Utah Southenl I<ailway. Homestead Act passed and Lehi artd Henrietta homestead on Cedar Mountain at Jones Hollow. Dairyir~g. Bear stories. Lehi turns cooperative hrrd hack and buys new property. Lehi elected Iron County Assessor.
While the people of Utah were struggling to bring civilization to this territory by colonizing the wilderness, and were barely producing enough food for a mere existence, in some cases, the people in eastern United States still had a terrible feeling against the Mormons, mainly because of the practice of polygamy. O n Sept. 26, 1880, Dr. Thomas DeWitt Talmage in a sermon at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, New York, suggested the annihilation of the Mormons by the sword.' T h e leaders of Utah were constantly work in^ to create hetter feelings between the Utah Territory and the Federal Government. The people south of Salt Lake City readily saw the importance of a road through the settlements which would connect them with the capital. The valleys lying beyond the Salt Lake Valley were rich in argriculture, but the people had never had a market by railroad for their produce until the Utah Southern Railroad was organized in Jan. 1871. I t was not until 1879, however, that the road was completed to Juab. O n May 15, 1880 the Utah Southern Railway was finished to Frisco, by Milford, in Beaver County, which was the southern terminal for years.' In 1862, the Homestead Act was passed permitting people to gain property by living on a n acreage and cultivating it for five yean. When Lehi and Henrietta were married, this law was in effect and anyone who was willing to live on a designated area of land was eventually given this property if he complied with the regulations stipulated in the Homestead A c t . V e n r i e t t a and Lehi first homesteaded, during the summer, on