Daughters of the Utah Pioneers

Our tables were all decorated with Valentines at our monthly DUP meeting. I missed last month because I was not only in a much warmer climate but also in a very pleasant climate at Monterey, California.

Quote by Emerson

“Finish each day and be done with it”. How many times after a long day working, do people bring home their work? Too often,  I’m afraid.  We all need to listen to Emerson.

The artifact shown at our meeting today was a pioneer handmade tool, a wooden hand plane. This tool is used to shape wood. Today’s hand planes are metal, I think.  I have not actually ever used one.

Pioneer women used to trade with the Indians. One lady traded flour for a deer hide skin on which she embroidered objects of her fancy.  Can you imagine how hard it would be to put a needle through deer hide, let alone make fancy embroidery objects.

Carolyn gave a history about Joseph A. Smith who studied in Bristol, England before coming to Utah. (He was not related to Joseph Smith the Prophet of the Mormons.) Joe A. Smith built a mansion in Provident, Utah (northeast corner of the State). He purchased his first 2 and one half acres for $8.  He kept buying land until he owned an enormous section of this small community where he built Edgewood Hall. He planted over 1,000 trees of all kinds. He needed help on this large estate so he bribed men from Germany to come work for him by paying their way to Utah. Thus, the town had so many Germans that they celebrate to this day, “Sauerkraut Days”.  I had no idea that we had a group of Germans living in Utah. The manor and buildings on the estate no longer exist – they were burned in a fire in the early 1900s. 

ZCMI 1910

ZCMI (Zions Cooperative Mercantile Intitution) was touted as “America’s First Department Store” – built in 1867; moved to the present location in downtown Salt Lake City in 1876. The clerks had black kettles behind the counter in which they deposited the money they took in during the day. Soon they had new pneumatic tubes to send money and receipts to accounting on another floor. At one time this store was the 18th largest department store in America. ZCMI was sold like so many of our favorite stores in the late 90’s to the May Company who in turn sold it to Macy’s.

From this store, a Madam Alexander doll was purchased by Irene’s mom from ZCMI about 60 years ago. Irene brought Miss May who survived her childhood.


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