Early Indian Encounters

from Utah As It Is by S.A. Kenner, published in 1904 Editors Note: This article contains a perspective that we believe is accurate for the period. We recognize that the language used in this article might be uncomfortable and not be considered appropriate today. Nevertheless, we believe there is much to be learned by acknowledging […]

HAGGERTY, Lucinda Catherine

  LUCINDA CATHERINE HAGGERTY AYERS PETTY 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. Haggerty and his wife, Catherine Welch. One little sister, Mary […]


Submitted by Keith Lawrence Santaquin, first settled in 1851, was originally called Summit City because it was laid out near the crest of the mountain divide between Utah and Juab valleys. Its name was changed to Summit Creek in 1853. With its plentiful water, fertile land for farming, and abundant groves of trees for firewood, […]

Pond Town

Submitted by Keith Lawrence The site the pioneer settlers eventually named Salem was known to local Timpanogos indians as “Summer Spring,” which referred to a clear spring which flowed to the surface in a sandy hollow and drained through marshlands toward Utah Lake.  The first Saints to discover this natural spring were David Fairbanks and […]

Settling of Utah Valley

This article originally appeared in Vol.58 No.2 2011 issue of Pioneer Magazine From Whitney’s History of Utah: Trouble at fort utah It was with reluctance that the Timpanogos indians who met the Higbee colony in March, 1848, permitted the first white settlement on Provo River and that, too, in spite of the invitation previously extended […]

PRATT, Helaman

Submitted by Tony Tidwell, Great-Grandson, From Histories by Bertha Pratt and Janae Olson Helaman Pratt, was born May 31, 1846 at Mount Pisgah, Iowa, the oldest child of Parley P. Pratt and Mary Wood Pratt.  The Pratt family spent the summer and winter of 1846-47 in Winter Quarters.  In the summer of 1847 they left for […]

WOOLSEY, Thomas: Journal Entries

[On arriving at the South Fork of the Platte River, they decided to follow along the bank, and passed an old deserted Indian village. An east wind blasted their faces, and the temperature plummeted. They were forced to take shelter under the bank of the river, where they slept on the ice. The weather was so cold that six inches of the tail of one of their mules was frozen.]