Thursday, October 10, 2013

Urban development in Winter Quarters

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Winter Quarters
What was the underlying principle that determined the layout of Winter Quarters?

a.      The lay of the land

b.      Adoptive families assigned to certain sections of town

c.       Nauvoo wards staying as same wards in Winter Quarters

d.      First come first served

Yesterday’s answer:

(A)     Food

Abigail Cox Heaton recounted how her parents, who helped settle Manti, were amply supplied with food until a summer when “droughts left them almost in the throes of famine.” Like other families in Manti, the Coxes lived on greens that summer until even they became so sparse that “women and children returned one afternoon with a “few spindly weeds” that “were scarcely enough for one person, let alone a family of seven, and the children were crying for food.” That night, “the family prayed in humility for something to eat.” The next morning, they knelt again in prayer before a reluctant, but obedient, Walter left to search for greens. According to Abigail’s account, he was successful: “In a short time he returned to the dugout with a basket of crisp stalky greens; even his mother was amazed. He was almost breathless as he told her of having found a large patch of the luscious weeds just as if they had been planted in rows, and on the same ground where many had been searching the previous day. Never had they eaten such good greens, and for days the people of the Manti Valley gathered baskets of greens that seemed to satisfy their hunger and even, some claimed, put flesh on them.”

Nearly Everything Imaginable, Walker, Ronald W., Doris R. Dant ed., (Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 1999), 243.

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