The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 244
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ney northward and after wintering two years in the Indian
Territory, and another year in Missouri, finally settled in 1861
in the northwest corner of Shelby County, Iowa. This settle-
ment they called Galland's Grove. Practically all of the group
joined the Reorganized Mormon Church. In time Galland's
Grove became a landmark in the history of that church. One
small group of three families returned to Burnet County and
later in 1861 followed Noah Smithwick to California. Three
of Wight's sons remained in Texas and became soldiers in the
Confederate Army. One of these sons, Levi Lamoni, settled at
Medina in Bandera County. At this place, in San Antonio, and
in other near-by places his descendents live today. Several
other Mormon families, as well as individuals, remained in
Bandera County. One of these was Andrew Hufman, who after
the Civil War, went from Bandera to Iowa to find his old
brethren. He returned with Spencer Smith, and as elders of
the Reorganized Church, the two baptized some of the colonists
who remained in Texas.
When death ended the stirring and eventful life of Wight,
his sixty-two years of existence had covered the states of
Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and
Texas. He was one who had always been in the midst of
struggle and hardships, one who had repeatedly braved per-
secution and oppression, one to whom life was hard and cruel,
but who was never discouraged and who "calculated to continue
till I lose the horse or win the saddle." In Mormon circles, he
was called the "Wild Ram of the Mountains." With courage
undaunted and with enthusiasm high, he spent the last two
days of his life in journeying toward a new Zion.
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