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Westward the Pioneers

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 23, 2010

With Pioneer Day coming on a Saturday this year, many of us in Utah have started a long weekend. We “celebrate” today by having a reduced bus schedule, most businesses are closed, and who knows what day or time this weekend the trash truck will come by? But TOMORROW, tomorrow we have a grand parade in downtown Salt Lake, and there’s a community breakfast on the lawn of our chapel that will serve pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, hashbrowns, fruit, juice, and milk to more than a thousand neighbors.

And never mind that the title on this cover is “Days of ’49” rather than our own “Days of ’47.”  The ’49ers were mighty glad to find the oasis of Great Salt Lake City when they came through, and the goods they left in Utah before pushing on to the gold fields of California were in large measure the temporal salvation of the Latter-day Saints.



  1. That’s a wonderful painting. Who’s the artist Ardis?

    Comment by Tod Robbins — July 23, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

  2. I don’t know, Tod. Like all the colored covers from that era, this appears to have been purchased stock from a supplier (in this case, The Knapp Co., Inc., whoever they were). The church couldn’t have printed it locally in Salt Lake; they didn’t have the color printing facilities yet. So whether this is by some famous artist or some unknown in-house illustrator, your guess is as good as mine.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 23, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

  3. say, what time would that breakfast start? and where y’all located at?

    Comment by Eldon Gatour — July 23, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

  4. Eldon, this may be coming too late for you, but if you see it, try the 20th Ward chapel in the Avenues — 2nd Ave. at F Street. Breakfast starts at 7:00, and it’s best to be there as close to 7:00 as you can.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 24, 2010 @ 5:06 am

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