Utah Pioneer Stories

Learn from Utah Pioneers!

The Saga of the Sanpitch is a 30 volume collection of stories and poems, published annually from 1969 to 1998, about early pioneers of the Sanpete Valley of Central Utah.

Many people living in Sanpete County, Utah descended from Scandinavian immigrants and preserve their heritage with annual festivals and other events. Pioneer heritage is prevalent in the Sanpete area.

Saga of the Sanpitch

The Saga of the Sanpitch is a 30 volume collection of stories and poems, published annually from 1969 to 1998, about early pioneers of the Sanpete Valley of Central Utah.


ONLINE VOLUMES:

|1 – 1969    |9 – 1977    |17 – 1985    |25 – 1993    |
|2 – 1970    |10 – 1978    |18 – 1986    |26 – 1994    |
|3 – 1971    |11 – 1979    |19 – 1987    |27 – 1995    |
|4 – 1972    |12 – 1980    |20 – 1988    |28 – 1996    |
|5 – 1973    |13 – 1981    |21 – 1989    |29 – 1997    |
|6 – 1974    |14 – 1982    |22 – 1990    |30 – 1998    |
|7 – 1975    |15 – 1983    |23 – 1991    |
|8 – 1976    |16 – 1984    |24 – 1992    |

How Did Sanpete Get It’s Name?

Pioneer Dugout Monument

Dugout

Settling of Manti

Blackhawk War Video

Desperatly in search of shelter the first settlers turned to the hill where the Manti Temple now stands. Homes were made by digging a hole into the side of the hill and using logs to construct the front and roof.

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The Folly of Funk's Lake??

Funk

Everyone thought Daniel Funk was crazy, thinking he could run water up hill to fill a valley with water. The community and the Indians watched with curiosity to see if he could really do it!

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James (Polly) Brown

Brown

James (Polly) Brown and Eunice Reasor Brown were among those who marched with the Mormon Battalion. Eunice is buried in the Manti City Cemetery. Click on the link below to read about the Mormon Battalion and learn more about this historic story.

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Sheriff's Office History

Sheriff

In 1957 or 58 Parker J. Miner was appointed to fill the remainder of the term of Sheriff Larsen who had passed away of a heart attack. Upon his appointment Sheriff Miner was instructed by the county commission to purchase the first official Sheriff’s patrol vehicle and uniform. Prior to that time the sheriff was paid an allowance for use of his private vehicle and worked in civilian clothes.

This is a photo of Sheriff Miner wearing the first official uniform standing by the first patrol car a 1958, Chevrolet Bellaire. Photo Courtesy of Gary A. Miner- St. George, Utah

A True Pioneer Story

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Mary Artemesia Lowry thought this would be just another ordinary day. She never thought that because of the Ute Indian, Chief Walker, it would be her wedding day.

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