Wednesday, November 29, 2017


*(An article by the Editor, Hal Edwards in the Richfield Reaper, tells us about the train that serviced Mt. Pleasant, and other towns in Sanpete and Sevier Counties.) “It was affectionately known as “The Sevier Valley Creeper. Unless you lived in Sanpete County. There it was the “Sanpete Creeper.”
The “It” was the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad which linked the outside world to Sanpete and Sevier counties when the Marysvale Branch line was completed into Gunnison and Salina in 1890, later into Richfield in 1896.
The passenger train operated daily to Richfield, making a round trip back to Salt Lake City via Sanpete County and joined the Rio Grande’s main east-west line from Salt Lake City to Denver in Thistle.
But in 1949, after two years of substantial revenue loss, the passenger train was discontinued, bringing an end to an era which was one of the most significant breakthroughs in the history of southern Utah. ...However, freight trains continued to operate into the area regularly until April, 1983, when a giant mudslide near the town of Thistle covered the tracks.
But for nearly 90 years the small but important branch line, which provided this area’s only railroad service, was a major part of southern Utah’s economic development.The railroad actually brought service into Gunnison before 1890, providing service to the Sanpete County communities of Mt. Pleasant, Ephraim, Manti and Gunnison. 
...The story is told of the engineer, James M. Bolitho, who, when pulling into the depot, shouted to the crowd, “Git out of the way, I’m going to turn her around.” While most didn’t realize that was impossible, they scurried out of the way, expecting to see some kind of miracle!
The same story is told of Mr. Bolitho when he took the first train into Marysvale, Sept. 9, 1900. A historical account of that situation stated a panic, occurred in which two women were knocked down by the crowd, another fainted and a wagon driver who had contracted to haul mail to the south got so excited he drove his shiny new rig into a ditch and broke a wheel.
Perhaps the only reminder of what was once this area’s most important transportation mode will be remembered in Haywire Mack’s legendary song, [sang by Burl Ives], “The Big Rock Candy Mountain,” a song of the Rio Grande Railroad in southern Utah.”  

Thursday, November 23, 2017


These things I know to be true! 

The Lord wants you to have a spirit of gratitude in all you do and say. Live with a spirit of thanksgiving and you will have greater happiness and satisfaction in life ..Gratitude will turn your heart to the Lord and help you recognize His influence and blessings in your life. Even in your most difficult times, you can find much to be grateful for. Doing so will strengthen and bless you.

The following links are all about Gratitude as Latter Day Saints:

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Overland Hotel ~~~ Deseret News ~ April 4, 1967

In the early 1900s this building was a creamery owned and operated by  Ole Hansen and the Barton Brothers.  It was organized in 1892.  The creamery was the first in Mt. Pleasant and third in the territory.  After the death of Mr. Hansen, it was turned into the Overland Hotel.  It was located at approximately 80 South State Street.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

REMEMBER WHEN ~~~ 1975 ~ From the Alice Hafen Collection

Assorted Photos from the Alice Peel Hafen Collection

Front Row L to R:  Soren M. Nielsen, John Seely,  Don Nielsen,  Floss Nielsen, Linda Seely, 
Back:  Lou Seely, Carol Nielsen, Don Nielsen?, Nielsen
Airbase Runway, circa 1960

Mary Napier Rowe 

Emil Hafen
Son of Lizetta Ott Hafen 

Clarence Barton, Arthur Mills, Jess Ivie

The General Superintendency of the Deseret
Sunday School Union  1901 
Lorenzo Snow, Joseph A. Tanner, George Reynolds 

(On the back it says: Sheepherder Camp in the early days) 
Maybe an Hunter Camp

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

JOURNEY OF FAITH ~ Eric and Caroline Gunderson ~ Written by David R. Gunderson

With permission of David R. Gunderson, we include the following book to our blog.   I will do a few increments at a time, as I have done with the Andrew Madsen and James Monsen histories.  I will also paste the pages over to David's own blog page:
This book will be of interest to not only the Gunderson Family but also to the BrothersonEricksenPeel,   Madsen, Larsen and more.

Erick and Caroline Gunderson

Ships 1Ships 2Ships 3Ships 4
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Monday, November 13, 2017


Eliza Araminta Becksteadand Orson Pratt Lee 

One of the most very special features at the Relic Home is the Display of carvings done by Orson Pratt Lee.  In this display there is a prairie schooner with oxen and pioneers at the side animals and also Indians that he handcarved.  But there is also a chain of wood that he has carved out with no seams.  It is approximately 20 feet long.  He was a very talented fellow.
The Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum also holds such a carving display by Orson Pratt Lee.

We did some research on him and this is what we found.
After he married, he moved to Marysvale.  We certainly appreciate the carving display that was given to the Mt. Pleasant Historical Association in 1924.

His obituary follows: