I was born March 9, 1848 in Ottoway Co., Missouri. I immigrated across the plains into Salt Lake City in 1850 with my parents, my sister Hannah and brother Nephi. We located in the south west part of Salt Lake City. My father helped organize the 6th Ward. William Nichoniper was Bishop of the Ward. My father William Fawcett was one of his Counselors and also acted as Ward Clerk.
At that time provisions were very scarce. Crickets and grasshoppers devoured our crops. We were compelled to live on roots and greens for a time. My sister Hannah and myself went over to President Young's grist mill with a new tin pan to trade for flour, but were not able to make the trade. On the way over I picked up a large kernel of corn. I bit it in two and gave my sister half. On our way back home we called on Brother John Vance and he gave us a mess of beet greens.
My mother and brother Nephi and myself went south to Lehi, but could only get one sack of flour in the town. Later my father and brother Nephi went north to Ogden and was able to get enough flour to last through the summer.
Soon after this, in 1857, Johnson's Army came to Utah to drive the Mormons out of Salt Lake City, but were held back in Echo Canyon east of Salt Lake by the Mormon Militia during the winter of 1857. They were allowed to come into Salt Lake early in the summer of 1858. After this happened the families were asked to vacate. Some of them went north and some to the south. My father moved south as far as Springville for the summer. In the fall we moved back toSalt Lake. Later Johnson's Army passed through Salt Lake and crossed the Jordon River -- traveling on the west side, south as far as Utah Lake, then west to Camp Floyd and they were there until called back to the States because of the war between the North and the South, that happened in 1860. They left many useful things, such as guns, steel, iron, mules and clothing,useful to the people in Salt Lake City.
After the Army left we turned to farming and working with our teams to make a little extra money. My brother and I took two teams and went out to the Salt Lake for salt. We took our loads up Main Street in the city and sold the rough course salt to the merchants for $5.00 a load. We hauled wood out of City Creek Canyon and sold enough wood and salt to buy another teamand wagon. Then we hauled sand, clay and adobies for the new Salt Lake Theater.
That fall at Conference time, a number of families were called to go to Southern Utah to raise cotton for the church. Among others, were my father, William Fawcett, and family. We arrived in the St. George valley the 25th of November 1861.
During the winter, George Burgess and Israel Ivins acted as surveyors and laid out St. George into blocks and lots. We all worked at digging ditches and making fences and prepared to move into the city plots.
In the spring of 1862, the people drew for their lots and began to build houses. The fences were made of willows. The first Ward school house was built of willows with a ground (dirt)floor.
The Virgin Ditch and the tunnel were finished and we began to use the water on the land toraise cotton. The land between the ditch and the Virgin River which we used for several year strying to raise cotton proved to be a complete failure. It did not pay, so we turned to other crops,such as alfalfa, sugar cane, etc.
I was on the Home Guard for St. George for six years and we had many interesting experiences. The Indians were very hostile and troublesome. They did many things to cause trouble. Some times they would steal horses and it was a hard job to get them back. Sometimes when we were after them, we would be without much food and water for days.
In the winter of 1869 I, with others,was called to take a mission over into Arizona. A company was formed with Jacob Hamblin from Santa Clara as President. It was necessary to take along Indian Interpreters. We crossed the Colorado River many times and endured many hardships.
We got back home the middle of March 1874. After I returned home I became a member of the United Order. We worked all summer and when we settled up in the fall I had a gallon of molasses and a red gingham handkerchief. I had a little pair of mules for which they paid me fifty cents a day and charged me a dollar a day for their feed.
That same year, 1874, Louisa Eardley and I were married by Bishop Robert Gardner of the four Wards in St. George. After planting our crops, Gustavens Miles and Paralee Church and their wives, and my wife and myself went to Salt Lake City and were married in the Endowment House.
Later I moved out to Price, Utah on the Virgin River. I bought some land and my brother Nephi and I worked as partners. I raised my family in Price and stayed there until our farm land was washed away by the Virgin River. I was then compelled to leave Price.
My son George had moved to Lund, Nevada in 1898, so my wife and I decided to come to Lund and try it here. I had a family of six children.
In 1902, we moved out to the new settlement of Lund.
While at Price, I served as constable and school Trustee and served as the Bishop's Counselor for 10 years.
My wife and I went to Salt Lake City to the dedication of the Salt Lake Mormon Temple in 1893.
Written and submitted by:
Luella Fawcett Whipple