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Paul Brown Life and Testimiony of Sarah Elizabeth Mower Alvord

Sarah was born after the Saints had arrived in Salt Lake City to Henry Mower Jr. and Susan Strong Mower, after their joining the church with their separate families, meeting and marrying in Nauvoo, and coming across the plains. She was their third child, the second one to live. She was born 10 October, 1851. Her father was employed as a hotel manager and also sold provisions to California gold seekers on his own.

For a time, they moved to Springville to be nearer his parents, but then came back to Union Fort near Salt Lake City because of Susan, her mother’s, failing health. Susan died 17 July 1856, leaving Sarah Elizabeth motherless at the age of five.

Because of his daughter’s very young age, Henry decided it best to let his parents raise her. So she was raised by her aged grandparents, which meant she was left to do a lot on her own.

She also went through the lean years when the grasshoppers and crickets devoured their crops, and she later told many an interesting story of their hard luck --- and happy times.

Sarah had to help herd cattle toward the mountains. One day an Indian came and picked her up and put her behind him on the back of the horse. She had a serviceberry stick which she beat him with until he finally turned her loose. She said he used to come back occasionally to see his dark-eyed girl. Sarah’s eyes were black and very sparkling.

Though life was often hard, never once did she murmur or complain. She married Joseph Bonaparte Alvord, and afterwards, they lived in a log house, though they eventually lived in a brick house. In addition to his being a teamster, they had a farm with milk cows and grew crops.

While she had the skills to be a hat maker, her main efforts were to her family. Her daughter, Amy, remembers her ironing fresh dresses with an old heavy flat iron heated on the coal stove, and then hanging them on wooden pegs in the corner of the old house.

She worked in the Relief Society from early adulthood until her death. And when Amy married, she said, “You must join the Relief Society.” [Told by Amy Alvord Hadley]
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