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When Wayne County Was Part of Piute

(Deseret News, 30 March 1881)

Loa, Fremont Valley, Piute County, March 14th, 1881

Editor Deseret News:

Our valley is located in the eastern part of Piute County, 18 miles east of Grass Valley, is about 12 miles long and from five to six miles side, with an abundance of water for irrigating purposes and machinery, the Fremont River running through the entire length of the valley, also numerous springs breaking out of the mountain sides. The water being exceedingly soft, is well calculated for factories and tanning purposes. We number about 600 inhabitants, who have gathered here from various counties of Utah. About 8,000 acres of land have been filed upon, and plenty of land yet to be taken up, with water.

We desire tradesmen to come and locate with us, a shoemaker and blacksmith, and someone to engage in the tanning business. We have two saw mills, one sash and one circle saw, with plenty of good timber to saw, and one of the best sites for a grist mill in Utah, with water power from a large spring.

We raised last year over 4,000 bushels of small grain. Our range is good in the low hills and mountains for all kinds of stock, and they have done well here the past winter, fat beef on the range now. I am told by individuals who have explored down the Fremont River to the Colorado River the past winter, that much good land and a Dixie climate is within forty miles of this valley, and that a good road can be made to the Colorado.

We laid off a town plot last summer, and some few have built upon it. We are building a meeting and schoolhouse on Public Square 20 x 30 feet. We had three schools running in this valley the past winter, they were well attended considering our scattered condition, as the majority of our people live on their quarter sections. Our Church organizations are in a thriving condition. Our Sabbath meetings are well attended considering the scattered condition of the Saints. We have a good Sabbath School under the vigilant superintendency of Bro. John Ellett, who is laboring for the welfare of our youth. Our Relief Society is in good working order, under the wise management of Sister Martha Allred and her counselors. We have two Primary Associations in this ward which are doing much good amongst the young under the direction of Sisters Burgess and Oberlund.

Our Bishop E.H. Blackburn and counselors are busy among the people teaching them the gospel and visiting the different meetings in the valley.

Your valuable paper comes regular to hand, and is a welcome visitor to our people. May you ever continue to wield the sword of truth in the defense of Zion.

Your brother in the gospel,

Blackburn

Copyright 2006 by Ardis E. Parshall

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