Friday, May 29, 2015

BYU’s First Newspaper

Today, the student newspaper is the Daily Universe. But what was the first paper titled at the Brigham Young Academy in 1891?
a.                  The B.Y.A. This is the Place
b.                  The B.Y.A. Monthly Universe
c.                   The B.Y.A. Student
d.                  The B.Y.A. Daily Planet
Yesterday’s answer:
C.   16
The following from the life of Peter Issacson:
   In February of 1876, Peter left for what was to be known as Brigham City, a United Order settlement on the Colorado River. Travel proceeded rather smoothly until they reached Panguitch, where they encountered four feet of snow on the Buckskin Mountains, and with mules had to be yoked to one wagon to cross the mountains. The cold was sever, then mud from the melting snow greeted the part before they reached dry roads. The Colorado River, of course, was a real obstacle.
   Peter made a second trip to Utah for a load of grain from his own bin after crops failed in the new settlement. After the fort was built and the camp prepared, he returned to Ephraim to bring his wife and children back to Arizona, his third trip since they joined the United Order.
   Peter was superintendent of all the farms and served as first counselor to Bishop George Lake. He was ordained a high priest by Erastus Snow on September 23, 1878, at Sunset, Arizona.  The Saints worked tirelessly but couldn’t build a permanent dam there on the Colorado River, so Brigham City, Arizona, was abandoned. Church authorities advised the Saints to move on to St. Johns, which Peter’s family did after having lived in Brigham City only five years.
   Peter’s family settled north of St. Johns at a place called the meadows where he served as a bishop. Again the Saints were organized in the United Order. They cleared greasewood from the land, hauled posts to fence their land, then divided the land into five-acre lots. Logs were hauled from the mountains, and one by one houses were built—some with two rooms, some with just one room. The first winter in the Meadows was very difficult, with Saints and cattle nearly starving. Peter’s family was more fortunate than some because they would not kill their cow, as many had done, thus they at least had milk and butter to nourish them. When spring came, the first gardens were planted, then at harvest time all families enjoyed corn, squash, and beans. As time went by, the men were able to fence in the big fields of wild hay which they harvested each year. Their herds of cattle increased and good meat was enjoyed.
   When the Issacson’s only daughter, Maria, married and moved back to Utah, Martha missed her so much that she prevailed upon Peter to take her home to Ephraim. This he did, but he returned to Arizona to fill his calling as bishop. Two years later President David L. Udall released Peter from that mission and told him his place was with his wife. Eventually the settlement was abandoned. After sixteen years in Arizona, Peter returned home to finish the house he had begun in Ephraim.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee comp., (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1991), 2:48-49.

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