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 […]

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.

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.

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.”

Meet W. Laird Dummer: 2024 National President-Elect Candidate

As a President-Elect candidate, I fully support the recent National officers’ focus on sound initiatives to help the organization grow in membership and strengthen our ongoing programs. These initiatives include, among others, new advertising opportunities with Roots Tech, LDS Living Magazine, and targeted YouTube videos. Additionally, I support the continued development of our library to […]


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 […]

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 […]

ASHTON, Thomas

Thomas took a very active part in the planning and construction of Lehi's first water ditch and was one of the city's first water masters, when no salary was attached to the office. He was also very active in planning and building Lehi's first bridge across the Jordon River.

President’s Message: December 2021

This is a cherished time of year as we move from Thanksgiving to Christmas followed by 2022, the New Year ahead.  We look forward with anticipation. The current year of 2021 has been a wonderful year despite all the issues that have needed special attention.  It appears we are making progress as we traverse our way through the various strains […]

Speak Your Piece | 3: Season 3, Ep. 2: “Topaz Stories: Remembering the Japanese American Incarceration”

June 2, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 2,  48 minutes).  Click here to read the Utah Dept. of Culture & Community Engagement show notes for this Speak Your Piece episode. This episode of Speak Your Piece is based on a digital exhibit Topaz Stories: Remembering the Japanese American Incarceration, and includes selected readings of some deeply […]

Speak Your Piece | 7: Season 3, Ep. 7: “Run it up the Flagpole…” Utah Considers a New State Flag

Date: June 21, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 7; 55:28 minutes). Click here for the complete Speak Your Piece shownotes for this episode. Podcast Content: In this Speak Your Piece episode, three guests: political historian Ronald Fox, State Representative Stephen Handy and State Senator Daniel McCay, discuss the idea of a new flag for Utah. Law SB-48 […]

Hearts of the Children

The grieving father places the lifeless, frozen form of his ten year-old son in his mother’s lap as she sits on the ground, in the snow. He picks up his broken shovel and a borrowed pick and steps off the trail a few paces to make a grave, the second in so many weeks.

COX, Orville Southerland

Occasionally, the monotony of the bellows was broken in other ways. For example: At one time, oxen were brought to the shop to be shod that had real hard hoofs, called “glassy hoof.” Whenever Deacon undertook to drive a nail in, it bent. Cox straightened nails over and over, as nails were precious articles in those days, and must not be discarded because they were bent. After a while, the boy said, “Let me.” He shod the ox without bending a nail. Thereafter, Cox shod all the oxen with one and all that came to the shop.

BENSON, Benjamin

By Philip Wayne Ercanbrack: Third great grand-son of Benjamin Benson My name is Benjamin Benson, I was born in 1773 in Maple, Rensselaer, New York. I was a farmer most of my life and also learned the trade of Millwright to help support our family of 12 children with my wife, Keziah Messenger. In the […]

ATKIN, Thomas Jr.

When the call came in late 1857, for men to defend the church against Johnston's army, Thomas and other Tooele men responded. The Tooele contingent, under the command of Major John Rowberry, was sent to Echo Canyon, October 10. They remained in Echo Canyon until December 1.

CLARK, Joseph

Written by Daughter Hannah C. Pike My father, Joseph Clark, was born in Clinton County, Ohio, April 26, 1828. His Parents, Samuel and Rebecca Garner Clark, were sturdy pioneers. He was fortunate in being raised in a large family of children, his parents having thirteen sons and daughters. His early life was spent on a […]

Speak Your Piece | 6: Season 2, Ep. 6 (1 & 2 combined) Darren Parry and his book “The Bear River Massacre: A Shoshone History”

Podcast Info: On 29 January 1863 Col. Patrick Connor and his California Volunteers (US Army, Camp Douglas, Great Salt Lake City, Territory of Utah) rode down a snow covered bluff and attacked a Northwestern Shoshoni winter village–on the Bear River, in the far northern section of Cache Valley, 1.6 km from the present Utah and […]

Warnings Against Novels

This article originally appeared in the May/June 1972 Issue of pioneer Magazine The reading and writing of fiction was looked upon with some askance by early Mormon leaders. There persisted the fear that to delight in anything imaginative was to give oneself over to the senses, thus leading to sensuality, sexuality and sin. In “Mormonism […]