Friday, March 22, 2019

A Shocker on the Trail

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What did the Crow family find out that shocked them at Chimney Rock?
a.                  They were one of a very few Saints on the trail west
b.                  The Church was no longer true
c.                   Brigham was going to settle in the Salt Lake Valley instead of California
d.                  The natives were actually friendly
Yesterday’s answer:
A   To knit wounds together
From the life of Elvira Pamela Mills Cox:   In the fall of 1849, Elvira and Orville were called to colonize Sanpete Valley. Always helping others, Elvira was set apart as a midwife.
She brought two pounds of sugar across the Plains with her. It was used for medicinal purposes only. She had some surgical needles and white silk thread for sewing up wounds. Since the pioneers had so little sugar to eat, wounds would not heal or knit. Elvira put pounded sugar and rosin in a wound to make it knit. She used peach leaves and bark from young peach shoots to make a tea for sore throats.
Elvira used Yarrow for headaches, hoar hound for colds, peppermint for stomach ache, rhubarb root for constipation, purdock roots for boils, and other herbs for various remedies.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 691.

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