Friday, November 25, 2016

Some Things Never Change

In 1896, Brigham Young Academy President, Benjamin Cluff issued a letter stating that what might be canceled due to the fierceness of the rivalry?
a.                  Football
b.                  Women’s field hockey
c.                   Baseball
d.                  Hockey
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   1 oz.
.   From the life of Simpson Montgomery Molen:   On arriving in the Valley they pitched their tents on what is now the western part of Salt Lake City. This was in the fall of the year 1847. Young Simpson and his parents may therefore be numbered among the pioneers and founders of Utah. Shortly after reaching this haven or rest—finding that bread and flour were very scarce, they, by the advice of the authorities of the Church, weighed up their supplies and put themselves on rations, that there might be sufficient food to last them until a harvest replenished their stores. To this end the number of days were calculated, when they discovered to their great surprise, if not alarm, that they had only about one ounce of flour per day for each member of their family, and they had no milk, no meat, fruits and vegetables to help out this scanty allowance. The children were hale and hearty, and to be suddenly reduced to such suffering to them; indeed, it seemed almost like starvation. Fortunately the winter was mild and open, and the family sought for and dug thistle roots, which were substituted as an article of food to save the bread. The root, however, while they appeased the cravings of hunger, furnished but little nutriment. When the next spring opened, other roots were found which were more nutritious. These roots, with “greens” and the milk from a few cows, enabled them to “keep body and soul together,” until a kind Providence blessed them with a harvest of wheat and vegetables. But a long time elapsed, even after food became plentiful, ere the cravings of hunger could be satisfied by eating a hearty meal.

Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1,  408-409.

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