Giants of San Juan
The Sitton brothers: From rags to riches
Noel, Fendoll and George Sitton arrived on the Colorado Plateau in the early part of the 20th Century. They came hoping to escape the poverty of their Missouri boyhoods and had high hopes of making...
Mar 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jane McKechnie Walton: Early pioneer martyr
Jane Walton was the beloved wife of Charles E. Walton, who was one of the four founding fathers of Monticello. Her life and tragic death are legendary in San Juan today. She was the first person bu...
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Leslie (Les) Young: Cowboy pioneer of San Juan
Leslie Young was a colorful cowboy who lived in Monticello for 36 years and was well known and admired by his peers. He arrived as an eight-year-old boy who had just lost his father (Alma) in a ter...
Feb 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Norman “Skinny” Nielson, a reservoir of work, service
The following story is a powerful metaphor on the life and character of one of Blanding’s outstanding cowboy pioneers.
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Nephi Bailey: Early Monticello stalwart
In May of 1880, Nephi Bailey, his young wife and three children arrived in Bluff just months after the Hole-in-the Rock pioneers had settled there. They had left a comfortable life in Cedar City an...
Jan 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wayne Hardison Redd: A love story and more
There are many great men and women who settled Bluff and stayed when the going got tough.
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Seventy two years after he arrived, La Ray Alexander’s impact still shows
La Ray Alexander was not a home grown Blanding boy. He knew nothing of San Juan County when seeking his first teaching position after graduation from Brigham Young University. He came to Blanding i...
Mar 17, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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William Morley Black: Father of thousands
William Morley Black is somewhat of an enigma for our purposes in this series. On the one hand, he only lived in San Juan County for a little over two years, which would normally eliminate him from...
Feb 10, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Goliath among the Giants: Lemuel Hardison Redd Jr.
Albert R. Lyman, who served for many years with Lemuel H. Redd Jr. in the San Juan Stake Presidency, knew the man about as well as anyone. Said Lyman, “The history of Bluff up to l906 is, in a gene...
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A “Giant” plea for help
We have published 28 of 29 installments in the ongoing “Giants of San Juan” series.
Jan 13, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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