Pow­der pouch owned by past Payson res­i­dent

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

Henry Elmer was born March 7, 1841, in Adams County, Ill. His par­ents were Hyrum and Lucina Elmer. When he was 11 years old, the fam­ily started across the plains to Utah. He walked most of the way help­ing drive the cat­tle.

While liv­ing at Whites Fort, Utah, he worked at a church dairy. He was 12 years old. He made 50 cents a day milk­ing 25 cows morn­ing and night.

Later, he helped his fa­ther make shin­gles, and they also hauled blocks of gran­ite for the build­ing of the Salt Lake Tem­ple.

Af­ter mov­ing to Payson in 1858, he was able to at­tend some school. He learned to do many trades. Along with his fa­ther, they hauled rock from Span­ish Fork Canyon to wall up the tithing cel­lar and the com­mu­nity well in the cen­ter of town. He was a surveyor of roads, canals and bridges.

He and his fa­ther con­tin­ued freight­ing and selling com­modi­ties out to Camp Floyd where they were able to pur­chase items from the sol­diers, in­clud­ing a U.S. Cav­alry pow­der pouch. (Come in to the Payson City Cen­ter D.U.P. Mu­seum to see the pouch.) Henry later used this pouch while serv­ing in the Black Hawk War. The pouches were used to keep the black pow­der dry.

When John­ston’s Army left Utah, Henry took ox teams and hauled the wag­ons back to Payson for the black­smiths and the nail fac­tory.

In March of 1866, he mar­ried Sarah Ann Beck­stead. They had their first of 12 chil­dren on April 7, 1867. He was mar­ried to Sarah for 63 years. He died at the age of 87 in 1928 as a re­sult of the flu and pneu­mo­nia.

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