Monday, June 3, 2013

So much History

 So my companion and I went and helped a family put flowers on graves of their family members. And while at the cemetery the wife showed us a grave of an indian prince, and stones of pioneers who have come to utah, especially to Heber City.  Broadheads, Murdocks and Sweats are a few of the names that founded Heber City. There is SO much history in a cemetery, I kind of want to know who these people were and what they did and what their role was in the foundation of the church.  There were a lot of children buried here.  as well. Here are pictures

This is the Indian Prince Tom Tabby

Tom Tabby- Son of Chief Tabby

One day of 1867, Chief Tabby came into Provo River Valley after the Indian peace Treaty
with his dead son in his arms. As he rode up on his horse, Joseph Stacy Murdock, the Mormon
presiding Bishop, recognized Chief Tabby. After a brief greeting, Chief Tabby said that he was holding
his own dead son, who was killed in an accident while hunting. The Chief knew that Joseph was the religious leader among his people, so he asked that Joseph bury his son in the custom of the Mormons. With a feeling of great sorrow for his friend, Joseph conducted a christian funeral service and buried Tom Tabby under a beautiful pine tree which had been planted several years before by John H. Murdock in the Heber Cemetery. 
   When the final prayer was said Chief Tabby said "my son has been buried in the White Man's Custom, now he will be honors in the indian fashion." A rick of ceder logs was then laid upon the new grave and the boys favorite pony was led up to it, where is throat was cut and the animal was laid upon the pier and the logs were set a fire. As the embers slowly died, chief Tabby got on his horse and rode into the Mountains east of Heber with his braves.

How cool is this?

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