Saturday, December 10, 2016

In Exchange for Candy

What were some pioneer children given to pay for candy during the early days of Salt Lake City?
a.                  An egg
b.                  Carrots
c.                   Corn
d.                  Tomatoes
Yesterday’s answer:
(B)   A dance
The Pioneer Celebration at Saltair Aug. 20, 1894:   . . . .also “Fisher’s Hornpipe,” danced by Elder Thomas Dobson to music produced by the six survivors of a quadrille band which figured prominently in social circles in Salt Lake City thirty-five years ago. Regarding this dance, it may be stated that at the time when the [people of the] handcart company, of which Brother Dobson was a member, were almost overcome by cold and hunger and fatigue and were on the verge of despair in the face of what seemed almost certain death, a few of the younger and more robust ones, who were seeking to revive the spirits of the others, pulled out the end gate of a wagon, and throwing it down, asked Brother Dobson if he would dance for them. Although Brother Dobson had both feet frozen and was suffering greatly, he cheerfully complied with the dance [later] given by him at Saltair. The company was aroused to new hope and energy, and relief soon reached them from the Valley.

Lesson Committee, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Company, 1995), 6:8-9.

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