MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MONUMENT FOUNDATION, INC.
|Volume 36||June 2008|
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Phil Bolinger, President (479) 738-7060
|Federal Stewardship: Ron Wright|
|Bob Fancher, Secretary (417) 625-1014||Membership: Scott Fancher|
|Pat Stroud, Treasurer (479) 738-2484||
Arkansas History: Diann Fancher
|Harley Fancher (870) 743-2385||Newsletter: Burr Fancher|
|Burr Fancher (541) 926-3125||Carrollton Lodge: Scott Fancher|
|Ron Wright (541) 410-7898||Interpretative plaques: Susan Fancher|
|Susan Fancher (760) 931-6251||
Cemetery Marking: Jim Fletcher
|Library Collections: Burr Fancher|
|Proxy Baptism: Harley Fancher|
10th ANNUAL MEETING
MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MONUMENT FOUNDATION, INC.
September 11, 12, 13
Thursday, September 11 (GET ACQUAINTTED TIME)
and Social Hour in
Friday, September 12 (GET DOWN TO BUSINESS DAY)
tours to Caravan Springs, survivor graves, and
- 4:00p.m Teacher inservice and author review. (MMMF members are invited)
Business meeting, dinner and auction.
Saturday, September 13 (HAVE FUN TOGETHER DAY)
Trail rides and wagon train.
Barbecue and mountain music.
Lodging options in
117 Hwy 43 E,
(Tel: 1-800-465-4329 or 870-741-3636; www.harrisonexpress.com)
1210 Hwy 62-65-412 N, Harrison (Tel: 1-800-741-7676; www.harrisoncomfortinn.com)
1425 Hwy 62-65-412N,
More specifics on meeting locations and tour options will be forthcoming in August newsletter.
By Bob Fancher
The Mountain Meadow Monument Foundation met March 28, 2008, at the Old Lodge in Carrollton, Arkansas. Representatives of the Foundation and the Mountain Meadows Association and the Mountain Meadows Descendants met with represenatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) from Salt Lake City, Utah. A sign-up sheet is attached to show attendance. Terry Fancher, President of the Association had planned on being at the meeting but, due to airline problems, arrived later.
Barbara Jones Brown acted as chair of the meeting and introduced the participants from LDS. Phil Bolinger and Patty Norris introduced members present from their organizations.
Elder Marlin Jensen, Church Historian, discussed the Mountain Meadows property ownership and the parcels that the church has purchased. The upper grave sites (Burgess property) was a recent purchase. The LDS church has the intent of preserving the area from enchroachment.
Richard Turley, Assistant Church Historian and author of forthcoming book, discussed the request of the three organizations for National Historic Landmark status. The request, activities at the 150th observance last September, and the attendance of Elder Eyring, who has sinced moved to First Counsellor, helped support the seeking of NHL status. The LDS church WILL seek NHL status. The federal committee which approves these requests meets twice yearly. The application, hopefully, will be ready for the committee’s November meeting. If all goes well, the approval may come within a year.
Steve Olsen, Anthropologist and planner for MMM site, spoke about preliminary plans. Steve said that we can’t change the past but we can change the future. It is rare for the LDS church to seek NHL status but because of the joint request application would be made. The church desires to honor the victims of this tragedy. Steve spoke specifically on the upper gravesite property as follows:
* Develop the site as a memorial to those buried there.
* Support but don’t duplicate the main memorial site.
* Document the site with ground penetrating radar and surface mapping.
* Place parking, fencing and marking in areas that contain no possibility of graves.
* Have a trained archaeologist monitor the digging of post holes and other intrusive
* Allow for walking access onto the site but avoid placing pathways where burials occurred.
* Place a few interpretive markers adjacent to the parking lot that preserves the memory of the dead.
Steve presented a preliminary map of the site and some thoughts on possibilities there.
Concerns were expressed by attendees:
* Make sure the pathways are defined and limit walking access to other areas.
* Will there need to be handicapped access?
* There is a possibility of erosion in the drainage area.
* If bones are inadvertently discovered, have a defined process to handle.
* Include Dan Sill Hill, which is in National Forest, in application.
To assist in the application, the three descendant organizations will provide a joint letter of support detailing significance as a national historic site. This letter will be needed by mid-summer.
Lunch was provided and the groups then held a news conference.
Elder Marlin Jensen brought message to wagon train relatives at
I was recently informed that the
By Lisa Lewis
The world may not know the story here,
But we know it well and we want to share.
The tales of our past and our history too,
The folklore that's not myth but fact for sure.
I give you the story to pass down to yours,
The truth of our family and those that came before.
The ones that suffered loss and a sad, terrible fate,
Let's not let the story die. Let's continue the tale.
Let's blaze new trails make new memories that last,
Let's love each other with a love that will forever stand.
The test of enduring time and all that comes ahead,
Let us share the story with all and never forget.
Oregon-California Trails Library Dedication
A small group of MMMF members and about 70
locals attended the dedication of a major library collection at the
Oregon-California Trails Library in
MMMF members Phil Bolinger, Bob Fancher, Elmer Faddis, Burr & Ada Fancher, James Bolinger and Bill Basham at the book display at the OCTA Mattes Library
Library Dedication in
A major library collection is being pulled
together for the Sharlot Library in
Smaller collections of Mountain Meadows
information is being placed in counties where the story is most important to
local readers because of family and historical ties to the wagon train. Benton,
Calhoun, Crawford, Johnson,
The new library in
Touch of History
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JESSE DUNLAP, SR.
Johnson and State of Arkanasas, now being in ill health but sound and disposing mind and memory make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.
FIRST. I hereby constitute and appoint my son Jesse Dunlap Jun. to be sole executor of this last will directing my said executor to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses and the legacies hereinafter given out of my estate.
SECOND. after the payment of my said debts and funeral expenses I gave to my wife Rebecca one bay mare and two cows and ten head of sheep and one bed for her sole use and the place and all the property pertaining thereunto that isnot otherwise appropriated to be use while she remains single or till her son
Marion becomes of age and then the place is his except (her) son Samuel shall stay and help to raise the children until he is married then he is to have a nag and the lower end of this claim up to the cain paster and all over the other side of the creek for his own and also for my two youngest sons Marion and Franklin two hundred fifty dollars for each of them to be paid out for their use and benefit in education and other expenses that may occur and the remainder paid to them when they become of age, and the proceeds of my flat rock place to my son Franklin also and also one bed for each of them and bed cloths and the amount of money due
to the foregoing heirs which is fivehundred dollars the executor is to have the use without any percent he takes the percent of the same for his attention to the same which is his services and trouble attending to the
raising and welfare and also his two youngest daughters is to have the same attention without any further charge than the use of this money to the youngest daughters Martha and Rutha is to have a common education so as to spell and read tollerable well and one horse a pieceand cow and calf and one bed a piece out of what is left pertaining to the place when they come of age, and for my other children, six sons and one daughter is to have all my claim for land or demands for money that I have or
is any ways due me by any claim whatever and I do appoint my executor and empower him fully to collect all such claims or demands as may be due me and then the proceeds of the same after paying all charges shall be equally divided between my six children to wit: James D. Dunlap, A. P. Dunlap and Nancy I., and L.D. Dunlap and Jesse Dunlap Jun. and George Washington Dunlap and fourteen head of sheep to be divided between A.P. Dunlap and L.D. Dunlap and Jesse Dunlap equally between those three and his saddle nag is to be sold and nine dollars out of the price to be paid to Washington instead of a cow
and he also is to have one bed and bed cloths as common and the balance of the price of the saddle nag is to be laid out for the use of the family according to the necesities and two dollars to James D. Dunlap and I do bequeath to my four eldest sons James D. Dunlap and A.P. Dunlap and L.D. Dunlap and Jesse Dunlap Jun. forty four bushels of wheat and 1 clock and one saddle all to be sold and the net proceeds to be equally divided between the above forenamed heirs.
And to more fully express the intent of my wife's legacy I go futher to express it so far as I say for sole use I meant what I say but for the balance that pertains to the place and place I intend also and children I intend for my executor to take charge of all the property and place and children when ever he sees any waste going on or bad government such as is not commendable in the sight of prudent people and all the property that remains undisposed of shall be sold and the net proceeds equally divided between all the heirs and
this the 6th of December,A.D.1847.
JESSE X DUNLAP (SEAL)
SINGED SEALED AND PUBLISHED and declared by the said Jesse Dunlap Senr. as andfor his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have suscribed our names as witnesses hereunto
JESSE DUNLAP Junr.
ADAM P. DUNLAP
Be it remembered that on this day personally appeared defore me, Augustus M. Wark,Clerk of the Circuit Court and Ex-Officio Clerk of the Probate Court, Jesse Dunlap Junior and Adam P. Dunlap, the attesting witnessesto the annexed last will and testament of Jesse Dunlap Sr. deceased late of the County of
Johnson and State of Arkansas who after being duly sworn deposes and says that the testator subscribed the annexed last will and testament at the end of the said will, in the presence of these attesting witnesses, by making his mark thereunto and at the time of making said mark or superscription, the testator declared the said instrument so subscribed to be his last will and testament, and each of these deponents signed their names in the presence of the testator and in presence of each other as witnesses at the end of the said will at the request of the testator the said Jesse Dunlap Senior deceased.
SWORN to and subscribed before me this
JESSE DUNLAP junr.
ADAM P. DUNLAP
A. M. WARK. clk
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