b. The baptism of her neighbor
c. Her baptism
d. Ending his mission
From the lives of George Washington and Betsy Elizabeth Kroll Bradley: Behind these two events lie much of Manti’s early history—snow, short food supply, Indian trouble, sickness, and misery of many kinds. They were better written on history’s pages and in George’s own words to the Manti Sentinel than could ever by described here. Suffice it to just touch the highlights of this story and say that young Jerome Bradley was almost twenty-one years old, had a steady girlfriend, and was engaged to be married when he volunteered to take his father’s two teams and wagons and head a party returning to Salt Lake for badly needed supplies of the settlement.
He visited his sister and brother-in-law, Amanda and Daniel Henrie, at Bountiful, and he was persuaded by Amanda to let them return with him to her folks for a visit. She said it would be sort of a delayed honeymoon trip.
Indian trouble delayed them for two weeks at Provo, so the friendly Chief Walker sent his brother, Tabanaw, and another friendly Indian along as their guides. They were caught in a terrific snow storm in Salt Creek Canyon. It snowed every day for three weeks, and snow was about the willows along the creek and at least four feet deep on the level in the valley.
One team and wagon, whose horses were strong, continued on through. The other wagons were trapped till the following March. Amanda, Jerome, Daniel, and the other teamsters lived on the corn meal supplies in their wagons for as long as they could, and when a sick Indian came to their camp, they shared their food and nursed him back to health. He paid them back by saving their lives when other Indians would have killed and scalped them.
The Indian guide, Tabanaw, and August Dodge finally set out to take the word of their desperate plight to their families. They wrapped their legs with sacks and wrapped up the best they could and set out. The Indian made it to the outskirts of Manti where he was found. He delivered his message, but Dodge was left by an old oak tree west of Ephraim. He was completely exhausted and was found by a recue party more dead than alive.
An expedition headed by George W. Bradley and Daniel Funk supplied with hand sleds, blankets, and snow shoes which Indian Chief Walker had showed them how to make, brought the party out of the canyon in a weakened condition. Due to exposure and privations suffered on this trip, Jerome Bradley contracted pneumonia, a sickness from which he never fully recovered. He died July 16, 1851, just three weeks before his wedding date. Since he had many friends among the Indians, many of them joined with this white friends in mourning at the funeral and followed the cortege to the cemetery.
Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1997), 8: 77-78.