I've lived in Utah for 30+ years, went through the Utah History program in
Utah's public school system, and have never heard of Clarion and it's story.
Sad. I can tell you tons about Mormon pioneers but knew nothing of a Jewish
settlement and, until recently, nothing about the WWII internment camp near
Topaz. what's wrong with this picture?
This was a great little bite of history. Thanks for the highlight.Yes, it's too bad that we all didn't grow up learning about these Jewish
pioneers. We know our own so well...On this same weekend of their
100 anniversary, there will be the 154th anniversary of America's first 9/11 at
Mountain Meadows:September 11, 1857. Hope the DN will also do a nice
piece on the Fancher-Baker family reunion there. This year marks the successful
end to their long struggle to get the Utah Land Management to designate their
burial site as a historical landmark.Oh, and they also still work
tirelessly to get the true story into Utah history curriculum. We all know
"what's wrong with the picture". We just want justice and right to
Well if there was honesty and integrity like our history books claim, we
wouldn't have to be waiting 154 years later for the burial site to be protected.
It would already have been taken care of by the man who was Governor of Utah at
that time. Further more, all 50-60 perpetrators would have been tried in a
court of law. Not just one John D. Lee.Try and find those details
in any state history curricula. Or wait for the three BYU profs to finish MMM2.
They aren't finished telling the tale of the successive 20 years after the
I grew in California I learned all about "Father Sara" and the
"Catholic Missions of California" In the fourth grade we even went on
field trips to the Missions. Never once did they say anything about the
"Mormons" raising the First American Flag in San Diego and Los
Angeles; or the Gold discoveries by the Mormons; or the longest march in the
history of the US Army ending in San Diego by Mormons. Whats wrong with this
This was a great article. Now we understand the need for personal journals
where we can record history as it happens - apparently the history books of any
nation (I wasn't born in this country) leave some gaping holes, I am sometimes
asked to speak in local schools when they talk about western migration to the SL
Valley but the youth don't know of LDS history right in their own state. I
enjoyed my time living in Utah, I really enjoyed learning of this history and
can empathize with those Jewish families wanting to farm, own land and have an
inheritance in the soil. European Jews always yearned for a safe haven; my
grandfather fought in Palestine to help establish the State of Israel for a
homeland. I wish he had written a journal!