One day the three Anderson
brothers, Archibald, John and James, their father and a grandson, John A.
Anderson, were working on John Anderson’s farm.
After eating their lunch at the spring on Birch Creek the father folded
his coat and settled down for a short nap.
When he awoke he told the boys of a dream he just had. He dreamed he saw a train come through the
field where they were working, passing on toward Mt. Pleasant. It appeared in the dream that the train came
through Thistle Pass,
traveling through Fairview,
east of the town. He told the boys that
they would live to see that dream come true.
Years later the railroad was built through Sanpete County
and John A. Anderson worked on it cutting ties and moving dirt with a team and
Great grandmother Agnes Baird, wife of Archibald Anderson,
pushed a handcart all the way across the plains. Their sons John and James drove the livestock
while Archibald helped his mother. They
had little food and experienced hunger most of the time. Each person was allotted one teacup of flour
each day. Great grandfather said, “When
the flour was dipped out the man’s big thumb was down in the teacup preventing
a full measure.” They hunted for wild
meat along the way, arriving in the valley.
Great grandfather and his boys worked at Camp
Floyd making bricks for Johnston’s army, earning
$300.00 in gold. They then moved to
Spanish Fork, built a house and raised a good garden. In Spanish Fork they met the Reese
family. Son, Archibald Anderson, fell in
love with Sarah Jane Rees but said he would not marry her until he could buy
her a pretty wedding dress. He owned a
team of oxen, drove the team to Salt
Lake City, sold them there, bought the wedding dress
and walked back to Spanish Fork. They
were married August 23, 1859.
The family left Spanish Fork and moved to Fairview, Utah
where they built homes. Archibald, John
and James took up homesteads on Birch Creek, three miles south of Fairview but could not
live on the land because of the Indians who were giving the people trouble at
that time. However, later Archibald did
sell his Fairview
home and moved to Birch Creek on his homestead where he raised his family. Great grandfather Archibald and Great
grandmother Agnes spent their years in Fairview.
Archibald Anderson Family
Original source unknown; copied 1 Apr 2006 by J.F.