Tuesday, August 2, 2011

John Horner: My Father's Field

I visited the temple grounds to see the musical, My Father's Field.  It was enjoyable.  I had read about John Horner on several occasions  How he had purchased his property on several occasions, with different people saying it belonged to them, and then how he had to buy the same property three or four times.  Then after being a success, he lost everything by over extending himself in signing notes for others, and not keeping $30,000 available as advised by the Prophet.

However John Horner was a good man, a church man.  Church was held in his home on many occasions.  He was also a good friend to the missionaries traveling to the South Pacific and Hawaii.  I read in the Millennial Star the story of how some missionaries traveling west were told to seek him out, and he helped pay their passage to Hawaii.  At the first state fair he was declared "The first farmer of California."  It is ironic that he left California and ended up pioneering agriculture in Hawaii.

This link is the script for the musical.

This link is a brief promotion for the musical

1 comment:

  1. Buffy Edgar Bandley My great great great(?) grandfather was Simeon Stivers he was 19 and came to CA on the Goodship Brooklyn with his Aunt and Uncle the Marshalls. He helped build the first school in Yerba Buena.
    Settled in Fremont area. Ranch property includes Washington Township Hospital, Civic Center, Lake Elizabeth (Stivers Lagoon) and the old nature site near the lagoon. It was shaped like a boot.
    Camp meetings were held at the ranch.
    He married Anna M Jones of SLC. Many children.

    My ex Ted Bandley is from Provo. His great great ..... Grandfather was Christian Bandley (Bandli) one of the first settlers in the area.