Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Unpredictable Life Among the Natives


Pioneer, Melissa Davis, states that a native man wanted to give her mother what, that she was hesitant to take?

a.      His wife

b.      His horse

c.       His teepee

d.      His baby

Yesterday’s answer:

a.      An organ

The following from the life of Adam Craik Smyth, born February 29, 1840: On April 17, 1864, when he was twenty-four, he married Emily Brown, who was twenty-two, at the Cathedral Parish Church of Manchester. She had been baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of fifteen [At the time of their marriage, Adam was not a member, nor would be for a number of years to come].

Three weeks after their marriage they sailed for America, with the ultimate goal of reaching California because of the discovery of gold there. After having been abandoned by their California-bound company when they had the misfortune of losing a wheel off their wagon, they traveled with an ox cart company of Latter-day Saints.

While crossing the Plains on foot, Emily came into camp one night without her husband and, when questioned, she said that Adam had lain down by the wayside and said he couldn’t go on, and he wouldn’t allow her to stay with him. Three brothers went back along the trail, found Adam, and carried him into camp. The trip was very hard for him, a man accustomed to city dwelling.

In the fall of 1864, they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, their worldly goods consisting of their clothing, ten cents, and a cup with a hole in it. He had no hat. He spent his last money on food—two beautiful, red, round fruits which appealed to him. He took one and gave Emily the other. After taking one taste of his, he threw it down in the dirt. His wife chided him, telling him that he should have taken small bites, and he would have learned to like it. Later in life, tomatoes were his favorite food.

They stayed in Salt Lake City only a short time, then moved to Logan. It was here that Adam imported one of the few organs that was brought across the Plains by ox team.

They moved from Logan to Mendon where Adam followed his profession as teacher and musician until 1873. He walked from Mendon to Logan to direct the choir and perform duties as stake clerk, once being followed through the hills by a wolf pack. The Indian chief Pocatello lived in Mendon one-half block form Adam’s home.

While living in Mendon, Adam was baptized into the Mormon Church. Also during this time his wife Emily died, on Christmas Day, 1866, leaving two daughters, the youngest only eleven days old.

Chronicles of Courage, Daughters of Utah Pioneers (Salt Lake City: Lesson Committee, 1993), V4:308-310.

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