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I P I O N EE R UNION PACIFIC PAY-DAY
jl Union Pacific pay-day on the grade in Wyoming, 1 868. Reproduced from stereoscope photograph now in possession
M of Col. C. A. Black, right-of-way agent of the Union Pacific.
llndian Battle Foeglif
In den Valley, Near
Huntsville, M 1863
Little White Girl and Her Brother Watch the Conflict From
rv the Top of a Cottonwood Tree Pioneer Days Recalled
by Mrs. Mary R. Jessop of Ogden An Indian Raid on the
r Settlers in Morgan Valley During the Morrisite Rebellion
& Thrilling Experience With a Black Bear.
l . The boys and girls who .enjoy the
delightsome thrills of watching imi
tation Indian fights at the movies
would doubtless find real enjoyment
in duplicating the experience of one
.Ogden lady who in "the sixties" saw
la real Indian battle.
The lady, who was one of the two
white spectators of savage warfare,
is Mrs. Mary R. Jessop of 2816 Ad
ams avenue, and the scene of the
battle was the meadow lands on the
south side of the Ogden. river, about
' three-quarters of a mile south and
a little west qf . the . toi of Hunts
ville. This affair occurred in the summer
of 1863 or 1864, Mrs. Jessop is not
clear as to the exact date, and the
fight took place between a village of
Shoshones and a war party of Chey
ennes. Was a Young Girl.
"I was about 9 years old, said Mrs.
Jessop 'id the constant companion
of my older brother, Stephen, in herd
ing the cows and sheep, in fishing
and in trapping for rabbits and birds,
I could race and climb trees as well
as any boy of my age.
"Our folks moved from Mountain
Green in the Weber Valley over the
divide to settle in Huntsvllle. The
day of our arrival there I stood up
on the fence in 'front of our house
in the southwest part of the town
and counted the houses. There were
Just a dozen of them, nearly all log
"We did not worn' much about the
Indians. We saw them quite often.
They came to the settlement to beg
food and to trade. We soon learned
that when the Indian women and
children, were along there was no
danger, but we kept a sharp lookout
for the war parties or hunting parties
made up of men only. Once the
Blackfeet came and stole some cat
tle but the men followed and got
some of them back.
"There was one Shoshone Indian,
who came to see us every year. Fa
ther called him 'Hautch,' which in
the Indian language meant 'friend.'
Every year when he came he brought
father a present of a buffalo robe.
"When the men left the town and
went off to the fields to work, they
took their rifles with them. Three
shots fired in succession was the sig
nal of danger from the Indians.
"Soon after we arrived in Hunts
vllle there was a scare. One day shots
were fired a little northeast of town.
We counted three shots and then we
heard more shots, mother and my,
younger sisters stood in the door of
, the cabin but I ran out to my favorite
fence post and stood up on it to look
and see what the trouble was.
Big Black Bear.
"The shooting came nearer and then
suddenly a big black bear came run
ning across the fields. He came to
the fence and followed along the fence
and passed between me and the house
and right next to the fence. I do not
remember whether I screamed or not,
but I do know that I tried to stand
on tiptoe on that fence post The
temptation to try to fly was very
"A man named Uncle Enoch Crowell
finally killed the bear. He was asleep
in has cabin when the shooting began
and, when he looked out, he saw the
bear running past bur house. He told
father afterward: 'When I see that
bear, I says, here's a Job for old Sally
Ann.' That was the name he gave
to his rifle. That evening all Hunts
vllle had bear- steak for supper.
"The main man in the settlement
at that time was Captain Hunt, after
whom the town was named- Settlers
came very fast and it grew to be
quite a village before we left it
Was Nine Years Old.
"I was about nine years old when I
saw the Indian battle. One day a
band of Shoshones came from tho
south, apparently from Weber Valley,
and camped on the south side of the
river on a meadow that belonged to
father. We saw them when they
were still high up on the divide and
they traveled .fast as If some one was
I PIONEERS CONSTRUCTING UNION PACIFIC
' I Jl The old -way of railroad building. Crew of Mormon 1 aborers working on the Union Pacific grade in Weber canyon,
li ( tl 868. Reproduced from stereoscope photograph now in possession of Col. C. A. Black, right-of-way agent of the Union
That's All I
KING EIGHT MAKES
GUT COAST IP,
Two Weeks' Riding, 10,000
Miles on Atlantic Seaboard,
Without Single Repair.
New York, July 15. More than 10,.
000 miles in two weeks' day-and-night
driving without mechanical adjust
ments or repairs of any kind, is the
record just established by a' Beven
passenger, eight-cylinder stock King
car in a test sanctioned and super
vised by officials of the American
Automobile association on the Sheeps
head Bay speedway and Long Island
highways. The conditions of the test
were specifically designed to approx
imate those under which the owner op
erates his car.
So consistent was the performanco
of the car In achieving its average
of thirty-four mihs per hour, there
were scores of circuits of the great
oval made In which there was less
than a second's variation in time.
During the fourteen days and nights
the motor was not stopped once, nor
was any adjustment made upon it,
the stops only being fjr the purpose
of taking on gasoline, oil and water
and changing driving crews. Not even
O Tin TnT"fnTI cnorlf Tklllrr -rvn c irarnmreiA
nor the valves touched during the
most searching test to which any
piece of mechanism has ever been sub
jected. The total time lost in mak
ing the necessary stops was " about
fifteen and ene-half hours which, on
the basis of the distance traversed,
shows the King owner as spending
about nine minutes a week on the
maintenance of his car.
It is hard to say Just what the King
would have done if it had been decid
ed to continue the run for another
10,000 miles or more. The technical
men who were in charge of the test
and who examined the various parts
of the car at the end of the run as
serted that the King could have gone
on for another 10,000 miles and an.
other on top of that in the same, con
sistent and efficient manner in which
it negotiated the present distance
without any renewal of parts or major
The newspaper men who were pres
ent at the conclusion of the test and
who examined the car confirmed this
opinion. It was of course realized be
fore the run began that It is possible
to keep a modern car running almost
Indefinitely by renewing parts as they
wear out. This was not the object
of the King Motor Car company in
conducting the present test. The de
sire In this instance was to demon
strate to the motoring public that the
King car could be run for a mileage
greater than the average motorist puts
behind him in two years without any
replacements of parts or more than
"When we saw that they were going
to camp by the river, my brother and I
ran down across the bottoms nearly
to the river. There we climbed up
In a high cottonwood tree and we
could look right across the river into
tho Indian camp.
"There seemed to he great excite
ment They put up some of their te
pees. There were about twenty tepees
in the camp. There were 60 or 75 men
and boys old enough to fight, beside
the women and children. They had a
great lot of horses and ponies.
Spear3 And Arrows.
"Some of the men had guns, hut
most of them had only spears and
bows and arrows. There was a great
deal of shouting and giving orders ap
parently. "Pretty soon we saw another band
of Indians riding down the hillside
along the same trail the Shoshones
had traveled from the south. We
learned afterward they were Cheyen
nes, and they seemed to have already
had a fight with the Shoshones earlier
in the day. This was about three
o'clock in the afternoon.
"The Cheyennes were all men and
were painted up and wore war bon
nets. They spread out In a line and
came dashing up to attack the Sho
shones. There were fifty or more of
"Some of the Shoshones mounted
their horses, but others fought on
foot All the men and all the bigger
boys wont out to meet the Cheyennes.
At first the Cheyennes seemed to have
the best of it and drove the Shoshones
back into their camp.
Women in the Fight.
"Some tot the 'woman went and
fought too, but most of tho women and
children ran screaming and crying and
r some hid In the bushes and a few wad
ed over to our side of the river and
hid in the bushes not far from our
"There were two white families
that lived on the south side of the
river, the families of William Marlar
and Gen-it Wolverton. They lived
about half a mile east of the place
where the fighting occurred. They
had a lot of cows and ran a dairj'.
"That day the men wero In Ogden
and when the first band of Indians
came a boy rode over to Huntsville
and the men of the town went out
across tho river and got the white
women and children and escorted
them over to Huntsville" juBt as the
i fighting began. Tho white men made
I no move to interfere between the two
I Fighting Seen From Huntsville.
"The shooting could be heard and
the fighting could be seen from
Huntsville and there were some bad
ly scared people there. My brother
and I -were fooliah enough to look
upon the battle merely as an exciting
game and we regarded ourselves as
being very lucky in getting reserved
seats ,80 close.
g Kings Sold Last Year: H
E. J. Allen v
: i: . R. A. Moyes ' -:-Jf I
N. J. Keel I
;V7 - .ask them t H
Fone 1831-J for demonstration, 239 25th St H
t C. AKNOWLDEN, Mgr. ' H
ordinary adustments. This end was
The vehicle was a King registered
stock seven-passenger touring car
with a 120-inch wheelbase. The tire
equipment was Firestone 34-4-inch cas
ings and tubes, non-skid treads being
used in the rear. The motor is a
V-type eight with a bore and stroke
of 3x5 inches. It was fitted with an
Atwater-Kent ignition system and
Champion. Toledo-made spark plugs.
A Ball & Ball carburetor was fed
from a Carter gravity tank. Ward-
was the death of the Cheyenne chief.
He was mounted on a fine big horse
and had a war bonnet on that was
fully five feet long. He rode up and
down, yelling and encouraging his
men. In fact all the men on both
sides seemed to yell all the time.
"Suddenly the Cheyenne chief was
shot and tumbled off his horse. Then
the fighting centered round tho ef
forts of both sides to get possession
of the chief's body. The Shoshones
got the chiefs war bonnet and then
the Cheyennes rallied and drove them'
baojk, but the loss of their chief had
taken the fight out of them and tho
Shoshones again captured the body.
"That time they stripped off a
beaded belt or coat he wore and I
think they took his scalp. Then the
CheyenneB charged back again and
carried off the body. That ended the
fighting. Tho Cheyennes took their
dead and wounded and retreated back
up the trail to the south.
Many Are Wounded.
"I do not know that any of the
Shoshones were killed but they had
quite a number of wounded. They
followed the Cheyennes a short dis
tance but came back. Tho women
and children came out of the bushes
and they went on fixing up their
"My brother and I slipped down
from our tree and ran back home.
Talk about the Indians being so ob
serving! I don't think they saw us
from start to flnlBh. They were very
busy with their own affairs.
"Wo certainly .got '.scolded when
we got home. Nevertheless that
night after dark, when the Indians
had lighted camp fires and were dan
cing in oelebratlon of their victory,
my brother and I again slipped down
the Indian camp on the other side.
"We could also hear some Indian
women crying and mourning, so some
of the men may have been killed or
may have died of their wounds. The
worst wounds seemed to be from the
arrows. During the battle, wo saw
Indians on both sides riding at full
speed and hanging on to their saddles
with one leg which they shot arrows
from under the horse's neck.
"Tho next day we slipped away
away from home and went down to
the river again. Everything seemed
quiet over there in the Indian camp.
They seemed to bo resting. Wo joined
hands and by careful wading we
crossed over the river which was run
ning pretty swift
Saw Scalpa on a Pole.
."We slipped through tne bushes and
walked in among tho tepees. Still no
one saw us. Still no one saw us.
Leaning against one of the tepees we
saw a willow pole about ten feet
long and attached to the top of it
wero several bloody objects that my
brother said were scalps. They must
have been taken recently because the
flieB were buzzing around them. One
jter-cajns4iad Jons-gray, -iair ,
Leonard starting and lighting equip
ment was used with a Willard 6-S0
battery. This car is one of the regu
lar models which sellsx for $1350.
The test was conducted under the
direction of F. E. Edwards, repre
senting the contest board of the
American Automobile association, as
sisted by H. A, Tarantus of Motor and
J. E. Shipper of the Automobile, Alex
ander Johnston of Motor and M. C.
Horine of Commercial Vehicle, whose
services were required for the long
"While we stood looking at the jH
scalps, we heard a noise behind us jH
and there was a big Indian standing IH
there looking mad. He pointed toward IH
Huntsville and said 'Plke-away," which
means to get out We got out in a
hurry. We had no trouble in crossing
the river that time and we stayed
on the Huntsville side.
Had a White Baby.
"It was generally believed by the IH
settlers that this band of Shoshones IH
had just recently attacked some emi- IH
grant train because of the scalps
they had and the additional fact that
one of the squaws, when she came up jH
to the settlement, carried a baby in jH
her arms that was white.
"My mother made several offers to
buy the baby which the Indian woman iH
refused. There was also a white girl jH
of five with the band, but the In.
dians insisted that she was a half
breed. Tho Indians remained in camp
several weeks, but finally went away IH
up the river."
The above was not Mrs. Jessop's
first experience with Indians. While
the family still lived in Morgan coun
ty at Mountain Green and she was jH
only about six years old she recalls
vividly a night of terror on account
of the Indians. She says:
"It was the day of the Morrisite IH
battle near "Uintah. All the men had
been called out to assist In putting
down the insurrection. We could hear
tho sound of the cannon in Mountain jH
Green, and, while we were listening, IH
a large band of Indians rode up and
camped just east of the town in a
grove of cottonwoods.
"My father, William H. Perry, Tiad jH
gono with tho others and there were IH
not only no men left in the town, but
11v nn firearms. There was a IM
scared bunch of women and children
in Mountain Green. The grindstones
were kopt busy sharpening up knives, jH
hatchets, corn knives and axes. Every jH
house got ready to stand a siege. JM
"A messenger wasi hurried off to
Ogden to report the situation. As
night came on the Indians got bolder IH
and more impudent They very quick
ly discovered that the men were gone.
They rode all over the fields, helping
themselves to feed for their horses
They came to each house and de
manded food and the women handed
out all they had. "If they saw any- VM
think they wanted about the stables IH
or carrols, they took it along.
Children Not to Scream.
'That night every house was locked
up and the doors barricaded. Mother
told us children to lie down on the
beds with our clothes on and to keep
very quiet. Under no circumstances
were we to scream, if the house wero
attacked, as that would only show Vm
where w'o were.
"It was a night of terror and the
morning was not much better. The
next day Indians began their demands
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