Pioneer Stories

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TRADITIONAL Pioneer Stories

Since 1933, the National Society of Sons of Utah Pioneers has been dedicated to honoring and remembering our great pioneer forefathers and mothers.

We must never forget the great heritage they gave us – a heritage of faith in God – of devotion to family – of loyalty to church and country – of hard work and service to others – of courage in adversity – of personal integrity and unyielding determination! We must never forget!

All of us have heard and been inspired by the stories of the famous early pioneers of the West. However, there are many of our ancestors whose stories are not known – except to a few. These little-known pioneers deserve recognition. Your children and ours need to know more of their own heritage, to be inspired by their lives, by their examples of faith in God, and by the other pioneer virtues they exemplified.

MODERN-DAY Pioneer Stories

There are many great men and women today whose lives also reflect the pioneer virtues that inspired the lives of the early pioneers.  Today’s challenging world also calls out for the same faith and purpose, the same sacred values that were required of the early pioneers.

Who do you know that has made a big difference for good in today’s world – whose life stands as a shining example to others in our day?

Remember, it is the character of the person, the pioneer attributes that made them what they were, the contributions that made their life rich and meaningful—these are the things to emphasize in your story.

Every accepted submission will be published on the SUP website and will be preserved in a special collection in the SUP Library.

Featured Pioneer Stories

AVERETT, Elisha – A Pioneer and His Fife

HE WOULD MAGNIFY HIS MASONARY GIFTS AND TALENTS. ORSON HYDE CALLED ELISHA TO SETTLE DIXIE AND HIS FAMILY ANSWERED THE CALL AND WOULD CONTINUE TO FOLLOW & MOVE WHERE HE WAS NEEDED.... ELISHA AND TWIN ELIJAH WORKED IN CONSTRUCTING ST. GEORGE, MANTI, AND SALT LAKE TEMPLES AND WERE ALSO INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING COVE FORT, KANAB FORT, DIXIE COTTON MILL (IN WASHINGTON, UT.), PIPE SPRING FORT,ARIZONA, HEBER TABERNACLE, AND MANY OTHER HISTORICAL SITES.

ASHTON, Edward

Edward was apprenticed to a man who would teach him how to make shoes. He was bound for three years for his board and room, and his mother paid the sum of six sovereigns (approx $30.00) for his apprenticeship. This was not a happy experience as he did not get enough food and it was not of the highest quality, and he was required to do all kinds of work besides the trade he was supposed to be learning. The man was most unkind and Edward suffered a great deal of abuse as his employer routinely beat him.

RIDING, Christopher Lister: Tinsmith

Christopher's skills were needed in St. George because the temple was under construction there and he was the only sheet metal worker in the Dixie mission at that time. However, there was not enough business in St. George to provide him work, so he secured a little four-wheeled cart and an ox. He loaded the cart with tin ware and tools and visited all the towns in southern Utah, exchanging his ware for flour, potatoes, butter, cheese, etc. He made most of his wares from waste cans as it was difficult to ship in sheet tin. People saved empty cans and metal ware of all kinds for him. His store of wares consisted of buckets, milk pans, tin cups and plates, lamps, canteens, coffee pots, wash boards, etc. The ball on the St. George temple and the one on the St. George tabernacle are Christopher Riding's work, as is the metal work on all the public buildings erected before his death. The tin-covered sphere on the temple remained until October 25, 1994, when it was replaced with a fiberglass model as part of a renovation project.
Christopher was a loyal member of the church although he was never active in public affairs due to the fact that his work kept him away a great deal of the time. He was a great reader, spending every evening in this way.

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