Thursday, September 6, 2018

Ada’s Miracle Patch

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When Ada Cemantha Hemenway/Hemingway’s family entered the valley in 1852, her father planted the various seeds that he brought with him. What was planted that kept the family alive?
a.                  Cabbage
b.                  Carrots
c.                   Grapes
d.                  Peas
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Letting a buffalo herd pass by
From the life of Sarah Ann Haines Crook:   Sarah Ann was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age eighteen, the only one of her family to join the Church. She and a young male member from a town nearby decided to join the Saints in America, so they went to Liverpool and joined the James G. Willie Company.
On May 4, 1856, they boarded the passenger ship, “Thornton,” to cross the Atlantic. On May 29, 1856, Sarah, and Samuel, age twenty-five, were married by the ship’s captain.
They landed in New York, June 14, 1856, and settled in Delaware, where she kept house while her husband farmed to earn enough money to continue. Her first two children were born here.
They rode the train to Council Bluffs, then on to Florence, Nebraska, where they got a handcart ready to join the ninth of ten handcart companies. The company of 235 souls, ten tents, thirty-six oxen and six wagons left Nebraska on June 6, 1860. Sarah was over three months pregnant.
The journey was peaceful; they were not troubled by Indians although several bands passed by. At one time the luggage became so heavy that quilts and many other things were burned to lighten the load. They encountered buffalo, so many in one herd that it took half a day for them to cross before the handcarts could be pushed on.

Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 717.

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