Our tables were decorated with cute little creatures and fall's seasonal candy corn. Our monthly DUP (Daughters of the Utah Pioneer) meeting started out with a prayer and saying the pledge of allegiance to the flag. We sang two pioneer songs that none of us knew, one being "The Lily of the West".
Angie told about her great great grandmother Ann Chester Ashby who was from Thorne, Yorkshire, England. A missionary by the name of Ashby converted her to the gospel and she left England and traveled to Iowa where she picked up what she called "a pushing wheel barrel" to cross the plains to Utah. I don't know about you but I would have found a horse to ride instead of pushing a wheel barrel which was actually called a hand cart.
After she settled in Utah, she again ran into Mr. Ashby and he married her. Sounds like a little romance going on, huh? They had 14 children six of whom died before maturity.
The pioneer museum piece was a leather strop - used to sharpen knives. The granddaughter of a pioneer donated their strop to the Springville Pioneer Museum. The owner of the strop had been sent on a mission to Australia and while he was there, they stoned him to death leaving a wife and several children in Utah to fend for themselves.