First Experiences in Utah

Ground was flooded and the first plowing in the valley was begun on July 23 by the advance party. The next day saw the planting of potatoes and corn, for the colonists clearly foresaw the necessity for haste if anything was to be grown in the short season left. The colony was increased materially in […]

The Making of Utah’s Dixie

This article originally appeared in Vol.54, No.4 (2007) of Pioneer Magazine. by Colleen Whitley Given the persecutions and extremities the Latter-day Saints had suffered in Missouri, Illinois, and crossing what was then called “The Great American Desert,” it was only natural that they did not want to be dependent on “outsiders” any more than was […]

PRATT, Orson

This article originally appeared in History of Utah, Vol.4 by Orson F. Whitney This famous Apostle and Pioneer, one of the most prominent figures in the founding of Utah, was born at Hartford, Washington county, new york, September 19, 1811. His parents were Jared and Charity Dickinson Pratt, aud his father’s ancestor, Lieutenant William Pratt, […]

SNOW, Erastus

by Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah Vol.4 The pioneer who shared with Orson Pratt the distinction of being the first among their famous band to enter salt lake valley was a prominent Elder and soon became an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Of all the distinguished characters surrounding brigham […]

All the Corners of the Earth

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] This article first appeared in Pioneer Magazine 2010, Vol.57 No.1 In the first years following the 1847 founding of a refuge in the West, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, under inspired leadership, achieved a remarkable work. It began to conquer a desert, establish a core of settlements, gather thousands of refugees […]

NEFF, John II: The Money Belt

This biography originally appeared on Born: 19 September 1794, Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Died: 9 May 1869, East Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, USA The money belt John deserves a place in every gallery and history where the makers of the State are commemorated. Before joining the Church he was a wealthy and influential […]