D.U.P. Sto­ries

Iron Can­non Ball

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Ja­neene White­lock & Cyn­thia Pea­cock

Wil­liam Chase Har­ri­son was born in Lon­don, Eng­land on Septem­ber 29, 1852. He was the son of Wil­liam Har­ri­son and Es­ther Porter Har­ri­son. His mother died when he was just nine months old.

In Jan­uary of 1856, he sailed on the ship Car­a­van with his fa­ther and two sis­ters and 454 other Saints for Amer­ica.

They lived in sev­eral places while try­ing to earn enough to get to Zion.

One day his fa­ther went into town to get some food, but he came run­ning home say­ing, “Han­nah here comes the last boat of the sea­son. It leaves at 6 o’clock for Omaha. You Pack a few things while I go see the cap­tain.”

The cap­tain said, “Yes sir, you can go, not for money, but for work; I am short of men. But no women or chil­dren can go on this boat be­cause we carry the Union Flag. The en­emy is trail­ing us, and we may go down any minute.”

Just how Mr. Har­ri­son man­aged to get the fam­ily on the ship, no one ever knew. But they all got to go and they took with them very few sup­plies.

On the ship, Mr. Har­ri­son and his son was talk­ing to one of the en­gi­neers and Wil­liam was stand­ing nearby. As the ship rounded a bend a shot was fired from an un­known source. The can­non ball, 5 1/2 pounds in weight, hit tear­ing off part of the door jam and the pis­ton of the pro­pel­ling arm of the en­gine. The can­non ball fell into the en­gine pit, where Wil­liam Har­ri­son found it. He kept it and brought it across the plains to Utah.

He later set­tled in Payson, where he died in Jan­uary of 1936.

The can­non ball was do­nated to the D.U.P. Mu­seum and is on dis­play at the Payson City Cen­ter. Call to sched­ule your tour (801) 465-2469.

Sub­mit­ted by Ja­neene White­lock

This Can­non Ball was col­lected by Wil­liam Chase Har­ri­son and car­ried ac­cross the plains to Payson, Utah in the late 1800’s.

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