Tonight is the Iron County Historical Society fundraiser dinner and program. This will take place at the Frontier Homestead State Park. This begins at 6 PM with a Dutch Oven dinner. The program will feature author Jolene Allphin, she wrote the book “Tell My Story Too.” This is a collection of biographical sketches of the pioneers in the Willie and Martin Handcart Company as well as their rescuers.
The topic that Ms. Allphin will speak on tonight is “The Handcart Pioneers: Their Faith is Our Inheritance.” This should be an interesting topic. Many who aren’t familiar with the Mormon migration from Illinois to Utah, may not know that a hand cart is sort of a wagon, only instead of using oxen or mules to power it, the pioneers themselves powered them.
The Willie and Martin Company left too late in the year to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley before Winter and were caught in a terrible blizzard East of South Pass Wyoming. Many of the Pioneer company died, they were rescued by people from Salt Lake City and some of the company survived. That synopsis doesn’t do justice to the courage and sacrifice of those involved in this incident, it just a short background, of the theme of this meeting.
This should be an interesting topic as many of the survivors of that ill fated handcart company were instrumental in the settlement of Cedar City and Iron County.