From the life of Phineas Wolcott Cook, one of my husband’s ancestors (spelling and punctuation modernized):
In the month of August Br. Brigham visited San Pete and found the people in want of a mill for grnding their grain. He came home and told me that he had made choice of me to go and build them a mill. … he came down with two of his wives, Margarette Pierce and Lucy Bigalo, to board his hands himself. He took them all but one who was still with us. I asked him [Brigham Young] if he would take him; he said he intended to take all. I told him my wife was nearly tired out and we wanted to get away as soon as we could. He said he had the advantage of me, for when his women got tired, be could take them home and change them for fresh ones.
Okay, so regardless of my decidedly mixed feelings about polygamy, I get a kick out of this story. “When his women got tired, he could take them home and change them for fresh ones.” I like that Brigham Young had a sense of humor about his wives himself. So many people were up in arms about polygamy, from Mark Twain’s mockery to the out and out Utah War. So, I don’t know, it’s nice to know that he had a [not politically correct, but it took a long time for the humor in the Church to change] sense of humor about it sometimes.
Do you have any funny pioneer stories?
And, for Pioneer Day, a few links:
Don’t miss Ardis Parshall’s Pioneer Day posts at Keepapitchinin:
How to Handle Your Oxen When You Cross the Plains