Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Y. X. Company

The Y. X. Company was formed in Utah in 1856 by Brigham Young. What was it?
a.                  The forerunner to ZCMI
b.                  The forerunner to Deseret Industries
c.                   Utah’s version of UPS or Fed Ex
d.                  The Church’s first ranch in Utah
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   Johnston’s army
Crops never looked better in the valley this year [1858]. Provisions and stock were plenty, but merchandise scarce. Brigham had gone south some sixty miles. The Utah and Snake Indians are very hostile towards the Mormons, and let no chance escape to steal horses and plunder. They had stolen from Tooele Valley and Springville a large number of horses and mules. The friendly Indians say that they are stealing horses for the soldiers, and that the officers have offered them a bounty for each horse or mule stolen, and $150 for every Mormon scalp or prisoner. General Johnston denies these charges, yet the Indians asseverate that it is true. Early in the spring the Banak and other northern tribes made a descent upon the settlement at Salmon River, killed several of the settlers, and stole all their stock, amounting to nearly five hundred head, which they took away. The settlers evacuated their homes, and returned south to Salt Lake City. The Indians asserted that they had been instigated to such acts of hostility by the agents and other officials.

Lesson Committee, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Company, 1995), 6:316.

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