FOUR PERSONS MASSACRED IN SALT CREEK CANYON

June 4th. Jens Jorgensen and wife, Jens Ter- klesen and Christian E. Kjerluf were massacred by Indians in Salt Creek Canyon, June 4th, 1858 while traveling unarmed on their way to Sanpete Valley. They had camped at the head waters in the canyon. After traveling about a mile after dinner, and having reached a point about a mile and a half from the head of the canyon, some Indians came from their hiding place and attacked them; two of the men were killed in the wagon, and burned with it. One man was killed about fifty yards from the wagon, and the woman was found dead close by the wagon,

making four killed. John Ericksen, the only one who escaped, made his way to Ephraim where he ar- rived about dark. An ox hitched onto a hand-cart, and driven by one of the men, got frightened, and ran back to Nephi.

The bodies were brought to Ephraim for burial. These people were on their way to Ephraim where they intended to settle.

Source: Peter Gottfredson Indian Depredations in Utah (Most of this information was obtained from N. 0. Anderson of Glenwood Utah.)

 

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