By Geneva Ensign Wright
Appendix & Bibliography Included
Copyright Date: 1981. No Edition Stated. First Printing November 1981. Published By: Council Press. 353 Pages. Book Boards with Pictorial Covers Are In Good condition with some very light edgewear. Pages Are Clean & Tight. Dustjacket is in Fair condition with edge & shelf wear.
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This biography of Amos Wright contains more adventure and excitement that most best-selling adventure novels. Yet it is a true story.
After spending a winter in a mud cave in the bank of the Missouri River at Winter Quarters, and crossing the plains with his parents, Amos Wright was raised in the frontier town of Brigham City, Utah. When not working or doing chores he could usually be found in the Indian camp at the edge of town, where he mastered the Shoshone language.
As a teenager he joined the first Mormon settlement on the Lemhi River near Salmon, Idaho. When the settlement was attacked by a band of over 100 Shoshone and Bannock warriors, killing some of the settlers and driving off much of the stock, it was young Amos who rode alone into the enemy camp to negotiate a temporary truce, allowing the settlers to return to Utah.
At age 17 he ran away from home after falling in love with a 15-year-old house guest, only to discover that the young woman was his father's fifth wife.
Amos became a pony express rider, outrunning Indians and outsmarting outlaws while carrying the U.S. mail between Salt Lake City and Carson City. While near Carson City at the end of one of his rides, Amos spotted two mules which had been stolen from his boss in Salt Lake City. Not trusting the arbitrary arm of frontier justice to return the animals to their rightful owner, Amos stole the mules back and beat his pursuers to Salt Lake City where he returned the weary animals to his grateful employer.
After the pony express went out of business, Amos herded cattle for the LDS Church near Promitory Point, a position that led to his excommunication from the Chruch. On the main street in Brigham City, in broad daylight, young Amos knocked down President Lorenzo Snow, and pilfered change from the old man's pockets in a dispute over back wages.
Several years later Amos was rebaptized after galloping into a hostile band of over 200 warring Shoshones near Bear Lake. After establishing his bravery by tearing open his shirt and daring the Indians to shoot him in the chest, Amos negotiated peace and prevented what would have been a bloody attack on the Bear Lake settlement.
Later in life, as a happily married bishop and father of eight, Amos courted and married his second wife, a 16-year-old girl, then began a second family while avoiding and outsmarting anti-poligamist U.S. marshalls.