Besides telling a story, Jeff’s post illustrates a skill useful to all family historians: reading between the lines of historic documents, to recognize the significance of even small references to people who otherwise left no personal records.
This article published in the Deseret News just before Brigham Young’s death in 1877 seems very much like articles published during the fire season in the western United States in 2012. It tells of the wildfire that destroyed the Richfield United Order saw mill. This saw mill was an important part of the fledgling United Order. The lumber was being used to the build the homes and public buildings in Richfield, as well as the other new settlements in central Utah’s Sevier County.
Full Particulars of the Fire at Richfield Saw Mill 
Richfield, Sevier County
Aug. 15, 1877
Editors, Deseret News,
I respectfully submit further particulars of the burning of the Richfield U.O. [United Order] steam sawmill, which happened on or about the 30th day of June, as collected and handed to me by Hon. A.K. Thurber, for the DESERET NEWS. This unfortunate accident entailed a loss of about 45,000 feet of lumber, 80,000 shingles and 1,000 lath, in addition to the loss of labor, time and machinery. It is a pleasing fact, however, that the mill is again in good running order, having commenced operations on the 3rd of August, just one month after the fire. Thanks for which is due to the company of men at work there, for the energy, and perseverance and skill with which it has been accomplished.
The mill is situated on the north side of Beaver Valley mountain, in a rather deep canon. The fire was first seen by James Sellars [Sellers], the superintendent, as he came out from dinner, when the flame was no larger than a man’s hat. An alarm being given it was speedily extinguished but the wind unusually high, sparks had been carried to the side of the mountain where it spread and raged furiously. The wind veered in another direction, when a dry tree near the mill caught fire in the top, but by cutting down the tree that was again extinguished in the immediate vicinity of the mill. On the night of July 2d the fire still raging in the timber with unabated fury, a guard of our men was appointed, and again they watched on the night of the 3rd, when they could hear the fire roaring as it passed into and across the canon above the mill. At about 11 a.m. the next day, the wind blowing a hurricane sent the fire down the canon towards the mill inevitably doomed for destruction, the hands employed fighting it as best they could, to prevent, if possible, the dreaded occurrence. While so engaged above the mill, the fire, as if by a whirlwind, broke out about half a mile below, and an up-current from that direction made it apparent that human effort to save the mill would prove futile, and they proposed to leave and save themselves by flight. But on persuasion of Superintendent Sellars [Sellers] and Brother James Gerr [Gurr], they still remained and continued their efforts to save the fragments. They took the main saw and put it in the creek, also the brass boxing off the engine, shingle saw, belts, and many other things. At this time Sister Marsh and two daughters left, and had to run three and a half miles, barely escaping with their lives. They were the cooks. 
It was found on examination after the fire, that the engine was not much damaged, and through the energy, skill and perseverance of the company such repairs were effected as to put the mill again in good running order by the 3rd of August, sawing lumber as before the disaster. It was considered very providential that no lives were lost.
These particulars I forward as desired. With much respect for the NEWS and its supporters, I am your friend and brother in the Gospel,
 Deseret News, vol 26, page 478; “Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” 15 August 1877, page 2; and William G. Hartley, Another Kind of Gold: The Life of Albert King Thurber (Troy, Idaho: The John Lowe Butler I 1808 Family Association), 375-76
 Sister Marsh was Ann Horrocks Marsh, my second great grandmother, who was born on January 16, 1829 at Lostock, Lancashire, England. She was 48 years old at the time of the fire. Her two youngest unmarried daughters were Mary, 21 years old, and Margaret, 16 years old.
These two sentences give an important insight into the life of a woman who left no personal records of her own. My accidental discovery of these lines is important to our understanding of her life. Ann had arrived in Utah on November 7, 1872 with her four daughters, leaving her non-Mormon husband in England. They arrived on the railroad. Her second daughter, Ann, married Thomas Ogden, whom she had known in England. Ann’s oldest daughter, Betsy, married James, Thomas’ older widowed brother. The Ogden family lived in Richfield, Sevier County, Utah and Ann moved there with her daughters.
The United Order was organized in Richfield in 1874, just as the Marsh women moved there. Ann with her two younger daughters worked at the United Order sawmill as cooks. Their cooking must have been good since both of the girls found husbands among the men that worked at the mill. Margaret married Reuben Gurr and Mary married the sawmill superintendent, James Sellers. Ann’s son-in-law Thomas Ogden contacted his non-Mormon father-in-law while on his mission to England, who said that he would return with him to Utah after his mission, but the father-in-law died before Thomas’s mission was completed. Ann did not remarry. She lived for ten years in the Mormon Colonies with the Sellers and Gurr families, and during the Mexican Revolution she returned to Richfield where she died on January 14, 1917. She was buried in Richfield on her 88th birthday.