Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Town's Name has got to Go

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Moab, Utah
On May 14, 1890 the residence of Moab, Utah tried to officially change the name of Moab, why?
A)                 They felt it wasn’t descriptive enough of their surroundings
B)                 They didn’t appreciate the fact that Moab is a name of a nation in the bible that were idolaters
C)                 They wanted to rename their town New Nauvoo
D)                 They wanted to rename their town Kirtland

Yesterday’s answer:
(B) Used as poultices for burning eyes
"One day I had to leave my children alone while I planned to go to Snowflake on business. On the way a fearful feeling about the children's safety took hold of me. I told the man in whose wagon I was riding, that I'd have to go back. Our place was about a mile out of Taylor. Before I reached home, I heard an awful screaming. I hurried fast, resulting in a fall into a ditch that almost stunned me. Oh! what a sight met my eyes inside the house. Victoria told me about it afterwards. She had been curious about a can that I had put on top of the cupboard. She and David piled up boxes, and she reached up and pulled the cayenne down into the eyes of all three, George had also creeped over there. The cayenne went into their eyes, noses, and throats and nearly sent them crazy--almost strangled them to death. I hurried and bathed their eyes with milk and sugar, then applied mashed apple poultices, which helped. But their eyes were badly swollen and it was a long time before they got over this."
History of Martha M. Hancock; http//
Additional interesting reading:

"In the summer of 1884 my baby George and Esther's Mosiah got the summer complaint--very badly. I checked George's sickness with oak bark. I tried to get Esther to use it for her baby, but she hesitated, for she was young and didn't realize its condition and the value of certain herb remedies in these pioneer times. She often left the sick baby for Victoria to tend. I had about all I could do in the garden, I could only feed him. Finally he turned cold, we didn't realize that he was getting so bad. We sent for Margaret, who tried to warm him with peppermint tea. Finally he passed away. The dear little soul seemed almost like my own child. Mosiah was still away, but Margaret tried to comfort us. She was a good soul in such cases. Esther was away working."
History of Martha M. Hancock; http//

The journal of Patty Sessions on March 24th, 1847 list various home remedies including the following for bowel complaint:
Take one tea spoonful of rhubarb one forth corbnet soda one table spoonful brandy one tea spoonful peppermint essence half tea cup ful warm water take a table spoonful once an hour until it operates.
The Diaries of Perrigrine Sessions, comp. Earl T. Sessions (Bountiful, Utah: Carr Printing Co., 1967).

The following from the journal of Nancy Abigail Clement Williams:
   One Thursday evening after school we were all out playing stink base for exercise. I got to chasing my cousin (Darius Sanders) and was determined to catch him. I run so hard that I had to sit down and rest. I turned faint and dizzy and had to go in and went to bed. I would chill awhile, then nearly burn up with fever all night. In the morning I had a high fever. As soon as the drug store was opened, my cousin got me salts and quinnene, which I took, but threw it up as fast as they gave it to me. Lizzie bathed and soaked my feet, did all she could for me.

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), 363.

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