Hilda Anderson Erickson-The last pioneer to die
1. What year did the last pioneer die that crossed the plains prior to the construction of the railroad in 1869?
(C) Levi repaired a violin
“When father was able to, he preached the Gospel as often as possible. While on a mission in Indiana, he stopped at a building where 400 people had gathered to dance. The man who was to furnish the music could not get his violin to work. Father’s shoes were gone, and his pants were holey at the knees and behind, but he stepped up to the man and asked him what was the matter with his goose. Father took the thing and tuned it and made it fairly sing! The people danced until satisfied; then one of the men suggested that they get father a new suit, hat, and boots because he had fixed the violin and because they had had so much enjoyment. So they bought him a new suit, hat and boots! Then he addressed them for two hours on the principles of the gospel, and afterwards he baptized two dozen of them about daylight.”
Autobiography of Mosiah Hancock, Typescript, BYU-S; http://www.boap.org/