, Publishers, 1890), p. 313; Manuscript History, November 1849, p. 16, March 1850, p. 25; Andrew Purley Shumway , "Reminiscences, " n. p., L.D.S. Archives; Deseret News, 14 September 1850; Andrew Love Neff, History of Utuh (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, l94O), pp. 155- 56; Jensen, L. D.S. Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 1, pp. 235-36. I1 Very little is known of Dr. John M. Vaughn. Apparently he was practicing medicine in Salt Lake City as early as March of 1849, when Leonard E. Harrington recorded that "I had the misfortune to fall and break my arm, which was very badly set by Dr. Vaughn and was nearly useless for the whole winter." At this time all medical doctors were received with some suspicion by Utah settlers; Vaughn may have been just one of the poorest of the lot. He did run the following advertisement in the Deseret News of July 12, 1850: "J. M. Vaughn M.D., Physician, Surgeon and Oculist, Well known in the States as a successful practitioner, having located in G.S.L. City for the practice of his profession in its various branches, will be promptly attended to any call with which he may be favored. "Though a graduate of the Old School, Dr. V. is wedded to no sect, or system of medicine, but is ever ready to avail himself of all the lights that shine upon the Healing Art in its present highly improved condition. Particular attention paid at all times to surgery, and diseases of the eye. All necessary operations performed upon the most complex organs of the body. Office at the house of Timothy B. Foote, Block 138, near the Bath House." Dr. Vaughn seems to have been rather active in medical affairs in the city. Patty Sessions, a prominent midwife at the time, mentioned on July 31, 1850, "I then went to the Medical Meeting; Saw a Doctor Vaun and heard him and Dr. Benson talk." Leonard E. Harrington, "Journal of Leonard E. Harrington," UHQ 8 (1940):19; Sessions, Diary, pp. 69-70. 103
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Source A Forty-niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Journal of John Hudson, 1848-50
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-14
Date Modified 2005-04-14
ID 327788
Reference URL