Guide to the USU student folklore genre collection of legends: character,
1960-2011

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Fife Folklore Archives
Title: USU student folklore genre collection of character legends
Dates: 1960-2011 ( inclusive )
Quantity: ca. 750 items
Collection Number: USU_FOLK COLL 8a_Group 7: Character Legends
Summary: Character legends collected by undergraduate students in USU (1960s to present) and BYU (1960 to 1978) folklore classes. Collected primarily in Utah, the items focus principally on folklore of the Western U.S.
Repository: Utah State University. Merrill-Cazier Library. Special Collections and Archives
Fife Folklore Archives

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

The Fife Folklore Archives Student Folklore Genre Collection consists of folklore items collected by undergraduate students in Utah State University folklore classes from the late 1960s to the present and folklore items collected by undergraduate students in Brigham Young University folklore and anthropology classes during 1960-1978. Most items include informant data, context, text (the folklore item), texture (stylistic notation), and collector data. The items of folklore are in text form on 8 ½ x 11 sheets of line-free paper. Since, 1999 genre items also include release forms. The materials do not circulate. The collection is separated into nine groups:

  • Group 1: customs (foodways)
  • Group 2: belief
  • Group 3: speech
  • Group 4: tales and jokes
  • Group 5: songs
  • Group 6: games and pranks
  • Group 7: legends: character, contemporary, etiological, human condition, supernatural non-religious and supernatural religious
  • Group 8: material culture
  • Group 9: e-lore: electronically transmitted folklore (Xerox, facsimile and e-mail)

In the late 1960s, folklore courses were first taught at USU by Professor Austin Fife. At this time, Fife (a French professor) had his students collect items of folklore on pre-printed index cards. The information on the cards has now been transferred to 8 ½ x 11 sheets of paper and the items have been added to the genre collection. At about the same time (1967) at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, Professor William A. Wilson began teaching folklore classes. Wilson had his students collect folklore using both genre collections and major project (focused) collections. The genre items were seperated and filed by genre. Also included in the BYU genre collection were items from two other BYU professors who had their students collect folklore: John Sorenson and Thomas Cheney. The student collections from Sorenson and Cheney were given to Wilson and he added them to the genre collection along with his students' work. On these items, in the upper right hand corner above all other information, Wilson noted "SC" for Sorenson Collection and "CC" for Cheney Collection.

In 1978, William A. Wilson left Brigham Young University to direct the newly established Folklore Program and Folklore Archives at Utah State University. Wilson brought to USU the student genre collection that he had amassed at BYU, with a copy of the genre collection remaining at the BYU library. At the USU folklore archives (later named the Fife Folklore Archives for Austin and Alta Fife), William A. Wilson and Barbara [Garrett] [Walker] Lloyd used the already sorted BYU materials when creating the collection classification system. This classification system, with its roots in the Finnish archive tradition, is still used at the Fife Folklore Archives.

Wilson was at USU until 1985 when he returned to BYU to head the English Department. However, the BYU administration gave him a year's leave of absence to copy all the student materials in the Fife Folklore Archives at USU and bring them with him to BYU. Wilson notes: "Hannele [wife] and I practically lived in the USU archive. Max [Peterson, Director of the Merrill Library] brought a copy machine into the archive, and we copied day after day. First we copied the entire BYU genre collection. Then we copied all the items in the accumulated genre piles [of USU items]." Thus, in 1985 the BYU and USU folklore genre and focused collections were identical. During the following years, William A. Wilson and later Kristi Bell at BYU's Folklore Archives (now named the William A. Wilson Folklore Archives) and Barbara [Garrett] [Walker] Lloyd and later Randy Williams at the Fife Folklore Archives at USU worked to maintain the same classification system at both universities' folklore archives. However, the materials submitted by students from the two universities began, of course, to differ from each other, as students generally collect the kinds of materials their professors talk about in class.

In 1985 Professor Barre Toelken came to USU (from the University of Oregon) to direct the Folklore Program. He continued the folklore-collecting legacy that Austin Fife and William A. Wilson began. Over the years Professors Steve Siporin, Patricia Gardner, Jan Roush, Jeannie Thomas, Lisa Gabbert and Lynne McNeill and instructors Barbara [Garrett] [Walker] Lloyd, Randy Williams, and Michael Christensen (and others) have all had their students collect and deposit folklore items to the Fife Folklore Archives. And thus, the USU Student Genre Collection continues to grow. The format has changed somewhat over the years to reflect the trends in folkloristics. As stated above, many of the early submissions had little contextual data, and often limited, if any, informant data. William A. Wilson created a collecting format that included: informant data, contextual data, and text (item of folklore). Barre Toelken and Randy Williams added "texture" to the format of genre collections, allowing the collector to give "the feel" of the item to potential researchers. In in 1998, students were asked to include release forms with their genre items, following a trend in the folklore field that addresses not only the item (which in some cases, like a joke, may been seen as part of the public domain materials and therefore not needing a release) but also the performance of the lore (and therefore necessary for a release from the performer informant).In 2002, the collection was moved from hundreds of three-ringed binders to archival folders and boxes, making the collection more physically stable and easier to manage and use. In 2003, the collection finding aids were encoded in HTML as a means of hosting them on-line for greater research accessibility. In 2012, the finding aids were hosted in EAD.

Content Description

The USU Student Folklore Genre Collection: Group 7: Character Legends consists of approximately 750 individual items of character legends collected by undergraduate students. Most items include informant, context, text (the folklore item), texture (stylistic notation), and collector data. The materials reflect both insider (esoteric) and outsider (exoteric) views of a folk group and may be prejudiced or stereotyped.

  • Character Legends

Forms one of nine subgroups in the Utah State University student genre collection, housed in the Fife Folklore Archives. Guide to folklore collecting assignments.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research. To access the collection a patron must have the following information: collection number, series number, sub-series number, if applicable, box number and folder number (or image number).

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Patrons must sign and comply with the USU Special Collections and Archives Use Agreement and Reproduction Order form as well as any restrictions placed by the collector or informant(s).

Permission to publish material from the USU student folklore genre collection legends must be obtained from the Curator of the Fife Folklore Archives and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

USU Student Folklore Genre collection: Character Legends, 1960-2011. (FOLK COLL 8a: Group 7, box, folder). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arrangement: topical.

Acquisition Information :  

The items in the Student Folklore Genre Collection were collected by USU and BYU students in folklore and anthropology classes as part of course requirements and deposited in the Fife Folklore Archives by the instructor. Duplicates of BYU student items are housed at BYU's William A. Wilson Folklore Archives. The materials in Group 7: Legends (including character, contemporary, etiological, human condition, supernatural non-religious, and supernatural religious legends) cover the period from approximately 1960 to the present. The collection was created in 1978 by William A. Wilson and Barbara [Garrett] [Walker] Lloyd.

Processing Note :  

Originally processed by Barbara [Garrett] [Walker] Lloyd and William A. Wilson and updated over the years by Fife Folklore Archives staff. Most recently updated by Nicole Cornwall, 2012. Finding aid prepared by Randy Williams and Tricia Harrison, 2002; updated by Randy Williams, March 2012.


Detailed Description of the Collection

4 :  Character Legends
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
15 1 4.A.1: Arnold, Benedict
Box
Folder
15 1 4.A.1.1.1 : Arnold hanged because he lost battle with the Canadians
.1 (item)
15 2 4.B.1: Brown, Hugh B
Box
Folder
15 2 4.B.1.1 : Humorous reply to compliment
.1 (item)
15 2 4.B.1.2 : Tells upset general not to take himself so seriously
.1 (item)
15 2 4.B.1.3 : Tells a cigar smoking man that he is to be the next bishop
.1 (item)
15 3 4.B.2: Brooks, Juanita
Box
Folder
15 3 4.B.2.1 : Wrote about Mountain Meadows Massacre out of duty
.1 (item)
15 4 4.B.3: Boggs, Governor Lilburn
Box
Folder
15 4 4.B.3.1 : His grave is in the shadow on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Los Angeles Temple
.1 (item)
15 5 4.B.4: Bridger, Jim
Box
Folder
15 5 4.B.4.1 : Jim Bridger said he would pay $1,000 for the first bushel of corn grown in Utah
.1 (item)
15 5 4.B.4.2 : Bridger claim that Tetons were so cold that all sound was frozen until spring
.1 (item)
15 6 4.B.5: Bill, Buffalo
Box
Folder
15 6 4.B.5.1 : Buffalo Bill praises a woman's pies
.1 (item)
15 6 4.B.5.2 : Angered when woman refuses to dance with him
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1: Cassidy, Butch
Box
Folder
15 7 4.C.1.1 : Gives mortgage money to couple, then steals it from banker
.4 (items)
15 7 4.C.1.2 : Faith protects people from Butch's harm
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.3 : Living in Star Valley, where he rode fifty miles to get medicine to help sick person
.2 (items)
15 7 4.C.1.4 : Often stopped at the "Strip" in Gusher, Utah
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.5 : Cowboy wanders into Butch's camp and is treated with dinner, breakfast, and place to sleep
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.6 : Man gives Butch a horse to escape so he will not shoot his son
.2 (items)
15 7 4.C.1.7 : Pleasant View butcher in Cassidy's gang
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.8 : Family story of grandfather retrieving stolen horses from Butch Cassidy
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.9 : Cassidy breaks into home; occupants hide under the bed
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.10 : Sheriff, who was sent to arrest him, helped across river by Cassidy
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.11 : Cassidy didn't die in South American, he stashed money in Southern Utah
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.12 : Cassidy hid money in Dingle
.2 (items)
15 7 4.C.1.13 : Findley Gridley tells Cassidy to stop robbing his payroll and Cassidy stops
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.14 : Cassidy scrubs beautiful woman's floor
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.15 : Cassidy wallpapers saloon with bank notes
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.16 : Montpelier sheriff rides Cassidy out of town on a bicycle
.2 (items)
15 7 4.C.1.17 : Cassidy robbed banks to give money poor
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.18 : In his youth, Cassidy was unjustly accused and thrown in prison
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.19 : Man helps Cassidy hide from lawmen
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.20 : Cassidy shares food with hungry cowboys
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.21 : Cassidy's lookout man hides in barn to avoid sheriff
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.22 : Cassidy was very popular with women
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.23 : On the way to the store, a man was shot by Cassidy and gang member
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.24 : Cassidy robs Montpelier bank
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.25 : Butch Cassidy was an excellent horseman
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.26 : Butch lived in Cokeville after his release from prison
.1 (item)
15 7 4.C.1.27 : Cassidy's gang mines for gold, kidnaps Amasa Alonzo
.1 (item)
15 8 4.C.2: Cowley, Matthew
Box
Folder
15 8 4.C.2.1 : Blessed and healed blind and deaf child in South Seas
.1 (item)
15 8 4.C.2.2 : Gives a talk a woman wanted him to give, but had not said so
.1 (item)
15 8 4.C.2.3 : House of his birth dedicated to shelter the birth of a prophet
.1 (item)
15 9 4.C.3: Clanton Brothers
Box
Folder
15 9 4.C.3.1 : Livestock theft
.1 (item)
15 10 4.C.4: Capone, Al
Box
Folder
15 10 4.C.4.1 : Al Capone had an underground tunnel connecting his "business establishment" with a golf course
.1 (item)
15 11 4.C.5: Churchill, Winston
Box
Folder
15 11 4.C.5.1 : Al Capone had an underground tunnel connecting his "business establishment" with a golf course
.1 (item)
15 11 4.C.5.2 : "Never, never, never give up"
.1 (item)
15 11 4.C.5.3 : Insults an ugly woman while drunk
.2 (items)
15 12 4.D.1: DuGuesclin, Bertrand
Box
Folder
15 12 4.D.1.1 : As a young man, Bertrand DuGuesclin beat all the knights and was named the head of the French armies
.1 (item)
15 13 4.G.1: Grant, Heber, J
Box
Folder
15 13 4.G.1.1 : As a joke, Heber J. Grant's accompanist plays a different song than Grant is singing
.1 (item)
15 13 4.G.1.2 : Grant called to be apostle by heavenly council
.1 (item)
15 14 4.H.1: Hickman, Bill
Box
Folder
15 14 4.H.1.1 : Bill's brother helped him escape from Johnston's Army
.1 (item)
15 15 4.H.2: Hitler, Adolf
Box
Folder
15 15 4.H.2.1 : Hitler ordered sick and injured into lower levels of tunnel, sealed them off, and flooded the tunnels
.1 (item)
15 15 4.H.2.2 : Olympic athlete seated next to Hitler
.1 (item)
15 15 4.H.2.3 : Hitler gets battle plans from book
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1: James, Jesse
Box
Folder
15 16 4.J.1.1 : Jesse never stole from doctors
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1.2 : Hid in Meremac Caverns and escaped another way
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1.3 : Hid loot in mountains above Malad, Idaho; sun shows the spot
.2 (items)
15 16 4.J.1.4 : Seen in Salt Lake City to have picture taken
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1.5 : Gives lame dog to boys
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1.6 : Young man meets Jesse and they trade horses
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1.7 : Jesse James "steals" someone's bed for the night
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1.8 : Money Jesse buries in a graveyard is stolen by a hidden observer
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1.9 : Woman feeds Jesse James
.2 (items)
15 16 4.J.1.10 : Boy receives revolver from his cousin Jesse James
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1.11 : Woman hides child from James, claims "Contagious Evil."
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1.12 : Jesse James hides out in small ranches
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1.13 : Man started fight with Jesse James and won
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1.14 : Jesse James shot his own horse
.1 (item)
15 16 4.J.1.15 : Jesse's alleged romance
.1 (item)
15 17 4.J.2: Johnson, Lyndon Baines
Box
Folder
15 17 4.J.2.1 : Johnson's workers register and vote for him in names of dead people
.1 (item)
15 18 4.K.1: Kimball, Heber C
Box
Folder
15 18 4.K.1.1 : Heber C. Kimball speaks eloquently
.1 (item)
15 18 4.K.1.2 : Joseph Smith tests Kimball
.1 (item)
15 19 4.K.2: Kimball, J. Golden
Box
Folder
15 19 4.K.2.1 : J. Golden can not read talk written from him and swears about it
.11 (items)
15 19 4.K.2.2 : "Southern Utah is hotter than hell"
.5 (items)
15 19 4.K.2.3 : "No respect for the priesthood."
.8 (items)
15 19 4.K.2.4 : "I repent too fast"
.6 (items)
15 19 4.K.2.5 : "The Lord must enjoy a joke"
.2 (items)
15 19 4.K.2.6 : "Would you give your life for the Church?"
.1 (item)
15 19 4.K.2.7 : Regarding tithing
.1 (item)
15 19 4.K.2.8 : Microphone in front and general authorities in back equals no inspiration"
.3 (items)
15 19 4.K.2.9 : "Only ten percent of you would go to the Celestial Kingdom"
.2 (items)
15 20 4.K.2.10 : "Holes in expensive hat for a jackass"
.4 (items)
15 20 4.K.2.11 : Kimball is carried around on a machine, "I just passed you twelve times, and you didn’t speak to me"
.3 (items)
15 20 4.K.2.12 : "I’ll give the whole herd to the Lord"
.2 (items)
15 20 4.K.2.13 : "Hell, I stopped swearing two years ago"
.2 (items)
15 20 4.K.2.14 : "How many work in church offices? About one-third"
.2 (items)
15 20 4.K.2.15 : "All in favor of moving Mt. Nebo?"
.6 (items)
15 20 4.K.2.16 : "Who the hell's funeral am I preaching?"
.2 (items)
15 20 4.K.2.17 : "You’re too ugly"
.1 (item)
15 20 4.K.2.18 : Starting talk with "Go to Hell"
.2 (items)
15 20 4.K.2.19 : "Sing, for hell's sake, sing"
.2 (items)
15 20 4.K.2.20 : "President Grant says that I swear too damn much"
.1 (item)
15 20 4.K.2.21 : "We’ve damn near spoiled the boy"
.1 (item)
15 20 4.K.2.22 : "Regarding the Book of Mormon: read the parts that aren’t sealed"
.1 (item)
15 20 4.K.2.23 : "No man has ever laid in bed with a woman without doing something"
.1 (item)
15 20 4.K.2.24 : Swearing marks J. Golden Kimball's presence
.1 (item)
15 20 4.K.2.25 : Regarding the Word of Wisdom
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.26 : "Do you remember? Why the hell should I?"
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.27 : "Too many called by relation, not by revelation"
.2 (items)
15 21 4.K.2.28 : Swearing helps people remember what he says
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.29 : Has two choirs sing at the same time to illustrate sound of arguing
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.30 : On the air: "What the hell is this damn note for?"
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.31 : "The temple wasn’t there yesterday"
.2 (items)
15 21 4.K.2.32 : "I love some brethren better than others"
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.33 : "To make a go of marriage, use more than laying on of hands"
.2 (items)
15 21 4.K.2.34 : Affects woman's life by saying she can not do so many things at once
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.35 : Regarding adultery
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.36 : While he fasted and prayed, someone else married his girl
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.37 : Fell on woman
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.38 : Convert the South
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.39 : "Go get drunk and repent, but do something"
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.40 : "It takes a damn good man to read the Deseret News"
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.41 : The Prophet of the Lord
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.42 : "No visions but damn good nightmares"
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.43 : Kimball promises a congregation more than can ever occur
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.44 : Kimball drinks coffee
.2 (items)
15 21 4.K.2.45 : Kimball regrets his words in a funeral address
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.46 : "Why don't you go to hell?"
.2 (items)
15 21 4.K.2.47 : Says he could pee half way across Jordan River
.2 (items)
15 21 4.K.2.48 : At time of his death, he wonders if it's all a big joke
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.49 : Southern Utah destroyed if the people don't repent
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.50 : Says members aren't fit to eat with the pigs
.1 (item)
15 21 4.K.2.51 : Tells of meeting crazy church members
.1 (item)
15 22 4.K.3: Kimball, Spencer W
Box
Folder
15 22 4.K.3.1 : "I had to pay thousands to sound like that."
.1 (item)
15 22 4.K.3.2 : Confusion with Spencer Kinard
.3 (items)
15 22 4.K.3.3 : Girls do not recognize him
.1 (item)
15 22 4.K.3.4 : He said drought was a trial.
.1 (item)
15 22 4.K.3.5 : He is told not to give rides to lone women
.1 (item)
15 22 4.K.3.6 : "You wouldn’t sleep if you knew what I know."
.1 (item)
15 22 4.K.3.7 : His reaction to long hair
.1 (item)
15 22 4.K.3.8 : Tells man to buy food storage instead of presents
.1 (item)
15 22 4.K.3.9 : Says three Nephites are at conference session
.1 (item)
15 22 4.K.3.10 : Refuses to speak to congregation because no one has food storage
.1 (item)
15 23 4.K.4: Knight, Jesse
Box
Folder
15 23 4.K.4.1 : Dream mine discovered
.1 (item)
15 23 4.K.4.2 : "I’ll donate chandelier, but I don’t think I can play it"
.1 (item)
15 24 4.K.5: Kennedy, John F
Box
Folder
15 24 4.K.5.1 : Kennedy not dead
.4 (items)
15 24 4.K.5.2 : Kennedy killed by Lee Oswald look alike
.1 (item)
15 25 4.L.1: Lee, Harold B
Box
Folder
15 25 4.L.1.1 : Put "B.S." in book margin for "Brother Skousen."
.2 (items)
15 25 4.L.1.2 : Oakland Temple, sign given that Lee would one day be church president
.1 (item)
15 25 4.L.1.3 : Devil told Lee he would be the prophet one day
.1 (item)
15 26 4.M.1: McConkie, Bruce R
Box
Folder
15 26 4.M.1.1 : Sang hymns when he and friends were dating
.1 (item)
15 26 4.M.1.2 : On his deathbed, his mother tells him to prepare the way for her to die also
.1 (item)
15 27 4.M.2: McKay, David O
Box
Folder
15 27 4.M.2.1 : Tells joke to the Lord
.3 (items)
15 27 4.M.2.2 : Speeding: "I haven’t slowed down a bit"
.2 (items)
15 27 4.M.2.3 : Thought Bruce R. McConkie was a vision
.1 (item)
15 27 4.M.2.4 : "Let's go now," – loved to drive fast
.1 (item)
15 27 4.M.2.5 : Sister McKay
.1 (item)
15 27 4.M.2.6 : "Few people die at 91"
.1 (item)
15 27 4.M.2.7 : Reads chauffeur's thoughts: "I know I am a prophet"
.1 (item)
15 27 4.M.2.8 : That David O. McKay will never amount to anything
.1 (item)
15 27 4.M.2.9 : Picture of Christ not correct
.1 (item)
15 27 4.M.2.10 : Warns people off volcano platform
.1 (item)
15 28 4.M.3: Monson, Thomas S
Box
Folder
15 28 4.M.3.1 : Son puts egg in Brother Monson's pocket
.1 (item)
15 28 4.M.3.2 : High goals – $100,000 dog
.1 (item)
15 28 4.M.3.3 : Note is passed from Monson to Boyd K. Packer during General Conference
.1 (item)
15 29 4.M.4: McKay, Gunn
Box
Folder
15 29 4.M.4.1 : Gunn McKay as a youth
.1 (item)
15 30 4.M.5: Merrill, Marriner W
Box
Folder
15 30 4.M.5.1 : Disobeys the manifesto against polygamy
.1 (item)
15 30 4.M.5.2 : Chose to ride his horse in the middle of the road to everyone else's inconvenience
.1 (item)
15 30 4.M.5.3 : Merrill sells his company but hides gold from his wives
.1 (item)
15 31 4.M.6: Marshall, Peter
Box
Folder
15 31 4.M.6.1 : Peter Marshall, famous Presbyterian minister and politician, had movie made after him
.1 (item)
15 32 4.N.1: Nibley, Hugh
Box
Folder
15 32 4.N.1.1 : Calls graduation robes a mockery in public prayer
.4 (items)
15 32 4.N.1.2 : Met girl and knew he would marry her
.2 (items)
15 32 4.N.1.3 : Carved Book of Mormon passage into sandstone in Egyptian
.1 (item)
15 32 4.N.1.4 : Saves books and continues reading in flooded office
.1 (item)
15 32 4.N.1.5 : Lectured in English from non-English notes
.1 (item)
15 32 4.N.1.6 : Bought goat instead of mowing the lawn
.1 (item)
15 33 4.O.1: Oaks, Dallin
Box
Folder
15 33 4.O.1.1 : Strongly-worded letter to follow
.1 (item)
15 33 4.O.1.2 : Teenage prank
.1 (item)
15 33 4.O.1.3 : Banned movie
.1 (item)
15 34 4.P.1: Pratt, Parley
Box
Folder
15 34 4.P.1.1 : Has a vision in which his first wife appears and answers his prayers
.1 (item)
15 35 4.P.2: Priest, Ivy Baker
Box
Folder
15 35 4.P.2.1 : Flops in a screen test
.1 (item)
15 36 4.P.3: Puller, General "Chesty"
Box
Folder
15 36 4.P.3.1 : Liked to be surrounded by the enemy so he could shoot in all directions
.1 (item)
15 37 4.R.1: Rockwell, Porter
Box
Folder
15 37 4.R.1.1 : If man is still alive, Porter did not shoot him
.2 (items)
15 37 4.R.1.2 : Never cut his hair
.2 (items)
15 37 4.R.1.3 : Cut his hair once for a wig for a lady
.1 (item)
15 37 4.R.1.4 : Stole pants of Johnston's Army
.1 (item)
15 37 4.R.1.5 : Disguised as a woman
.1 (item)
15 37 4.R.1.6 : Kills man after bluffing about other man's gun
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15 37 4.R.1.7 : Shot two boys he mistook for thieves
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15 37 4.R.1.8 : "Don’t you have any respect for the priesthood"
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15 37 4.R.1.9 : Stole tired animals from gold rushers and sold them new ones
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15 37 4.R.1.10 : Developed drinking problem later in life
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15 37 4.R.1.11 : Rockwell's cane used to beat off bad guys
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15 37 4.R.1.12 : Bullets didn't hit him due to special blessing
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15 38 4.R.2: Roberts, B.H
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15 38 4.R.2.1 : About youth
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15 38 4.R.2.2 : "My father knew your grandfather in the penitentiary"
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15 39 4.R.3: Roosevelt, Teddy
Box
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15 39 4.R.3.1 : Boy rides piggy-back on Roosevelt
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15 40 4.R.4: Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Box
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15 40 4.R.4.1 : Franklin Roosevelt died by committing suicide
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16 1 4.S.1: Smith, Joseph
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16 1 4.S.1.1 : Blesses man to be a great doctor
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16 1 4.S.1.2 : Sends Brigham Young to Canada
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16 1 4.S.1.3 : Tries to prove he can walk on water
.2 (items)
16 1 4.S.1.4 : Man's arm shrivels trying to behead prophet's body at Carthage
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16 1 4.S.1.5 : History of Joseph Smith's gun given to the Allred family (photo included)
.2 (items)
16 1 4.S.1.6 : Mantle of Joseph Smith Falls on Brigham Young
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16 1 4.S.1.7 : Child gives water to Joseph Smith as he goes to Carthage Jail
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16 1 4.S.1.8 : Origin of LDS Church
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16 1 4.S.1.9 : Jokes with man about giving up his land
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16 1 4.S.1.10 : Smith escapes from prison
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16 2 4.S.2: Smith, Jessie Evans
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16 2 4.S.2.1 : Whistles
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16 2 4.S.2.2 : Reminds Joseph to close his talk
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16 2 4.S.2.3 : Reminds Joseph to blow his nose in hearing of others
.2 (items)
16 2 4.S.2.4 : She waves at Joseph
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16 2 4.S.2.5 : Her brother paid to hear her sing
.2 (items)
16 2 4.S.2.6 : Turned down opera opportunity for spiritual reasons
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16 2 4.S.2.7 : Turned down Mother Superior role in play
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16 2 4.S.2.8 : Duets with Joseph.
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16 2 4.S.2.9 : Joseph
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16 3 4.S.2.10 : "The opinions just expressed are not necessarily those of the management"
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16 3 4.S.2.11: "He's on my payroll"
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16 3 4.S.2.12 : "He presides, I conduct"
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16 3 4.S.2.13 : Message of family love had effect on child
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16 3 4.S.2.14 : She mellowed Joseph Fielding Smith
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16 3 4.S.2.15 : Member of Evans Sisters singing group
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16 3 4.S.2.16: Jessie is president of church instead of Claire Middlemas
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16 3 4.S.2.17 : She feeds Joseph Fielding Smith vitamins so he will live to be president
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16 3 4.S.2.18 : Referred to Joseph Fielding Smith as "Daddy"
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16 3 4.S.2.19 : "Daddy, these kids want to talk to you"
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16 3 4.S.2.20 : Wore make-up
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16 3 4.S.2.21 : "He’ll learn to like lipstick"
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16 3 4.S.2.22 : Liked to drive fast
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16 3 4.S.2.23 : Miniskirts: "The end is in sight"
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16 3 4.S.2.24 : Waved to crowds
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16 3 4.S.2.25: Did not know if she could fit into a Volkswagen
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16 4 4.S.2.26 : The body of an elephant
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16 4 4.S.2.27 : "Mary had a little sheep..." rhyme
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16 4 4.S.2.28 : Diamond pin
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16 4 4.S.2.29 : "I am not spoiled"
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16 4 4.S.2.30 : Joseph Fielding Smith
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16 4 4.S.2.31 : Sang at a lot of funerals
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16 4 4.S.2.32: Liked to talk to people
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16 4 4.S.2.33 : Wanted step-children to call her "Aunt Jessie"
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16 4 4.S.2.34 : Joseph Fielding Smith and Jessie hold hands
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16 4 4.S.2.35 : Made pies with her husband
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16 4 4.S.2.36 : Helped Joseph Fielding Smith by telling story for him
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16 4 4.S.2.37 : Big feet
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16 4 4.S.2.38 : She straightened and combed Joseph Fielding Smith
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16 4 4.S.2.39 : Made choir men button their jackets
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16 4 4.S.2.40 : Waving at Joseph Fielding Smith when he wants her to come across the street
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16 4 4.S.2.41: Selective about whom to marry
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16 4 4.S.2.42 : Mistakes bust of Lucy Mack Smith for a woman in Joseph Fielding Smith's office
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16 4 4.S.2.43 : "Joe, come on!"
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16 4 4.S.2.44 : Organized family reunions
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16 4 4.S.2.45 : Extended narrative
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16 5 4.S.3: Smith, Joseph Fielding
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16 5 4.S.3.1 : "B.S." for Brother Skousen
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16 5 4.S.3.2 : Liked to relax by flying in jets
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16 5 4.S.3.3 : Boat name
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16 5 4.S.3.4 : Ordered Coke when nothing else was available
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16 5 4.S.3.5 : Practical joke – bitter olives
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16 5 4.S.3.6 : Tells woman she can serve mission in spite of bad heart
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16 5 4.S.3.7 : "Half of you are going to hell!"
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16 5 4.S.3.8 : "Savior will come."
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16 5 4.S.3.9 : Rain stops during dedication of Missouri Visitor's Center
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16 5 4.S.3.10 : Lord's promise
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16 5 4.S.3.11 : Christ was greatest influence of his life
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16 5 4.S.3.12 : Home teachers contacted when he died
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16 5 4.S.3.13 : Liked to be punctual; once was aided by a pilot friend
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16 5 4.S.3.14 : Kissed his son
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16 5 4.S.3.15 : In Hawaii
.2 (items)
16 6 4.S.3.16 : Had more understanding of the plan of salvation than most people could accept
.1 (item)
16 6 4.S.3.17 : After Jessie's funeral, could not face work; stayed at Bruce R. McConkie's home awhile, then set back to work
.2 (items)
16 6 4.S.3.18 : Typed by Bible method: "Seek and ye shall find."
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16 6 4.S.3.19 : Liked red ties
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16 6 4.S.3.20 : Had picture taken with little girl; later called on her birthday
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16 6 4.S.3.21 : M.G. Romney
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16 6 4.S.3.22 : Boycotted a store that opened on Sundays until it stopped
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16 6 4.S.3.23 : Cried as young missionary confessed to him
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16 6 4.S.3.24 : Shared his coat with a young boy
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16 6 4.S.3.25 : Expert handball player
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16 6 4.S.3.26 : Said he would not change any of his writing before he was president
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16 6 4.S.3.27 : Always blew a kiss to Jessie as he left for work
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16 6 4.S.3.28 : His parents paid tithing even during hard times
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16 6 4.S.3.29 : Wore old style garments. Fell asleep during a meeting
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16 6 4.S.3.30 : Should be banned
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16 6 4.S.3.31 : He was a nice, kind man
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16 6 4.S.3.32 : Used music to bring two general authorities together on an issue
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16 6 4.S.3.33 : Jessie got him to like singing
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16 6 4.S.3.34 : Jessie
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16 6 4.S.3.35 : Regarding Joseph Fielding Smith becoming president
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16 6 4.S.3.36 : Extended narrative
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16 6 4.S.3.37 : "Valiant ones in Church come back to the second session"
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16 6 4.S.3.38 : Played joke on cousin, Israel Smith
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16 6 4.S.3.39 : Identity is mistaken by disappointed bride
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16 7 4.S.4: Shipp, Ellis Reynolds
Box
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16 7 4.S.4.1 : Shipp, one of the first woman doctors west of the Mississippi, lived in polygamy
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16 8 4.T.1: Tran-Hung-Das
Box
Folder
16 8 4.T.1.1 : Vietnamese general outwits his enemies
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16 9 4.V.1: Villa, Pancho
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16 9 4.V.1.1 : Villa punished men for bothering Mormon women
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16 9 4.V.1.2 : Valuable watch is missing; Villa orders the watch returned
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16 9 4.V.1.3 : Villa releases captured man and punishes renegades who took him
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16 9 4.V.1.4 : Villa made headquarters at woman's house
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16 9 4.V.1.5 : Mormons with supplies for missionaries help-up by Villa
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16 9 4.V.1.6 : Pancho's men steal a boy's horse; the boy steals in back
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16 9 4.V.1.7 : Pancho Villa's pistol stolen
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16 9 4.V.1.8 : Villa kills man, claims it's "the ultimate excommunication"
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16 9 4.V.1.9 : Villa threatens to kill a man for horses
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16 9 4.V.1.10: Pancho Villa was really killed by campesino
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16 9 4.V.1.11 : Villa was really Dorotes Arango, a poor farm peasant
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16 9 4.V.1.12 : Villa killed by earthquake, his body was never found
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16 9 4.V.1.13 : Town protected from Villa by cleverness
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16 10 4.W.1: Washington, George
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16 10 4.W.1.1 : Old couple take Washington in for a night
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16 10 4.W.1.2 : George Washington's watch
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16 10 4.W.1.3 : John Honeyman was George Washington's spy
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16 10 4.W.1.4 : Indians believe Great Spirit protected Washington from harm
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16 11 4.W.2: Wilkinson, Ernest
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16 11 4.W.2.1 : He finds fiancé of a distraught girl at midnight
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16 11 4.W.2.2 : Promise to student regarding tuition
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16 11 4.W.2.3 : Did not know that W.C. (Wilkinson Center) stood for water closet
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16 12 4.W.3: Woodruff, Wilford
Box
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16 12 4.W.3.1 : Woodruff goes fishing to avoid being arrested for polygamy
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16 13 4.Y.1: Young, Brigham
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16 13 4.Y.1.1 : Tells people of Moroni to change town's location
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16 13 4.Y.1.2 : Woman having trouble with husband
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16 13 4.Y.1.3 : "If bread is dry, soak it in the creek"
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16 13 4.Y.1.4 : Rhyme attributed to Brigham Young against trading at Walker Brothers
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16 13 4.Y.1.5 : Snappy comeback to Tom Thumb: "When I was your size.."
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16 13 4.Y.1.6 : Regarding angel
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16 13 4.Y.1.7 : States that a spot is where the Gadianton Robbers were
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16 13 4.Y.1.8 : Hits staff against podium in [LDS] temple, saying three men should not be in temple
.2 (items)
16 13 4.Y.1.9 : Brigham Young brings up Indian girl
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16 13 4.Y.1.10 : People supposed to throw tenth of wood off at Eagle Gate for Brigham
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16 13 4.Y.1.11 : Brigham Young placed spittoons at end of benches in tabernacle
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16 13 4.Y.1.12 : Evades federal officers
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16 13 4.Y.1.13 : Brigham disputes with Hosea Stout
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16 13 4.Y.1.14 : Moves wagon in the night and avoids disaster
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16 13 4.Y.1.15 : Brigham tells John Neff his descendants would never hunger for bread
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16 13 4.Y.1.16 : Brigham's father fought in Revolutionary War
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16 13 4.Y.1.17 : Brigham feuds with General Pat Connor
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16 13 4.Y.1.18 : Tells Ezra Benson to sell his home and move
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16 13 4.Y.1.19 : Proclaims an "eternal curse" on city of Corinne
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16 13 4.Y.1.20 : Tells Erastus Bingham to ignore green rocks in what is now Kennecott
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16 13 4.Y.1.21 : Bingham curses man for committing crime; the man's hand withers
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16 13 4.Y.1.22 : Says Cedar City's soil is unsuitable for a town
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16 13 4.Y.1.23 : Makes daughters' suitors leave for turning lights down
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16 13 4.Y.1.24 : Brigham's first reaction to Utah
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16 13 4.Y.1.25 : Carried tobacco with him to prove that he could abstain
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16 13 4.Y.1.26 : Young believes Peter Nebeker over his son
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16 14 4.Y.2: Young, Harriet Cook
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16 14 4.Y.2.1 : She saves seed potatoes in spite of Brigham Young's begging for them
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16 14 4.Y.2.2 : When Brigham Young is going to reprimand her says, "I'm just praying for you to get through"
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Subjects

  • Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801--Legends
  • Boggs, Lillburn W., 1792-1860--Legends
  • Bridger, Jim, 1804-1881--Legends
  • Brooks, Juanita, 1898-1989--Legends
  • Brown, Hugh B., 1883-1975--Legends
  • Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917--Legends
  • Capone, Al, 1899-1947--Legends
  • Cassidy, Butch, b. 1866--Legends
  • Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965--Legends
  • Clanton Brothers--Legends
  • Cowley, Matthew, 1897-1953--Legends
  • Du Guesclin, Bertrand, comte de Longueville, ca. 1320-1380--Legends
  • Folklore archives--Utah.
  • Folklore--West (U.S.)
  • Grant, Heber J. (Heber Jeddy), 1856-1945--Legends
  • Hickman, William Adams (Wild Bill), 1815-1883--Legends
  • Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945--Legends
  • James, Jesse, 1847-1882--Legends
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973--Legends
  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963--Legends
  • Kimball, Heber C. (Heber Chase), 1801-1868--Legends
  • Kimball, Jonathan Golden (J. Golden), 1853-1938--Legends
  • Kimball, Spencer W. (Spencer Woolley), 1895-1985--Legends
  • Knight, Jesse, 1845-1921--Legends
  • Legends--United States.
  • Marshall, Peter, 1902-1949--Legends
  • McConkie, Bruce R. (Bruce Redd), 1915-1985--Legends
  • McKay, David O. (David Oman), 1873-1970--Legends
  • McKay, Gunn (Koln Gunn), 1925-2000--Legends
  • Merrill, Marriner W. (Marriner Wood), 1832-1906--Legends
  • Monson, Thomas S. (Thomas Spencer), 1927---Legends
  • Nibley, Hugh, 1910-2005--Legends
  • Oaks, Dallin H. (Dallin Harris), 1932---Legends
  • Pratt, Parley P. (Parley Parker), 1807-1857--Legends
  • Priest, Ivy Baker, 1905-1975---Legends
  • Puller, Chesty (Lewis Burwell), 1898-1971--Legends
  • Roberts, B. H. (Brigham Henry), 1857-1933--Legends
  • Rockwell, Orrin Porter, 1813-1878--Legends
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945--Legends
  • Roosevelt, Theodore (Teddy), 1858-1919--Legends
  • Shipp, Ellis Reynolds, 1847-1939--Legends
  • Smith, Jessie Ella Evans, 1938-1971--Legends
  • Smith, Joseph Fielding, 1876-1972--Legends
  • Smith, Joseph, 1805-1844--Legends
  • Trần, Hưng Đạo, 1226-1300--Legends
  • Urban folklore--West (U.S.)
  • Utah State University. Folklore Program.  ( contributor)
  • Villa, Pancho (José Doroteo Arango Arámbula), 1878–1923--Legends
  • Washington, George, 1732-1799--Legends
  • Wilkinson, Ernest L. (Leroy), 1899-1978--Legends
  • Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898--Legends
  • Young, Brigham, 1801-1877--Legends
  • Young, Harriet Cook, 1824-1898--Legends

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