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History of Castle Valley, Utah
Taken from the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (Links Added)
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By Christmas Eve, an irrigation ditch was staked out. "The first Christmas was celebrated as fully as possible. The women cooked all the good things their supplies allowed, trading with the stockmen for meat. For fun, the women traded clothes with their husbands. It was a sight to see women with stubbles of beard on their faces, and men with fair, rosy cheeks!"

When spring finally arrived, farms were chosen about five miles from what would become Ferron, on land that is now Molen (named for settler Michael Molen). "The new location was level, grassy and free of rocks. Getting water onto the ground was easier. Before long new dugouts were built, with corrals and sheds. They also made a new ditch and named it the Peterson ditch after Peter F. Peterson."

Other settlers arrived, some by call from the Church; others were lured by an advertisement in the Deseret News stating that certain kinds of laborers were needed in Castle Valley. In the fall of 1878 all the women returned to Sanpete County to avoid the harshness of winter —all, that is, but Ann Singleton Wrigley, who was made of sterner stuff. "Alone she faced winter, the solitude and terrors of a wild, untamed country with only a dugout for protection. She took care of her small brood; the oldest child, Clara, was only five. Here is an untold story of bravery, daring and determination that is rare in any history.... Ferron could have done itself honor by adopting her name as 'Ann's Town' instead of the name of a government man who casually passed through on a surveying job."


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