The 1st most printed news story in the United States during the years of 1857-1858 was slavery and Kansas. The 2nd most printed news story for this same time period involved the Saints, what was it?
a. The sending of the U.S. army to Utah
b. The burying of the Salt Lake Temple foundation
d. Sights to see while in Utah
(D) Cloth from their wagon cover
When Thomas [Rees] and his son came home in the fall of 1858, they were sorely in need of clothing, particularly trousers to replace the worn and torn trousers they were wearing. As men’s pants were scarce and expensive, especially two pair, Margret had to find another way to clothe her men. This she did by removing the heavy canvas wagon cover and dyeing it with juice from elderberries. The dyed canvas she then made into two pair of the best elderberry-dyed jeans in town.
Lesson Committee, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Company, 1995), 6:359.