Hi again! Welcome to Day Three of Dutch Oven Week! Today I have set a "Pioneer Tablescape" to honor the Pioneers who crossed the plains. I have several ancestors who crossed the plains to get to Utah. Many of my ancestors first left Europe and then crossed the plains to come to Utah. To be considered an official "Pioneer," you must have crossed the plains before 1869, the advent of the transcontinental railroad. Many of these pioneers would have used Dutch Ovens for cooking as they crossed the plains.
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The man in the picture is Moroni Savage and his wife Charity (Kinder) and they are my great, great grandparents. When Moroni was three years old, his parents, Henry and Sarah Power Savage emigrated to America in 1854 from Liverpool, England on March 12, 1854 and arrived in New Orleans on May 2, 1854.
This tablesetting is about as simple as it gets! Tin pie pans, bandanas, and Mason jars!
When they embarked at New Orleans cholera had broken out on board and they were taken to Quarantine Island in the Mississippi. Moroni's eldest brother John, along with hundreds of other immigrants died of cholera that year. After the quarantine was raised their family sailed up the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to the vicinity of Florence Nebraska, where they were outfitted to cross the plains.
Moroni's family didn't bring Mason jar with them as they were first manufactured in 1858; but Mason jars were one of the first jars used for canning. Glass was a huge improvement over cans that might give you lead poisoning. They make great glasses don't you think? We drank out of them for dinner and I liked using them.
Moroni's father Henry had sent money ahead to buy his outfit, but was sadly disappointed to find out that what had been procured for him were two yoke of unbroken Texan steers with wide spreading horns; they were wholly unfit for a journey across the plains. In Wyoming, the cattle gave out and the captain of the wagon train distributed the family's goods around others in the outfit and left the wagon and many of their household goods on the wayside. Do you think they had to leave any of their Dutch Ovens. Maybe so because they are so heavy!
I set some old-fashioned candy on the table. I have read Pioneer accounts on how special candy or cookies were. Sweet goods were almost nonexistant for the Pioneers.
They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on October 6, 1854, after about a seven month journey. That evening Moroni's baby sister Rachel was born. Henry's parent's lost a child and gained a child on this journey. When they arrived in the valley, they were really hindered by the loss of their cattle, wagon, and many of their household goods.
I used a tin can for the sunflowers which grow wild in my back yard. If I tried to grow them, they wouldn't grow!
Once again I am using the napkin ring holders from the Style Sisters. I also borrowed the idea to use bandanas as napkins from the Style Sisters also. Do you think the Pioneers or Cowboys would have used their bandanas for napkins? I don't think so....
Thank you for joining me for Dutch Oven Week! I have enjoyed being able to tell you the Pioneer story of my great, great grandfather Moroni Savage.
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I am posting this with Susan at Tablescape Thursday where you will be inspired to set a better table.
I am also posting this with Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday where the letter of the week is "Alphabet Soup."