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Mortensen, Niels N and Petriane Christensen
This headstone was erected through the efforts of Boyd and Anne Mortensen.
The following contibuted funds:
Juanita H. O'Biran, W.W. Jensen, Halbert B.Rasmussen, Peggy Truscott Madsen, Joanne T.Peterson, Dr. and Mrs Douglas Allen, Clyde Mortensen, Morris and Geraldine Lewis, Fred and Beth Delliskavie, Clair Mortensen, Don and Virginia Hansen, Michelle Thompson, Mildred Sears, Richard Vincent, Lori and Dan Delane, Justin and Anne Mortensen, Lisa and Gordon Lundell, Lois Koch, Audrey and Donald Koch, Fern Coka, Kay Mortensen, Niel Mortensen, Helen Hahn, Kent Vincent, Hope Noyes, Lola Jensen, Phyllis Lewis, Anna Broderick, Phyllis Posey, Janice and Merrill Maylett, Mitch Maylett, Brett Maylett, Tracy Maylett, Rebecca Frischknecht, Vance Mortensen, Loyd and Mary Mortensen, Boyd and Anne Mortensen, and Chad Thompson
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Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery, Ephraim, Sanpete, Utah, USA
Notes: Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery
EPHRAIM PIONEER CEMETERY In 1854, Ephraim's first settlers erected a one and one half acre fort for housing and protection against Indian attacks, a cemetery was not included in their plans. The first pioneer to die was Mr. Manwaring, permission had been granted to use Allred Settlement's (Spring City's) cemetery. The funeral party was en route to that site when a warning came of a threatened Indian attack, instructions were given to dig a grave, bury the body, and return to Fort Ephraim. This burial took place about two miles north of Ephraim and is the present site of Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery. It was used almost exclusively until May 1905. Mr. Manwaring's grave site is unknown as are other burials recorded in journals but not on grave markers. Numerous markers bear names of young children, as various diseases and malnutrition took a terrible toll in those early years. Ornate oolite, granite and simple wooden markers dot the cemetery, most engraved with loving words, poetry and decorative emblems. A striking granite marker designates the burial site of seven poineers who were massacred by Indians in 1865. Seven Ephraimites, who drowned in Funks' Lake in 1878, are buried nearby. For many years, the cemetery had an unkempt appearance until 1990 when the present transformation occurred under the direction of the Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery Committee.
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