Monday, September 21, 2015

Salt Lake City’s First Criminal Case

When was Salt Lake City’s first criminal case?
a.                  1852
b.                  1861
c.                   1847
d.                  1856
Yesterday’s answer:
(A) Squirrels
Mosiah would have just turned seven-years old.
   “On April 19, 1841, my little brother John was born. This summer my father made me a little Kentucky rifle; so now and then we have squirrel for soup. Mother certainly knew how to make a savory soup!”
Autobiography of Mosiah Hancock, Typescript, BYU-S;
Additional interesting information:
   Some of the brethren went to California in order to have a better time. Those of us who stayed kept the Word of Wisdom and tried to make a living and keep the commandments of God. When our ammunition gave out, we sharpened some sticks and went up the mountain and dug segos, but oh, the back aching job for the meager messes we obtained! Some got poisoned by getting the wrong kind. As soon as the frost was out of the ground in the bottoms, we went for the thistle roots which were nice to eat-- either raw or roasted; we used the tops for greens.
Autobiography of Mosiah Hancock, Typescript, BYU-S;

The following from the Journal of Eliza R. Snow:
March 13, 1846 Rained some in the night but colder before morning. Quite windy. Our tent blew down and with other accidents upset a pail of potato soup which was intended for breakfast, but instead thereof we had coffee, fried Jole (fish heads) and Jonny cake.
See Eliza R. Snow, “Sketches of My Life,” a holograph autobiography prepared for Hubert Howe Bancroft in the 1880’s, now in the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California, microfilm of holograph, Church Archives.

Jean Rio Griffiths Baker gives us some insight into the menu on board the ship while sailing to America. Her diary entry of Jan. 13, 1851 reads:
Provisions served out for a week. Laughed heartily at our supply of oatmeal, 70 pounds.
Kenneth W. Godfrey, Audrey M. Godfrey, and Jill Mulvay Derr, Women’s Voices-An Untold History of The Latter-day Saints: 1830-1900 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1982), 205.

It is interesting to note that the British Passenger Act of 1849 allowed for each individual on a ship to have three quarts of fresh water a day and enough bread, flour, potatoes, rice, or oatmeal, and molasses, sugar and tea to last ten weeks.
P.A.M. Taylor, Expectations Westward: The Mormons and the Emigration of Their British Converts in the Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh and London: Oliver & Boyd, 1965).

The following from the journal of Jean Rio Griffiths Baker on February 25, 1851:
   Fine weather. Numerous schools of porpoises just ahead of us. One of the brethren struck one and hauled it on board. It measured five feet in length. It was soon skinned and cut up into pieces. A part of it was presented to me. I did not much admire it—it was like very coarse beef and in color, very black.
Kenneth W. Godfrey, Audrey M. Godfrey, and Jill Mulvay Derr, Women’s Voices-An Untold History of The Latter-day Saints: 1830-1900 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1982), 209.

The following from the life of early pioneer James Ririe as told by La Verna Burnett Newey:
   “My friend Henry Devenish, who treated me like a son, let me have eleven bushels of potatoes, and I was to work for him sometime for them. The Walker War had just closed, and we could not leave our tools because of the Indians. In carrying my spade home I had to go through the sand ridge. There were sego lilies so I dug enough each night for our supper. Less than a pint, when cleaned and boiled in milk, made a good substitute for supper.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee comp., (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1991), 2:63.

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