Spin­ning wheel a re­minder of lo­cal pi­o­neer’s his­tory

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Ja­neene White­lock & Cyn­thia Pea­cock

This spin­ning wheel was owned and used by Mary Open­shaw Curtis. Mary spent the first few years of her mar­ried life spin­ning and weav­ing. She washed and combed the wool, carded it and spun it into yarn, then dyed it and wove it into cloth from which cloth­ing was made for the en­tire fam­ily.

Mary Open­shaw was the daugh­ter of Wil­liam Open­shaw and Ann Green­halgh Open­shaw. She was born March 25, 1839, at Bright­met, Lan­cashire, Eng­land.

On April 23, 1851, Wil­liam Open­shaw and his fam­ily were bap­tized, be­com­ing mem­bers of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints. They, like most LDS con­verts, were de­sirous of go­ing to Amer­ica where they could join other con­verts and go on to Utah.

When they joined the Saints in Amer­ica, they were as­signed to the Martin Hand­cart Com­pany. Although this com­pany en­dured many hard­ships, they kept up their cheer and courage.

They en­tered the Salt Lake Val­ley the lat­ter part of 1856. As soon as they were able, the fam­ily went to San­taquin to set­tle.

A short time af­ter ar­riv­ing in San­taquin, Mary went to Payson where she se­cured em­ploy­ment in the home of Ge­orge Curtis, and later she be­came his sec­ond wife. She was 18 years old when she was mar­ried Nov. 22, 1857.

Most of her pi­o­neer life was spent in Payson. She was al­ways a faith­ful and de­voted wife, a lov­ing and pa­tient mother and a wor­thy cit­i­zen. She lived to the age of 80 and died April 2, 1919.

The DUP Mu­seum in Payson has a longer and more com­plete his­tory if you would like to read it. Call 801-465-9858 to sched­ule an ap­point­ment.

This spin­ning wheel was owned by Mary Open­shaw Curtis, an early set­tler of San­taquin and Payson.

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