With everyday items still meager in the Salt Lake Valley in the 1870s, it was necessary for the Saints to be frugal. This they were pros at, nothing went to waste. Why did Sarah Ann Chapman recycle old clothes?
a. To get money to buy food
b. To make patches for existing clothing
c. To unravel to make thread to sew new clothing
d. To make baby clothes
B Back taxes for all the years they lived in the area
From the life of Lovina Patterson Woolsey Busenbark: Lovina crossed the Plains about 1852; a woman without a husband to help, caring for her three small children ages from two to six years. Her husband had been lost and never found as he served as a scout for the pioneers who crossed the Plains. The date and place of his death are unknown.
Upon her arrival in Utah, she married a widower whose wife had died while crossing the Plains, leaving eleven children. Lovina mothered those children together with her own three children and five more children who were born of the second marriage. The Busenbark family was called to settle North Ogden, Weber County, Utah; Providence, Cache County, Utah; the mission to the Muddey [Muddy] in the far South West corner of the State of Deseret 600 miles away. While on their journey to the Muddy, along with sixty other Saints, they were called upon to help the Saints at Panguitch, Garfield County, Utah, to move out of the stockade and settle the valley where the Indians had been very troublesome trying to keep the settlers from living there. The mission on the muddy resumed after that. After several years on hardship and privation among the desert Indians, the mission was beginning to see some success. The U.S. Government then changed the east boundaries on the Nevada Territory, moving the Utah Territory boundary to approximately where the boundaries to Utah and Nevada now exist. The Nevada Territory Authorities demanded back taxes from the Mission for the years the Saints had been there. President Brigham Young there upon dismissed the mission and the Saints were released to return from the mission and the Saints were released to return from whence they can, return to other places in the Utah Territory or to remain, retain their land and pay the excessive taxes. A few chose to remain, some returned to locations in Utah. The Busenbark family subsequently were called to return to Panguitch, Utah to aid in the 2nd effort to settle that valley.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1:450-451.