Hi and Welcome to Red Couch Recipes. Today's tablescape is a tribute to my Pioneer Heritage on my mother's side of the family. July 24th is known throughout Utah as Pioneer Day. State Worker's have the day off and Salt Lake City, and many other smaller communities hold Pioneer Day Celebrations which include, rodeos, parades, and dutch oven cooking.
Last summer the Littlefield side of the family held a family reunion in Tropic, Utah, my mother's birthplace. My mother's brother Heber and his wife Beverly presented us with two huge binders full of genealogy and stories of Ellis Waldo Littlefield and Ida Riding Littlefield, my grandparents, and their ancestors. It was a labor of love and a treasure trove of information.
One of the books.
Many of my mother's ancestors emigrated to Utah to escape religious persecution and to join up with the main body of Latter-Day Saints headed to Salt Lake City. In Utah, one is considered an official pioneer if one arrived in Utah before the train service was generally available in 1861.
The dinner plate is a simple brown plate. The glasses are mason jars and the napkins are bandannas. The napkin rings are metal. One of my ancestors, Christopher Lister Riding, was born in Burnley, England and married Mary Anne Hale. They emigrated to the United States in 1846 and left St. Louis in 1851, with their four children, to cross the plains to Utah. They established themselves in Southern Utah. Christopher was a master workman who traveled around Southern Utah with a two-wheeled cart and an ox selling tinware. He was sometimes known as the "Tin Man." He did metal work on the St. George Temple and St. George Tabernacle.
Maybe Christopher Lister Riding made metal napkin rings?
I set the table with American Flags because it was to America that my ancestors fled to have religious freedom.
I adorned the table with simple wildflowers from our garden -- flowers they might have seen as they crossed the plains. Waldo Littlefield and his wife Mary and his family joined the LDS faith in 1832. They moved with the main body of church members to Missouri and left when Governor Boggs issued an "extermination order"-- in essence an order to kill all LDS members. They then moved to Nauvoo, Illinois and built a home. When the Propher Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by angry mobs, Waldo and his family left Nauvoo in the winter of 1846 with his wife and four children. They lived in Iowa for six years farming and outfitting other church members to cross the plains. Finally in June of 1953 Waldo and his wife Mary and their now five children left for Utah. It took them three months to cross the plains.
I honor my Pioneer Heritage with this tablescape. I honor their dedication, hard work, courage and perseverance. I honor their desire to sacrifice all they had to travel to a place where they could worship God as they pleased.
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