|R.F. "Ron" McDonald in 2015|
Quiz Time! How well do you know your Fort Montezuma history?
1. Fort Montezuma was located:
A. In southwest Utah near St. George.
B. In southeast Utah near the Four Corners.
C. In central Mexico, in the state of Sonora
2. At least 15 families eventually settled near Fort Montezuma, but the first missionary families sent to colonize at Montezuma Creek for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were:
A. Henry and Elizabeth Harriman and George and Julia Hobbs
B. Henry and Elizabeth Harriman and Hyrum and Ellen Hobbs Fielding
C. Henry and Elizabeth Harriman and James and Mary Davis
3. Which of these events happened to the Harrimans at Fort Montezuma?
A. Elizabeth made an American flag from scraps of a dress, red flannel underwear and white cloth for the 4th of July celebration in 1879.
B. They became close friends with nearby Navajos.
C. They opened a trading post.
4. The Harrimans had to leave Fort Montezuma because a huge flood tore out their farm. Which river flooded?
A. Navajo River
B. Colorado River
C. San Juan River
Correct Answers: 1. B; 2. C (Trick question! George Hobbs was one of the scouts who made the initial trip and who came back two more times; Hyrum and Ellen Fielding later settled at Fort Montezuma. George, Ellen and Elizabeth were siblings.) 3. A and B—another Pioneer, William Hyde, opened several trading posts; 4. C
R.F. McDonald's book, Fort Montezma 1879-1884: Crucible of Devotion is the story of the valiant mission of these pioneers. (See the prior blog post for more details.)
I hope this quiz makes you hungry for more of this great story! I’m working to obtain a print version of this book, which R.F. has gave me permission to publish. To display his photographs at their best, they will be printed in high resolution on quality paper (softcover). Each printed book will cost around $27—with no profit for R.F. or me.
We need pre-orders for at least 100 books to start the process, and checks must be submitted by March 31, 2018. I’ve received 29 pre-orders—here’s a shout-out of thanks to those who sent them!
If you or your family members would like a print version, please send a check ($27 for each book desired) to me, Debra Holm, 114 Meyer Ave. Nampa ID 83686. I will combine these into a final payment for the printer. I plan to deliver most of them at the Nelson Midsummer Reunion on June 16 in Rexburg.
If you prefer reading the story on a computer or a device here's a link:
Although the quiz was centered on Harriman history, the book contains fascinating stories of other settlers—surnames include Hobbs, Davis, Shurtz, Holyoak, Hyde, Fielding, Haskell, Decker, Allan, Tracy, Moody and Guymon.