Centennial History Of Cornish And Trenton, Two Unique Utah Towns

This article originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 1971 edition of pioneer Magazine. ON THE BIG RANGE, a centennial history of Cornish and Trenton, Cache County, Utah (1870-1970). A. J. Simonds; special collections Library, Utah State University.  250 numbered copies, 157 pages, $5.00. Cornish and Trenton (until 1907 one community) are virtually unique in rural Utah. […]

Reflections on Mormon Families

This article originally appeared in the Jul/Aug 1983 edition of pioneer Magazine by Richard Horsley , Researcher for Pioneer Books & Research Center For a number of years now it has been my privilege to gather information on the early prominent families which came to Utah as pioneers. My own lineage traces six Utah families […]

PHELPS, William Wines

This article originally appeared in Vol.50, No.1 (2003) of pioneer Magazine. by Janet Peterson Among W. W. Phelps’s many important contributions to the building of the kingdom was his writing the words to “The Spirit of God” and “Praise to the Man,” as well as numerous other hymns. William Wines Phelps was born in Hanover, […]

Orderville: a poem

By Michael Bennett Orderville … A chall’nging place to find; It lay somewhere along the byway Leading off the eight nine highway; Near to Bryce, towards Zion’s skyway, Somewhere there’s a town that left behind The wayward world, the 70s; No mind … We’d say, “’twas never my way.”   Orderville … the very sound […]

SNOW, Eliza Roxy: Zion’s Poetess

This article originally appeared in Vol.50, No.1 (2003) of pioneer Magazine. by Janet Peterson The prophet Joseph Smith often referred to Eliza R. Snow as “Zion’s poetess.” When she joined the Church in 1835, she was already a nationally recognized poet. After her baptism, she redirected her writing talents to uplift the Saints and teach […]

The Joy of Pioneer Music

This article originally appeared in Vol.50, No.1 (2003) of pioneer Magazine. by Louis Pickett As the year’s pass, I often think back on the happy times of my youth. In doing so I recall one of the fondest memories I have of my father. As the family would travel, whether in a horse-drawn wagon to […]

James Henry Rollins, Faithful Pioneer

The San Bernardino colonizers were called back to Utah by Brigham Young when Johnson’s Army threatened. Henry and his family heeded the call, leaving behind still another home. In Utah, they settled in Minersville where he opened a lead mine and served as postmaster. He spent most of his life there serving faithfully in the church as a Bishop and in other callings well into his 80’s. He spent his last years in Lyman Wyoming to be near his children, where he passed away February 7, 1899.

CARELESS, George Edward Percy

This article originally appeared in Vol.50, No.1 (2003) of pioneer Magazine. by Janet Peterson Named the “Chief Musician of the Church” by brigham young in 1865,1 George Careless’s lasting influence is evidenced by the singing of bis hymns every Sunday in a Latter-day Saint congregation somewhere in the world. George Edward Percy Careless was born […]

The Hurricane Town Bell

Hurricane Town Square, Hurricane, Utah – sup #280 At the turn of the 20th century the Hurricane Bell was first hung from a hay derrick near the northeast corner of the town square (State and Main Streets). When the Social Hall was constructed next to the bowery in 1908, the bell was removed from the […]

ALLEY, George H.

It is not difficult, then, to see this young man fitting perfectly into the scene, when, on April 3, 1860, the riders of the Pony Express began their mad, daring dash between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. He was ideally equipped for this adventure. His career as a "Pony Rider" began when he signed in at the Salt Lake City Station located on the east side of Main Street between First and Second South Streets.

JACKSON, Elizabeth Horrocks: Handcart Pioneer of 1856

“It will be readily perceived that under such adverse circumstances I had become despondent. I was six or seven thousand miles from my native land, in a wild, rocky, mountain country, in a destitute condition, the ground covered with snow, the waters covered with ice, and I with three fatherless children with scarcely nothing to protect them from the merciless storms. When I retired to bed that night, being the 27th of October, I had a stunning revelation. In my dream, my husband stood by me and said, 'Cheer up, Elizabeth, deliverance is at hand'. The dream was fulfilled.”

The Martyrdom & the Quorum of the Twelve

Three months before the martyrdom of the prophet  Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum, orson hyde wrote: Before I went east on the 4th of April [1844] last, we were in council with Brother Joseph almost every day for weeks; said Brother Joseph in one of those councils, “There is something going to happen; I […]

History of Mormons and Theatre – Part 1

A version of this article was previously published in The Mormons and Their Theatre, or The history of Theatricals in Utah, with Reminiscences and Comments Humorous and Critical, published in 1905 By John S. Lindsay The early Mormon pioneers valued and enjoyed dance and the theater, which was a dramatic contrast to other Christian denominations of the day. This was true […]

The Kirtland Temple

This article originally appeared in Vol.53, No.1 (2006) of pioneer Magazine. by Tiffany Taylor Atop a rise in Kirtland, Ohio, sits a stately white structure. Should you catch a glimpse of it at the right time of day, you will detect a slight shimmer reflecting off its plastered exterior. It is obvious that you are […]

CARLING, John Witt

Wagons for Fleeing Saints
John Carling and his son Isaac worked at making and mending wagons for the Saints who were being driven from Nauvoo. The mob violence became so intense that the Carling family decided to leave with the main body of saints. Brigham Young sent Heber C. Kimball to inform John that if he would stay until all of the Saints had been provided with good outfits, not a hair of their heads would be harmed. They remained as requested, though some wives complained that they would all be killed.

“The morning they were to leave, they were counseled to get to the ferry boats before the mobs were astir, and upon arriving at the ferry, the captain hurried them onto the boat and admonished them to be quick because they could see the mobs coming. Some were on horses, and others were running, but all with guns in their hands, and they were cursing. As the saints left the shore, they could hear the leader of the mob ordering his men to shoot. But as the men came to the shore, they stood still. It is told by some that two shots were fired but they missed the people in the boat.”