HISTORY OF ROBERT LINDSAY
Robert Lindsay was the eldest son of William Lindsay and Christina Howie. He was born at Gatehead, Kilmaurs,
On the 17th of October, 1861, his father was killed by a large stone falling on him while at work in the Station pit near Kilmarnock,
His parents had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in May of 1848, and had a great desire to come to
His mother’s faith was good and her courage strong. She said to her children, even when their hopes seemed to be blasted, “Never mind boys, we will go to
They went on board the sailing ship “John J. Boyd”, 700 passenger capacity, bound for
They landed in
It took ten days at that time to get from
They were assigned to a wagon driven by John Turner of Heber, and they crossed the plains in Homer Duncan’s company, spending two months on the way. This was their first introduction to Bull Whackers and ox teams. But they soon got used to the cracking of the whips and the whoa, hawing and geeing of the teamsters. It was still harder to learn to cook in the bake skillet and frying pan over a fire made of sticks, when they were available, and buffalo chips when they could get nothing better. Flour and bacon were about all they got to cook and everybody had to walk.
The family came right into Heber, arriving September 21, 1862. Robert was hired out to work one year for one hundred dollars in wheat, at two dollars per bushel. He worked for several years for different persons, at all kinds of work, and finally got a team and wagon of his own.
He married Sarah Ann Murdock December 15, 1868, in the Endowment House in
He was a Sunday School teacher for many years. Also a High Priest and High Councilor up to the time of his death.
He was a hard working man and did his full share in all public enterprises for the building of the county and town of