Well, I don't know much of what was alluded to in previous comments, but
I've read up somewhat on Eph Hanks and it sounds like this movie does a
pretty credible job depicting him at least.The DVD is on my birthday
list. Eph's life inspired me at an early age to try always to live worthy
of the companionship of the Holy Ghost.
Our family and friends (in our community) who have Mormon pioneer heritage
appreciate all the stories and the retelling of the heroes and the trials.But like Juanita Brooks (LDS historian and author), we just want total
honesty and equity in telling all the stories, warts and all.
Nice article, Trent. Now ask around if any LDS producer will make a movie of
the rescuers of the Fancher-Baker wagon train of the following year, (1857).I met Burr Fancher, an Oregon historian, who has written several books
on his ancestors' tragedy in 1857, and helped U. of Utah history prof,
Brian Patrick, make the documentary, "Burying the Past". There
actually were very few heroic rescuers of that well-documented event, although
I hope to see this movie, don't know that it will make it to Calif.,
however. My ancestors were in the Willey Handcart Co. Kudos for remaking this
difficult piece of history. I only hope it is accurate and not sugar-coated.
We all have the journals and anyone over 35 with pioneer great-grands heard the
uncoated stories directly from the grandchildren and children of the pioneers.
My grandmother (1899-1995) did not make polygamy jokes; she hated every aspect
of that life from first-hand experience. 1856 was a strange year to
be heading west- for many reasons. Dangerous from every angle, definitely not
for the light of heart. It would be refreshing if some gifted, LDS
director would finally make a true movie of the September 11,1857 wagon train
that ran into John D. Lee and the Iron County Militia. I would definitely
reconsider my opinion of the Church's history ethics at that reenactment.
Ephraim Hanks is a true hero in my family as my great grandmother and her family
were members of the Martin Handcart party. later, my GGM's sister Theisbe
became one of his plural wives. I look forward to sharing the movie with my
family and wish T.C. success so he can bring more family and pioneer stories to