November several of the men and a few women returned, and in December
the wife of Benjamin Jones gave birth to a daughter whom they named
Celestial Castle —a fitting title for one born in such surroundings.
William Avery had succeeded in building a log cabin, where a Christmas
dance was held, with David Leonard, Sally Wimmer and David Cheney providing
the music. The group numbered forty-two men and seven women, necessitating
some planning. The men were finally given a number and divided into
six groups, with one group dancing at a time. It is said that the women
were extremely popular. A large piece of venison, potatoes, bread, butter,
salt and pepper constituted the refreshments, which were prepared over
a huge bonfire built in front of the cabin.
were planted along the north side of the creek in the spring, and the
people realized a good harvest of potatoes, grain and sugar cane. After
a molasses mill was brought in, a nutritious and delicious supplement
was added to the food supply.
kept arriving, swelling the population to 1,000 by 1900. Thus did Huntington grow and prosper, becoming a permanent settlement in Castle Valley.