The Trials of an Army in Utah

Rumors of an army being sent to Utah proceeded the receipt of more certain news that arrived in Utah Territory on July 24, 1857. Not knowing the intentions of the Army, brigham young and militia officers began military preparations. New Military District were created.  Apostle George A. Smith was sent south through Utah Territory to […]

RIGBY, William Frederick Littlewood: A Great Pioneer Colonizer

Strangely, it was the arrival of Johnson’s Army and the establishment of Camp Floyd that enabled William and other pioneers to begin a move to prosperity. The building of the camp with Government money gave support to scores of laborers and mechanics. The soldiers with their paychecks were also liberal in their spending. William was able to buy oxen, a wagon, and new clothing with his higher earnings.

WRIGHT: John Pannell

In conversation with Bishop Maughan they were advised to try to find a suitable location on the Logan River, and accordingly set out again the 5th of June. They next formed a camp near the site of the old Brigham Young College and here they decided to remain. A survey of the land was immediately begun and the brethren cast lots for their locations. This was the beginning of our beautiful city of Logan, June 1859.
Although John Pannell Wright was a member of the second group to locate on the site of Logan in June 1859, he is generally given credit by old historians as having been the father of our city. Apparently it was he who did the first surveying here and who designated the little settlement by the name of Logan. Apparently after Brother Wright and his son had surveyed a few blocks of land, which they did by only measuring with a tape or chain, there was a drawing or lottery for the purpose of acquiring home sites. ) They also helped build a bowery under which they held their meetings.
They harvested their grain on Summit Creek (Smithfield). They often carried their guns in one hand and their shovels in the other. They succeeded in yielding good crops, as high as forty bushels of wheat to the acre. Mr. Wright left his tracks in the snow while cutting the last of the grain.


from History of Utah, Vol. 4 by Orson F. Whitney Adam Speirs, ex-Alderman of Salt Lake City, and present Bishop of the Tenth Ward, is a native of Beaver, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where he was born July 7, 1834. His father, Thomas Speirs, came from Scotland with his parents in 1826, while his mother, Mary […]

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.

ALLSOP, Thomas Hill

When more people came to Sandy, Mr. Allsop sold some of his land. Later he donated land for the Church site and cemetary. He gave Sandy a big bowery where large parties could go and dance and have weenie roasts. The bowery, the reservoir and Allsop's Lane was known to all the people of Sandy and surrounding communities.

BOOTH, Edwin

This biography originally appeared on 1833 – 1906 edwin booth was born in the English town of Blackley Lancashire England on September 12, 1833. His parents joined the “Mormon” Church and migrated to Nauvoo in 1840. At the age of 14 Edwin signed on as a cabin boy on a riverboat that operated between […]