Jim Rhoades

Our March Newsletter 2017 highlights Jim Rhoades, who came as oThomas Rhoadesur guest to speak to us about the fascinating story of his great, great grandfather Thomas Rhoades.  This man’s role in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in little known.  Thomas was indeed a hero of epic proportions, who aiding the the selling of as much property in Nauvoo as he could, for the Saints, before heading west.

His expeditions with the Donner Party, then by himself to get to the Sacramento Valley, finding gold, rescuing the survivors of the Donner Party, returning to Salt Lake City with $17,000 in gold, and donating it to the Church at a very critical time is just a prelude to the great good This man did.

He was later asked to represent the Church to Chief Walkara, and receive Chief Walkaragold that the Chief wanted to give to the Church.  That part of the presentation was what ignited the flame of interest in the group that night. The presentation was recorded, and will be put on line in the very near future.

Marches event was also advertised, with Wayne Hinton consenting to come and address us on the life of Martin Harris, as we prepare for August’s trek to Clarkston, Utah for “The Man Who Knew” Pageant. We will also honor the winner of the elementary essay contest.  The rest of the calendar is also represented.  There is also a brief history of the community of Toquerville.

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