Daughters of Utah Pioneers to honor Millet and descendants
MANTI—The Manti Camp of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) will honor pioneer and master mason Artemus Millett and his descendants on Saturday, Sept. 17 as part of the 29th commemoration of the Settlement of Sanpete.
The event is open to the public, but Millett’s progeny receive special invitations, says Jane Braithwaite, DUP member and event organizer.
Millett and his posterity were chosen to be recognized this year because of the numerous contributions Millett made to Sanpete as a mason and builder.
According to a statement released by the Manti Camp DUP, Millett arrived in Manti in early 1850, and his masonry experience was a big help in the construction of the Little Stone Fort in 1852, which was used for defense in the Walker War, a clash with local Shoshone Native American tribes.
Millett also built stone bridges while living in Manti, and a home Brigham Young stayed in when he visited the town.
Originally known for his construction of arched stone bridges in Canada, Millett also was superintendent for the construction of the Kirtland, Ohio Temple.
According to the Washington County (Utah) Historical Registry, Artemus was also instrumental in the building of the Nauvoo, St. George and Manti temples.
Registration and information packets for the 29th Settlement of Sanpete will be available at the Manti Tabernacle between 8-9:10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.
A hardbound book, “Artemus Millett: Temple Builder,” will be available in the tabernacle foyer, with a special price for attendees at the event.
At 9:30 a.m. the Laying-of-the-Wreath Program will be held at the Pioneer Heritage Gardens (U.S. 89, next to the Manti Cemetery entrance and northwest of the temple).
At 10:30 a.m. a Family Tribute Program will begin at the Manti Tabernacle, 100 South Main.
A luncheon will be held in the cultural hall of the tabernacle at 12:30 p.m. and tours of the cemetery,and drive-by tours of homes and other points of interest are planned until 4 p.m..
For luncheon reservations and additional information on the book, “Artemus Millett: Temple Builder,” contact Jane Braithwaite at 835-5841 or Rebecca Tollofson at 835-4423, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.