Monday, June 24, 2019

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When Camp Floyd was disbanded in 1861 and the last of the 1,500 soldiers from Johnston’s army sent east to fight in the Civil War, the army had to sell off $4 million worth of goods. How much were the Saints and other Utah residents willing to pay out?
a.            $4 million
b.            $400,000
c.             $100,000
d.            $1 million
Yesterday’s answer:
C   To feed
From the life of Ruth Hannah Newton Draper:   Ruth Hannah was born in England in 1837. Her mother died when she was two months old, and her father remarried.
When she was a teenager she became a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith along with several of her siblings, and they emigrated to the United States on the ship, “International.” She arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, October 10, 1853, traveling with the Joseph W. Young Company.
Ruth went to work for a family in Salt Lake. At one point she was given a bucket of slop (water and bran) and a pail and was told to slop and milk the cow. Not understanding the term “slop” (to feed), she poured the contents of the bucket over the cow. Her employer was furious about the waste and she was told to leave.
It was raining but she walked to the tithing yard. She was found there by William Draper and Mary Howarth, who was living with William’s wife, Mary Ann Manhardt, in Draper, Utah. She also learned that her sister, Fanny, was living at the same home. Soon after this incident Mary Ann Howarth, Fanny, and Ruth Hannah became the plural wives of William Draper Jr. Ruth was his seventh and last wife.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1: 843.

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