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.”

Defender: The Life of Daniel H. Wells

temple Quarry Chapter hosts Online Meeting WHEN: Thursday, January 13, 2022 WHERE: Quintin Thomas Wells is the great-grandson of Daniel H. Wells, and is an accomplished professional genealogist, an experienced researcher, an author, film and video producer, businessman, highly-skilled investigator, and a former CIA case officer.  Born in 1941 in Salt Lake City, Wells […]

Speak Your Piece | 8: Season 2, Ep. 8, Sons of Utah Pioneers, their magazine “the Pioneer,” & their 125th statehood anniversary issue

Podcast Introduction: This episode includes William  W. Tanner, the publisher of the Sons of Utah Pioneer’s (sup) magazine; Wayne Hinton, the organization’s 2020 national president; and Thomas Alexander, the 2015 national president, all engaged in a discussion with Speak Your Piece host Brad Westwood, about this all-male Utah history organization: its origins, it’s membership (today […]

Speak Your Piece | 15: Season 2, Ep. 15: “My Life in [1950’s] Carbon County [Utah]:” A Conversation With Dr. Ronald G. Watt

3.15.2021 (Season 2: Episode 15; 76 minutes) Click here for the Utah Dept. of heritage & arts Show Notes for this  Speak Your Piece episode. Introduction: In this episode of Speak Your Piece, historian Ron Watt describes his latest book, which is part memoir, part county history and part geography tour of 1950s Carbon County. […]

Speak Your Piece | 6: Season 3, Ep. 6: Mormon Laborers, Working on the Transcontinental Railroad (1868-1869)

June 28, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 6: 59 minutes). Click here for the Utah Department of Culture & Community Engagement show notes for this Speak Your Piece episode. The show notes includes additional links and sources.  On this 24th of July (Utah’s pioneer Day) the Golden Spike National Historical Park is inaugurating an annual event […]

This is Her Place Putting Their Art Into It: Minerva Teichert, Ruby Chacon, and Jann Haworth

Public art is more than simply art in a public setting. It says something about a place and its people, bringing meaning to shared spaces.

At a time of intense discussion of the community values reflected in public art, we take up the question of who and what are represented in public art through the lives of three muralists whose work has transformed the visual arts landscape in Utah:

Minerva Teichert, a 20th-century painter with Mormon pioneer roots who was the first woman to paint a mural in a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints;

Ruby Chacon, a Chicana artist and teacher whose murals dot her native Salt Lake City and across the West; and

Jann Haworth, a pop artist and co-creator of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, who is working on a mural featuring Utah women that will be unveiled later this year.

This is Her Place Making It: Violet Bear Allen, Ann Cannon Woodbury, and Angela Brown

Utah has a deep history of crafting and DIY spirit. This episode digs into that spirit as we highlight three women who brought it to life:

Violet Bear Allen, an elder in the Skull Valley Band of Goshute who was known for her gift in beadwork
Ann Cannon Woodbury, an early settler in St. George who was a leader in the lesser-known pioneer handicraft of silk production

Angela Brown, a photographer, editor of SLUG magazine and founder of Craft Lake City

Each of these women represent a part of the state’s tradition of industry and thrift, and all of them had a role in preserving artisan crafts as a cornerstone of Utah culture.


Past National sup President BY BOB FOLKMAN My year as president-elect of the SUP corresponded to Dick’s year as past president. To be associated with him in service to the sons of utah pioneers was an honor. We travelled together to many chapter meetings in two states to train and encourage local leadership. Dick was […]

Keeping the Legacy Alive

The sons of utah pioneers commitment to honoring our pioneer heritage This article originally appeared in Vol.55, No.1 (2008) of Pioneer magazine. By Angus Belliston, 1994 SUP President What’s really so special about the pioneers? Why do we talk about them so much? Why do we find it so pleasing if we happen to have […]

September 9, 2020 Message from the SUP National Executive Committee

Following next week’s announcement of the president-elect voting outcome and the swearing in ceremony, the next major event will be Area training for Chapter presidents, past-presidents, presidents-elect, Secretaries and/or Secretary/treasurers, and other Board members that the Chapter Executive Board would like to invite to attend via zoom. The schedule we have adopted is for two […]

CHILD, Robert Rumel

Robert Rumel Child, 53, prominent sup member and Salt Lake building contractor, died August 4, 1970 in a Salt Lake City hospital after a lingering illness. Former director of the Associated General Contractors of America, Mr. Child has built hospitals, schools and industrial plants throughout Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming and Colorado. He was formerly employed […]