Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Entertaining the Pioneers

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According to pioneer William Hendricks Lewis, the pioneers were entertained one evening by what as they were wintering on the Mormon Trail?
a.                  Native warriors came to their camp singing to them
b.                  A Buffalo Stampede
c.                   A lightning storm
d.                  A meteor shower
Yesterday’s answer:
c.   String a wire across the road with a dummy attached
The Richville Gristmill 1863-1915:   Another time around Halloween a couple of young men got up in the top story of the old mill and stretched a wire across the road to a rock on the hillside where they secured it good and tight. Then they filled some overalls and shirt full of straw, placed a hat on the dummy head, put gloves on the end of the arms and spent the night pulling the dummy across the road. It happened to be a moonlit night, and as one of the townsfolk was going down the road, the dummy went walking along the wire his arms and legs giving the appearance of walking. Well, this person was so frightened he stopped and went up over the hill to get past what he thought was a ghost.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Publishing Company, 1994), 5:272.

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