Monday, June 17, 2019

Babysitter’s Pay

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How much pay did Annie Butler Clayton received for one day of babysitting in the Salt Lake Valley during the 1850s?
a.            $2.00
b.            Two biscuits
c.             Two pounds of flour
d.            Two free days of school
Yesterday’s answer:
A   That she would beat him to the valley
From the life of Sarah Goode Marshall Chadwick:   When Sarah was young, she worked out as a maid. She was married to Thomas Marshall when she heard the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Her husband was much opposed to her association with the Church and she suffered abuse at his hands until his death, in 1854. His family would not allow her to inherit from his estate.
Sarah worked hard as a maid during the day and made, kid gloves at night, until she earned enough to bring her family to America. They boarded the ship, “Samuel Curling,” and sailed from Liverpool, England, to Boston.
They continued by rail to Iowa City, where preparations were under way for the long journey across the Plains in the first handcart company.
Edmund Ellsworth was reluctant to take a widow with six children. She replied that she would beat him there and became the first member of that handcart company to enter Salt Lake Valley, thus fulfilling her statement.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 533.

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