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Volume 83, Number 3 (Summer Issue):

Published since 1928, the Utah Historical Quarterly is the state’s premier history journal and the source for reliable, engaging Utah history. Join the Historical Society for your own copy.

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The Russian Molokans of Park Valley
By Marshall E. Bowen

The Uncompahgre Reservation and the Hill Creek Extension
By Kathryn L. MacKay

Women Inventors in Utah Territory
By Christine Cooper-Rompato

The Carol Carlisle Summer Wedding Dress Collection
A Photo Essay

Found: Rare First Edition of the Earliest Ute and Shoshone Vocabulary
By Richard E. Turley Jr. and Brent M. Rogers

In 1976, the Utah State Historical Society published The Peoples of Utah, a groundbreaking work edited by Helen Z. Papanikolas. In it, Papanikolas and others conveyed the breadth of Utah’s past by recounting the history of some of the state’s ethnic groups—the “pioneers of many cultural strains.” This year, the historical society is revisiting the question of diversity in Utah with an annual conference focused on the theme of “Deep Roots, Many Voices: Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past.” The summer 2015 issue of Utah Historical Quarterly is part of that exploration.

The arid, expansive landscape of western Box Elder County was once home to an unlikely group of settlers: members of the Russian nonconformist sect known as the Molokans. Persecuted in their own land, the Molokans scouted for places to live in North America, eventually coming in the thousands to California, Arizona, Mexico, Washington State, and—for a time—Park Valley, Utah. In the mid-1910s, at least twenty-seven Molokan families settled and stayed there for a year or more. The opening article in this issue brings the insights of geography to the account of the Park Valley Molokans and traces the experiences of five families before and after their sojourn in Utah. Though the Molokans might have seemed homogenous to outsiders, Marshall E. Bowen writes that “they did not all worship in the same way,” and they followed “diverse paths” throughout their lives.

In another corner of the state, Ute bands in Utah occupied the Uintah Reservation, created in 1861, while Utes in Colorado were removed to the adjacent Uncompahgre Reservation near the Green and White rivers. Reservation lands represented a fraction of the Northern Utes’ aboriginal territory. Still, no sooner had Congress created the Uncompahgre Reservation for Colorado Utes in 1882 that it also begin to consider dividing reservation lands into private land holdings—allotments—for individual Indians. In 1897, Congress opened unalloted lands of the Uncompahgre Reservation to white entry. Our second article details the twentieth-century struggle of the Ute people to win back lands within the boundaries of the 1882 Uncompahgre Reservation. Although the Hill Creek Extension—passed by the Congress in 1948—did not return to the Utes the full acreage, the addition represented a hard-won victory for Utes and employees of the Bureau of Indian Affairs working to undo the damage that opening the reservation had on the tribe and its traditions.

Much of the scholarship about nineteenth-century American women considers their place in the so-called public and private spheres, or, put differently, how society limited the activities of women. The third article adds to the discussion by approaching the past with a specific question: how many women in Utah Territory were granted patents in their own names. It finds that five Utah women successfully patented an invention during this era. The inventions were as individual as their creators, and they serve as evidence that at least some Utah women participated in the world of nineteenth-century business and that a host of people laid the foundations of modern Utah.

The cover of this issue features the wedding dresses of a great-aunt, a mother, and her daughter, material representations of the lives of three women from three disparate moments in the twentieth century. The issue’s fourth piece tells the stories behind these and other dresses that belong to the Carol Carlisle Summer Collection—a group of objects and documents that provides a glimpse into more than one hundred years of history of an extended family.

From material evidence about the lives of women we move to a recently rediscovered artifact of Native-white interactions in territorial Utah. Dimick B. Huntington was a nineteenth-century Mormon missionary with a skill for regional Native languages; in 1853, Huntington prepared and published a Ute and Shoshone vocabulary. For some time, this 1853 edition of the vocabulary was believed to be no longer extant. The final piece in the issue tells the story of how it resurfaced.


Paul T. Nelson, Wrecks of Human Ambition: A History of Utah’s Canyon Country to 1936. Reviewed by Robert S. McPherson

Michael L. Tate, ed. The Great Medicine Road: Narratives of the Oregon, California, and the Mormon Trails. Reviewed by F. Ross Peterson

Julie Debra Neuffer, Helen Andelin and the Fascinating Womanhood Movement. Reviewed by Charlotte Hansen Terry

Susan E. Gray and Gayle Gullett, eds. Continent Maps: Rethinking Western Women’s History and the North American West. Reviewed by Stephanie Fuglaar Statz

Michael W. Homer, Joseph’s Temples: The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism. Reviewed by Brady G. Winslow


Gerald R. Clark, Supplying Custer: The Powder River Supply Depot, 1876

Dick Johnston, Won’t Quit: An Escalante Love Story

Norma R. Dalton and Alene Dalton, Images of America: Nine Mile Canyon

Julius C. Birge and Barbara B. Birge, The Awakening of the Desert: An Adventure-Filled Memoir of the Old West

Linda Dunning, Away from the Fold: An Encyclopedia of Utah Performers, vols. 1 and 2



2015 Annual Utah State History Conference

Deep Roots, Many Voices: Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past

Utah is – and always has been – an eclectic mix of peoples and communities. Join us on October 2nd at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center for a free conference full of workshops, history sessions, panels and documentaries on the theme of multicultural diversity. Lunch is included on October 2nd.  Workshops and tours will also be held in conjunction with the conference (please see below for details and dates).

Utah’s history is enriched by the study of a host of peoples, experiences, and voices. The histories of ethnicity, gender, work, and family, from the perspective of ordinary people, do more than pepper diversity in Utah history: they fundamentally change and enhance our understanding of the state and its past. These histories are ones of empowerment, creativity, and survival, as well as conquest, dispossession, and prejudice.

Sorry, conference registration is now closed.  Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.  We will be recording many of the sessions, which will be available on our website in mid October.

Tour registrations are still being accepted (see links below)

Conference Overview Schedule

October 1, 2015
Workshops (click here for schedule)
Rio Grande Depot
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT
October 2, 2015
History Sessions (click here for schedule)
Lunch and Keynote
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South
West Valley City, UT
October 3, 2105
Tour of Iosepa (click here for schedule)
Separate paid registration is required!
Registration is now available!
October 10, 2015
Tour of Topaz (click here for schedule)
Separate paid registration is required!
Registration is now available!


For questions, please contact Alycia Aldrich at or 801-245-7226

Thank you to our conference sponsors:  W.W. Clyde and Co., American West Center, Ames Construction, Chevron, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Fort Douglas Military Museum, J. Willard Marriott Library, Utah Westerners, Utah Humanities, University of Utah Department of History, National Park Service, and Utah Department of Heritage & Arts.

October 2, 2105 12:00 Lunch and Awards Program
Keynote Speaker Pamela S. Perlich, “Utah’s Hidden Diversity: Decoding Evidence from the Census”

September 2015 Brown Bags
Please join us at Utah State Archives for five fascinating discussions in September as we prepare for our annual conference (“Deep Roots, Many Voices: Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past”) on October 2nd. The first four brown bags begin at 12 noon. (ONLY the Sept. 30th will begin at 1 p.m.)  Bring your friends and your lunch!


October 2, 2015

Registration 7:45 – 8:45 am

8:45 am – 5:00 p.m. History Sessions

12:00 Lunch Program – History Awards and Keynote


Conference at a Glance

Paper abstracts and presenter biographies can be accessed by clicking on the session below.

8:45 – 10:15 a.m. 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. 1:45 – 3:15 p.m. 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
The Breadth of Regional History: The Case of Southeastern Utah (panel) (Room 101) Rediscovering Utah’s Native Voices (Room 101) Paiutes and the Circleville Massacre after 150 Years (panel) (Room 101) Religion and Race: Evaluating Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness (panel) (Room 101)
What Paleontological, Perishable, and Coprolite Remains Tell Us About Past Cultures (Room 102) Under-documented Communities in Utah: Iosepa & Chinese Railroad Workers (panel) (Room 102) Pitching Tents and Breaking Trail: Three Historians Afield with the Utah War (Room 102) Diversity and Sport (Room 102)
Engaging Minorities and Making Room (Room 104) Disability Rights Movement in Utah and the Nation (panel) (Room 104) Immigration in Early Twentieth-Century Utah (Room 104) Two Changing Faces of Fundamentalist Mormonism (Room 104)
Politics and Religious Authority (Room 105) Documenting the Topaz Experience (Room 105) Many Voices in Utah History (Room 105) Native-White Interaction in Nineteenth-Century Utah (Room 105)
The Power of Oral History: Uncovering the Stories of Latino/as in Utah (panel) (Suite A) Latino Voices in Cache Valley (panel) (Suite A) Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past through Oral History (panel) (Suite A)
Magna: An American Story (documentary) (Suite B) Splinters of a Nation: The Story of German Prisoners of War in Utah (documentary/panel) (Suite B) 1:45-3:15 — The Twelve Left Behind (documentary)
Speaking with Bishop John Wester (documentary)(Suite B)
Utah’s Polynesian History (panel) (Suite B)

Conference Session Descriptions

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Track

The Breadth of Regional History: The Case of Southeastern Utah (Room 101)

  • Panel: Robert McPherson (chair), Floyd O’Neill, Allan Kent Powell, and Gary Topping

What Paleontological, Perishable, and Coprolite Remains Tell Us About Past Cultures (Room 102)

  • Lori Hunsaker (chair)
  • Daniel King: Jurassic Jones: The Archaeology of Paleontology
  • Joseph Bryce: Marks in the Clay: Impressions and What They Tell Us
  • Madison N. M. Pearce: Prehistoric Diets and Medicines of the Utah Great Basin: Using Ethnohistory to Explore Botanical Remains From Spotten Cave Human Coprolites

Engaging Minorities and Making Room (Room 104)

  • Elizabeth Heath (chair)
  • Lloyd S. Pendleton: Utah’s Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness
  • Gerrit van Dyk and Jeremy Ingersoll: Their Hispanic Heritage: The Preservation of Different Cultures in LDS Spanish-speaking Congregations

Politics and Religious Authority (Room 105)

  • Greg Thompson (chair)
  • Gary Bergera: Ezra Taft Benson Meets Nikita Khrushchev, 1959: Memory Embellished
  • Kenneth L Cannon II and Geoffrey E. Cannon: Separation of Prophet and State? The 1914 Reelection of Reed Smoot
  • Jason Friedman: “Unless the ‘Saints’ decorate my personage with plumage and ‘something to make it stick’”: Duncan McMillan and the fight for Wasatch Academy

Magna: An American Story (documentary) (Suite B)

  • Patricia Hull (chair) and Robert K. Avery

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Track

Rediscovering Utah’s Native Voices (Room 101) AWC_50th_Logo_Color

  • Panel: Shirlee Silversmith (chair), Richard Turley, Brent Rogers, Gregory Smoak, Shoshone and Ute Native speakers


Under-documented Communities in Utah: Iosepa and Chinese Railroad Workers (Room 102) 

  • Panel: Benjamin Pykles (moderator), Anne Oliver, Sheri Murray-Ellis, and Ken Cannonadmin-ajax1
  • This session is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service


Disability Rights Movement in Utah and the Nation (Room 104)

  • Panel: Claire Mantonya (chair), Marilyn Bown, Sherry L. Repscher, and Barbara Toomer

Documenting the Topaz Experience (Room 105)

  • Kimberly M. Jew (chair)
    Scotti Hill: When Words Weren’t Enough: Curating the Topaz Museum’s Inaugural Art Exhibition
  • Jane Beckwith: A Founders View, Topaz Museum
  • Christian Heimburger: “We Have Come to Understand Them, and We Admit We Need Them”: Japanese American Laborers in the Interior West, 1942-1944

The Power of Oral History: Uncovering the Stories of Latino/as in Utah (Suite A) Redd Logo

  • Panel: Matt Basso (chair), Jennifer Macias, Juan Jose Garcia, Andrea Garavito Martinez



Splinters of a Nation: The Story of German Prisoners of War in Utah (documentary/panel) (Suite B)

  • Panel: Scott Porter, Allan Kent Powell

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Program

Welcome: Gregory C. Thompson, Chair, Board of State History

Update on Division of State History: Brad Westwood, Director, Division of State History

2015 Annual Utah State History Awards: Gregory C. Thompson and Brad Westwood

Introduction of Dr. Pam Perlich: Dina Blaes, Vice-Chair, Board of State History

Keynote: Dr. Pam Perlich: Utah’s Hidden Diversity: Decoding Evidence from the Census

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Track

Paiutes and the Circleville Massacre after 150 Years (Room 101) Westerners

  • Panel: Richard E. Turley Jr. (chair), Suzanne Catharine, Edward Leo Lyman, Albert Winkler


Pitching Tents and Breaking Trail: Three Historians Afield with the Utah War (Room 102) 

  • Ken Gallacher (chair)
  • Kenneth L. Alford (paper to be presented by William P. MacKinnon): “And a Bitter Experience It fortudougWas”: The Utah War and the 1858 Move South
  • James F. Martin: “Sibleys amongst the Snow”: Locating Old Camp Scott
  • William P. MacKinnon: Summing Up the Utah War: One Historian’s Twenty-first Century Conclusions

Immigration in Early Twentieth-Century Utah (Room 104)

  • John Sillito (chair)
  • Brian Whitney and Lorrie Rands: Immigrants at the Crossroads: An Oral History of Immigration into Ogden, Utah
  • Eileen Hallet Stone: Utah’s Jewish Agrarian Pioneers
  • Rochelle Kaplan: Jews in Utah: Not an Oxymoron!

Many Voices in Utah History (Room 105)

  • Colleen Whitley (chair)
  • Allen Dale Roberts: British Influence on Pioneer Utah’s Greek and Gothic Revival
  • David A. Hales and Sandra Dawn Brimhall: You’re a Woman. You Can’t Be a Certified Public Accountant: The Trials and Struggles of Hannah Claire Haines, Utah’s First Woman CPA and Prominent Business Woman
  • J. Seth Anderson:  “We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Fabulous, Get Used to Us!”: Queer Nation Utah, 1991-1992

Latino Voices in Cache Valley (Suite A)

  • Panel: Brad Cole (chair), Randy Williams, Eduardo Ortiz, Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante

The Twelve Left Behind (documentary)
Speaking with Bishop John Wester (documentary) (Suite B)

  • Desk Top History’s film short “The Twelve Left Behind,” the story of Italian prisoners of war during World War II, produced by Kelly Nelson

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Religion and Race: Evaluating Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness (Room 101)

  • Panel: Brad Westwood (chair), Martha Evans Bradley, David Rich Lewis, W. Paul Reeve, and LaShawn Williams-Schultz

Diversity and Sport (Room 102)

  • Richard Kimball (chair)
  • Joseph Soderborg: Wicket Mormons and Cricket Gentiles: Cultural Imperialism in Utah’s Sporting Past
  • Intermountain Cricket League Exhibition

Two Changing Faces of Fundamentalist Mormonism (Room 104)

  • Newell G. Bringhurst: The Transformation of Rulon Timpson Jeffs: From Devout Mormon to FLDS Prophet
  • Craig L. Foster: “Proclamations and Prophecies from a Prison Cell: How Warren Jeffs Continues to Control the FLDS

Native-White Interaction in Nineteenth-Century Utah (Room 105)

  • David Grua (chair)
  • Wendy Simmons Johnson: An Underground Store, the Skull Valley Goshute, and Red Ink: Contact Period in Rush Valley
  • Hadyn B. Call: Kidnapped and Purchased: Piecing Together the Story of Ruth Piede Call Davids—a Paiute Indian
  • Jim Keyes: Showdown in the Canyons: History of Interaction between Early Cattle Ranchers and Native Americans in Southeastern Utah.

Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past through Oral History (Suite A)

  • Jodi Graham (chair)
  • Randy Williams: Cache Valley Refugee Voices
  • Deborah M. George: Root Sounds: The Utah African American Experience in Ogden
  • Sarah Singh: Twenty-fifth Street: The City That Never Slept

Utah’s Polynesian History (Suite B)

  • Panel: Philip Notarianni (chair), Jake Fitisemanu Jr., Ulysses Thomas Tongaoneval, Susi Feitch-Malohifo’ou, and others

Utah History Podcasts

Check out our collection of audio files from various events and programs of Utah State History.

Utah StateTelephoneOperator_edge History Brown Bag Presentations

Utah State History hosts a collection of Brown Bags every year. We recently began recording these presentations so you can listen and not miss a thing.

Listen to a mix of brown bags presented by a mix of lay and professional historians.


News_WagonUtah Historical Quarterly Web Extras

Early Utah Women Inventors: A Conversation with Christine Cooper-Rompato  – UHQ Summer 2015

Folklore and History: A Conversation with Steve Siporin – UHQ Spring 2015

Sounds of the Cathedral – UHQ Winter 2015

An Interview with Noel Carmack and Connell O’Donovan on the 1855 murder of Isaac Whitehouse in Parowan, Utah, and the Art of Historical Storytelling – UHQ Fall 2014


Veterans Utah History Project


Where were you when WWII ended?

The Division of State History and the Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs have joined together on the Veterans Utah History Project.

Whether you are a WWII veteran and want to document and share your experiences and memories or you want to volunteer to interview a WWII veteran there are opportunities to participate.

Visit the Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs website to learn more and get involved to collect, document and archive this important part of our history.

Utah Historical Quarterly Web Extras

First published in 1928, the Utah Historical Quarterly, the state’s official history journal, features articles, essays, and book reviews and notices on all aspects of the Beehive State’s history. Since 2014, current issues are now accompanied by rich online supplements.

In the digital medium, we are able to do more than can be done in print: reproduce UHQ articles and essays accompanied with expanded photos, maps, and bibliographies, and publish photo galleries, primary sources, oral histories, podcast interviews, and other special features suitable for the web. See below for the current supplements and an archive of previous online content.

Click here for information on becoming a member of the Utah State Historical Society and receiving your own copy of the Utah Historical Quarterly. UHQ back issues are available online through a searchable database.

2015SummerUHQ UHQ Summer 2015

A Conversation with Marshall E. Bowen on Russian Molokans in Box Elder County, Utah

The Hill Creek Extension: A Portfolio of Primary Documents

Early Utah Women Inventors: A Conversation with Christine Cooper-Rompato

The Carol Carlisle Summer Wedding Dress Collection: A Photo Gallery

Ute and Shoshone Vocabularies


2015SpringUHQUHQ Spring 2015

Almon Babbitt and Early Utah Politics: A Portfolio of Documents
Introduced and transcribed by Bruce Worthen

Folklore and History: An Interview with Steve Siporin

Southeastern Utah Missile Launches

Extended Photo Gallery of the Green River Launch Complex


2015WinterUHQUHQ Winter 2015

UHQ Interviews: Utah Historiography
Conversations with Gary Topping on Utah Historiography and with Robert Parson on S. George Ellsworth

Charcoal Kilns: A Photo Gallery
Photos and captions by Douglas H. Page Jr.

Gallery of Female Imagery in Advertisements

Sounds of the Cathedral


2014FallUHQUHQ Fall 2014

Mormon and Federal Indian Policy: A Portfolio of Primary Documents

Mormon and Federal Indian Policy: A Portfolio of Primary Documents
Transcribed by Brent Rogers

An Interview with Noel Carmack and Connell O’Donovan on the 1855 murder of Isaac Whitehouse in Parowan, Utah, and the Art of Historical Storytelling

Water: Records in the Utah State Historical Society and the Utah State Archives

Ute Photographs


2014SummerUHQUHQ Summer 2014

Previous UHQ Cover Designs

The Making and Unmaking of Utah
By Jared Farmer

Race with the Sun
By Carl Kuntze

Memoirs: An Annotated Bibliography
Compiled by Caitlin Shirts