WILKINSON, Joseph Thomas

Submitted by David Smith Born: 26 March 1847, Manchester, Lancashire, England Died: 8 August 1919, Cedar City, Utah Originally published as “Active Useful Career Is Ended,” Iron County Record, 8 Aug 1919 Joseph T. Wilkinson, one of Cedar’s aged and most respected citizens, passed peacefully away at an early hour this morning. In his demise, […]

SAVAGE, David Leonard

Submitted by La Mar Adams Born: 25 July 1810, Leeds canada Died: 26, April 1886, Snowflake, Arizona A Savage Indian Pioneer Story David Leonard Savage was born July 25, 1810, in Leeds, Canada, converted to the Church there, eventually went to Nauvoo where he worked on the temple, and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley […]

HAGGERTY, Lucinda Catherine

Submitted by David Hinton Born: 29 Jan 1816, Branchville, Sussex, New Jersey Died: 26 January 1906, Deseret Utah Compiled by Lila B. Badger, a great-granddaughter Great-grandma, Lucinda Catherine Haggerty, and her twin sister Malinda were born 29 Jan 1816 in Branchville, Sussex, New Jersey. They were the 6th and 7th children born to John S. […]


Submitted by Cal Andreasen Born: Jan 21, 1875, Torslev, Hjorring co., denmark Died: Aug 28, 1961, Provo, Utah The Jens Christian Andreasen Family Immigrated America, 1889-1891 DANISH ANCESTORS I think I should tell a little about my husband’s (Axel’s) people before I venture too far into our lives together. In a faraway beautiful country of […]

YORK, Aaron M.

Submitted by Brad York Born: 27 August 1807, Bethel, Oxford, Maine Died 12 November 1881, Santaquin, Utah Aaron Mereon York (Sr.) was a convert of the Church. He was taught by two of the early missionaries of the Church, Daniel Bean and John F. Boynton who was to become a member of the First Quorum […]

HICKMAN, William

Born: 16 April 1815, Warren, Kentucky, United States Died: 21 August 1883, Lander, Freemont, Wyoming SUMMARY For over a year, I have been studying the life of the “infamous” William Adams “Wild Bill” Hickman. He is my GGG Grandfather through my mother’s line. Throughout my life, I was fascinated, but somewhat embarrassed, to be descended […]

BRINGHURST, William Augustus

Submitted by David Smith Born: 26 January 1839, Lionville, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States Died: 8 Mar 1912, Toquerville, Washington, Utah, United States Originally published as “Eventful Life Closed,” Washington County News, 21 March 1912. bishop William A Bringhurst departed this life on Friday, March 8 1912 having presided over the Toquerville ward for more than […]

Speak Your Piece | 13: Season 3, Ep. 13: A New Flag for Utah? A New Brand, Along With the Familiar

Date: November 15, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 13; 32 minutes long). To see the complete show notes (including  “topics discussed in time,” and photographs) Click here for the Utah Dept. of Culture & Community Engagement version  of this episode. Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here to see all the […]

Sanpete County Nicknames

From the Saga of Sanpete, 1969 Prominent in the lore of the town of Ephraim in Sanpete County are the nick-names that people are called and became known by. Often they were better known among their associates by their nicknames than by their given names. These names could be humorous or might be based on […]

The Building of Zion

This article originally appeared in Vol.53, No.1 (2006) of Pioneer Magazine. by Richard W. Jackson On July 25, 1847, a Sunday, the Saints held their first worship services in the Salt Lake Valley with meetings in the morning and afternoon. By the following Wednesday, Brigham Young and the General Authorities in the party had located […]


by Norma S. Wanlass, Manti, Utah  First Place, 1969 Historical Writing Contest Chief Walker and his Indians blamed “the Mormons” for the deep snow that first winter of 1849, and for the epidemic of Red Measles later on. What would they have done if they had seen us throwing those hundreds of dreadful, slithering rattlesnakes […]

HURST, Philip: Letter on Indian affairs in Sanpete County to the Salt Lake Herald

If government wants to know if there has been any Indian trouble here, let men be sent here to inquire; talk to the widows of Jens Larsen and David Jones, the widowed mothers of Thomas Jones and Nathan Stewart; visit the graves of the entire Given family; talk to the men who have rode night and day for hundreds of miles, trying to bring these marauders to Justice;

Tales My Grandmother Told Me

by Arlea H. Howell, Ephraim, Utah  Second Place the 1969 Saga of the Sanpitch historical writing contest Our early pioneer people brought with them from their homes in the old country many strange beliefs and superstitions. I can remember my grandmother telling me as a child that the sure cure for warts was to cut […]

On to Manti!

by Leah B. Lyman Manti, Utah  Originally published in The Saga of the Sanpitch, First Place, 1969 Historical Writing Contest Azariah Tuttle stopped his wagon in front of Fort Utah. The barking of dogs announced their arrival but the team paid no attention. The unexcitable oxen relaxed and drooped their heads in sheer exhaustion. The […]

Money and Trade

from Utah As It Is, by S.A. Kenner, published in 1904 While the object of the pioneers and those who came here soon after the first settlement was made was not the pursuit of wealth nor partaking in any sense of the nature of speculation, it still followed that transactions between man and man must […]