|WINSLOW FARR JR. DIARIES - PART 6
by Wilma S. Smith and Randall A. Smith
In 1857, twenty year old Winslow Jr. was selected as a Captain of a 10 man Mormon Militia team. The Militia was organized to resist the United States Army troops commanded by General Albert Johnson. The soldiers were rumored to be on their way to the Salt Lake Valley to "kill all the Mormons".
Meetings, held in the spring of 1858 between the Mormon leaders and the peace commission sent by President Buchanan culminated in a peaceful settlement. A gap from September 1857 through April of 1858 in Winslow's Diaries covers the months he served in the Mormon Militia.
May 25 We got into Salt Lake City on the 25 th . The people were pretty nigh all gone when we arrived. I then went south to Lehi I returned and farmed some through the season The people have all moved back on or by the last of July
The Army has camped in Cedar City. Everything is peaceable at present.
There is another gap in his diary until September of 1858.
In the morning September 27, 1858 I started with a horse team for the Cotton Country the distance of 350 miles I left Big Cottonwood I went as far as Lehi the distance of 22 miles There I stayed all night at Br Walker's Next morning I started a little before daylight drove 36 miles that day stayed all night at Br Manuels Next morning I traveled 24 miles and stayed at Br Braddely Foundered one of my horses quite bad Next morning I drove on to Chicken Creek a distance of 18 miles and fell in company with one B. Davis Stayed all night at this place My horse is a good deal better We started about sunrise the distance of 36 miles to Cedar Springs We traveled over some rough roads Cedar Fort is quite a small place not much farming land more for dairy cows Next morning we started from Cedar Fort a little after sun up Went to Fillmore 6 miles quite a large place situated close to the mountains Quite a large Statehouse commenced to rain I camped on Corn Creek small settlement here.
I started on it is still raining We went through Dog Valley and Pine Valley at the head of Wildcat Kanyon Rained very hard through the night Next morning we started a little after sun up got to Beaver about 2 pm rained today Stayed all night at Br. Farnsworth Bishop of that place Next morning we started for Parowan 35 miles from Beaver Got there about dusk Stayed all night at Br. Davis the man I traveled with on my journey Next morning I started alone for Cedar City There one hour by the sun the distance of 20 miles Stayed all night at Br. Jenkes Next morning I started for Harmony 20 miles got there about 2 hours by sun Stayed all night at Br. Lee's In the morning I started for Washington got there about 8 pm my animals stood the trip first rate
Winslow arrived in Washington on October 8, 1858 (a journey of 12 days). Today we travel this same route by automobile in 5 to 7 hours.
October 17, 1858
On the 17 th at 11 o'clock am I was married to Emily Jane, the Daughter of Robert D. and Elizabeth Covington ( Winslow was 21 years old Emily Jane was 15)
October 27, 1858 I with my wife started for Great Salt Lake Valley the distance of 350 miles Arrived there on the 10 th of November in good health I am living with my father the following season I farmed my fathers place for 1/3 of the crop He helped when he was able and boarded us until the wheat harvest Did not do very well this year I raised for my share 105 bushels of wheat 30 bushels of corn 20 bushels of potatoes and so on I do not know as this will ever be any good to anyone but to my mind I do write of these things at present.
Winslow's diaries contain a gap from, October
1858 through October of 1859.
November 9, 1859 I with my wife started for Cotton Country Got there on the last of the month in good health and spirits This place is called Washington County U. T. (Utah Territory) is a good place to winter no snow at all I am working for cotton and molasses Very warm here in the summer time I can set out doors and rest in the month of February or anytime The winter stock does well here in Cotton Country
Friday February 3, 1860 At 2 o'clock pm our first child Winslow Robert was born
Tuesday 14, 1860 I quarried and hauled rock for a wall for my father-in-law very warm day
Monday 20, 1860 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday I layed a stone wall for my father-in-law
Saturday 25, 1860 I got some trees to set out Killed a Beaver last Friday It weighed 45 pounds shot it with a rifle 125 yards off hand