Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Mountain Meadows Massacre

 Mountain Meadows massacre

In September 1857, local militia and Indian allies in southern Utah murdered about 120 emigrants who were traveling by wagon to California. The dead included men, women and children, and the perpetrators were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The site was 35 miles southwest of Cedar City.
It wasn’t until 1875 that John D. Lee was tried for his part in the massacre. While an estimated 40 to 50 men participated in the massacre, Lee was the only one to ever go to trial. Although the first trial ended in a mistrial, a second in 1877 found him guilty.
Lee was executed at the site of the massacre. He sat on his coffin to pose for a photo. A Smithsonian article states, “an hour before noon, he shook hands with the men around him, removed his coat and hat and faced the five men of the firing party. ‘Let them shoot the balls through my heart!’ Lee shouted. ‘Don’t let them mangle my body!’
“On U.S. Marshal William Nelson’s command, shots rang out in the ravine where so many shots had rung out 20 years before, and Lee fell back onto his coffin, dead.”

Monday, October 14, 2019

Tracy Kathleen Madsen Johansen Has Passed On

Tracy Kathleen Madsen Johansen

1/5/1966 ~ 10/11/2019

Tracy Kathleen Madsen Johansen, 53 of Mt. Pleasant, Utah, passed away October 11, 2019. Born January 5, 1966 in Gunnison, Utah to John Clyde Madsen and Leslie Kathleen Conner Madsen. Married Steven Earle Johansen March 9, 1984 in Sterling, Utah. She is the mother of Jaclyn (Jeff) Lewis and Justin (Josee) Johansen. Funeral services will be held Saturday October 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center. Viewings will be held Friday October 18, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. prior to services both at the North Stake Center. Interment in the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery under the care of Rasmussen.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Halloween Folklore ~ Escalante Petrified (and Cursed) Forest ~~~ White Lady Ghost ~ Red Lady Ghost

PHOTO: IrinaK/Shutterstock

Escalante Petrified (and Cursed) Forest


Escalante Petrified Forest is a beautiful state park. Thousands of visitors come to marvel at its 150-million-year-old wood–and then occasionally take a piece home. That’s when they discover that this petrified wood has pretty strong opinions about being moved. Rangers say that tourists often mail back the wood they stole claiming they’ve been plagued by bad luck and hope that returning the “souvenirs” will make it stop.


A White Lady is a type of female ghost, dressed in all white reportedly seen in rural areas and associated with some local legend of tragedy. While White Lady legends are found in many countries around the world, they are most prominent in parts of the United States, Ireland and Great Britain. Common to many of these legends is the theme of loss of a daughter, husband or father and a sense of purity before death (as opposed to the Lady in Red (ghost).

And Both Were Last Seen Here:

Friday, October 11, 2019


Larue Draper Seely Brotherson 

LARUE SEELY was asked to write two poems for the DAUGHTERS OF PIONEERS.

L.D.S. Temple

L.D.S. Temple
Manti Temple
Genealogy Quote

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from."

~Alex Haley