Shirlee slipped beyond the veil January 16. In accordance to Shirleeâ€™s wishes there was to be no funeral, only a graveside service.
In fall 2001 (vol. 27, pp. 125-149) the Journal of Mormon History published an article I wrote entitled â€œâ€˜As Ugly as Evilâ€™ and â€˜As Wicked as Hellâ€™: Gadianton Robbers and the Legend Process among the Mormons.â€ Let me share a few excerpts from it and then pose a question.
In 1874 a short lived satirical newspaper appeared in Utah, under the title Enochâ€™s Advocate: A Temporary Journal Devoted to the Interests of the United Order of Wooden Shoes. The paperâ€™s sole intent was to take jabs both in picture and in print at Brigham Young and the United Order effort he had launched territory wide that year.
Each Monday they rotate drivers. Every three weeks it is my momâ€™s turn. She picks up Margarete and MaryLou in her Buick and they drive to St. George to visit Shirlee.
In a 19th-century Utah newspaper, a wise and thoughtful satirist argued that the polygamy â€œproblemâ€ had wrongly been characterized as a numbers issueâ€”how many wives a man hadâ€”rather than a quantity issueâ€”how much wife a man had. The satirist offered this ingenious answer under the heading,
In 1846 during the Mormon Exodus from Illinois, as the Saints were strung out in various camps across Iowa and farther west, Mormon Warren Foote went in search of a mill to grind some of his grain: â€œIt is quite a curiosity for the inhabitants here to see a â€œMormon,â€ he wrote.