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Early Enterprise Settler to be Honored

Article Date: 
27 May, 2011 (All day)

 

The public is invited to attend a short program held at the Enterprise Cemetery   May 30, 2011 at 2: pm.  A historical marker will be placed at the grave site of Amelia Mitchell Croft.  Historic Site Researcher for the LDS History Library in Salt Lake City, Emily Utt, will be the guest speaker.  She will give a short talk prior to the dedication of the marker.  

Amelia is being recognized for her story which is often told today as a symbol of the profound influence of a wise and dedicated mother.  Her faith as a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints saved her son from severe harm by a mob while he was serving a mission in the southern states, over 3000 miles away  from  home. 

In 1861 John and his wife Amelia Mitchell Croft settled in Peterson.  A two-room log cabin was constructed near the mountains were the family lived for several years.  By 1865 the family had grown to six members.  John needed a larger home and desired “a place where there was more sunshine.”  In the winter, when the sun went down behind the Wasatch Mountains, the East side of the valley experienced two more hours of sunshine than the site of his home in Peterson.    In the spring of 1866 the family moved East, across the valley to Enterprise where they purchased a large farm owed by Charles Card.  The Croft family was diligent and enterprising, as were the other early settlers of the small community that was named Enterprise.   Amelia was the matriarch of a large family of eleven children.  

Amelia did in 1926.  Her final resting place is in the Historic Enterprise Cemetery, along with other pioneer settlers.  This is one of the few remaining historic cemeteries in the county.