The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963 Page: 518
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dred pounds of wheat. At one time he employed as many as
forty men to help with the manufacturing and an additional
force of women to make the sacks and do the cooking. The
workers took their meals at the Snedaker residence, where pies,
cakes, and bread were baked for them in a huge brick oven.
Elizabeth Snedaker did not live to enjoy many of the pros-
perous years. She died at the birth of her third daughter, also
named Elizabeth, on March 16, 1868. She left behind her the
memory of a frail, quiet woman who did beautiful embroidery on
the clothing of her three children with her only needle. "If this
had been lost," one of her children remembered, it would have
been "a great calamity" for the family.
The children, two of whom were still babies, were well cared
for by Snedaker's first wife, Ann, an industrious, dignified
woman whose long black hair, parted in the middle, dropped a
foot below her waist when let down. She was one of the first
Utah pioneers to make carpets on her own loom. She also raised
silkworms and did civic work. In 1879 she died of a stroke.
After losing most of his fortune in ill-fated mining ventures,
Snedaker died in Salt Lake City on December 12, 1882. Had he
lived another four days he would have been sixty-four.
Snedaker's diary has a peculiar charm, though it is almost
completely lacking in punctuation and is deficient in spelling,
grammar, and formal organization. These features of the diary
have been carefully preserved. In addition, a few corrections,
in brackets, of proper names have been provided in instances
where doubt might arise. Stylistically, it is a document of no
little power. Here, written with natural vigor and a flair for
irony and rough humor, are unforgettable scenes of pioneer
missionary life. There is violence, too, and pathos. Snedaker had
the reputation of being a jolly, tender-hearted, hard-working
man who, in his prime, stood more than six feet and weighed
almost three hundred pounds. His diary, which follows, indi-
cates that he was a big man in more ways than one.
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