The 11th volume of "An Enduring Legacy" made its debut at the annual convention of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Friday.
During the DUP's general session in the Marriott Hotel, members also honored 92 daughters of the original pioneers who came into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.Daughters of pioneers born in the valley were also applauded.
Chairman Louise C. Green urged the hundreds of women attending to remember the pioneers who nurtured their dreams so carefully but saw so little gain in this world. Out of their hard work a rich harvest has now sprung that benefits the present generation, she said.
Beatrice B. Malouf stressed the importance of the past in preparing for the future. "The verities of faith, love, toil, courage, determination and devotion to God can be of great significance in preparing us and our children for the future."
The trouble with the present generation is they didn't read the minutes of the previous meeting, she said.
Several speakers related anecdotes from the latest book of pioneer reminiscences. The stories ranged from the tragic to the outrageous. A favorite story was the tale of the burned-out saloon.
The Mormon women of Fruitland, N.M., were appalled when a saloon opened in their town in June 1906. Receiving no help in closing the saloon from local, regional and even federal officials, the women took matters into their own hands.
On Halloween night, the women decided to dress up in costumes and carry lighted torches for their festivities. Late in the evening they showed up at the saloon and quietly surrounded it. On a given signal, they threw their torches at the building and quickly turned their backs so no one could see whose torch ignited the building.
The building burned to the ground while the owner and patrons helplessly watched. Law officials were called, but were unable to determine who actually started the fire.
Several years later, the wife of the saloon owner admitted to being one of the women who burned the building. Knowing of the torch party in advance, she had quietly removed all valuable pictures and furniture from the building before the fire.