Clipped From The Ogden Standard-Examiner
j- of 1922 ..of trie is INTERESTING OGDEN FOLK Â· j O. swing one GILBERT R. BEINAP _,,. Among the widely ":'kh own*' one'more"de'serv(ng' _ Gilbert .R. Belhap, of 536 Twenty- second street, .in. a .wor;thy''ca'paci.ty*K\ariy -of 'years.-- ago.' ' Ttfc.1 Belnap;was, t* . ' ' wagon' had received . . sl? , rlff , .weber -county . and served In that '.capacity; "for. about' 14 years- thereafter. 'Ogden 'wag;. known .all -along the "line' the 'transcontinental railroad, - that time as a "tough", -place, .according to Mr. Belnap, and the- of sheriff, was -pne, fraught with .many dangers -attendant upon, the 'capture of outlaws and irunmeri, that terrorized the 'Rocky mountain mountain region. . . . Â· . Mr.. Belnap. was born .at Quarters^ Nebraska, .where Â·'' the town 'of Florence is. now, January , 8. 1847.' In the next summer he ! accompanle'd .his parents across from to -a discover who in some on named to he e gave in In son : plains, arriving In Salt Lake . in September 1S50. Shortly after the family removed to Ogden. In the southeast part of the city there a small stream-that .still flows between grassy hills, where the of an old brick, yard : are. to "be between Madison and " Jefferson avenues near Thirty-third street. This was known as Canfleld creek or Bunker's hollow and it was that the Belnap family made, their home. Mr. Belnap -said that he was put to poking his father's with a stick to aid in plowing, land and thus began his life in pioneer community. MOVES TO HOOPER. In the late sixties, after his -marriage, -marriage, Mr. Belnap moved to'Hooper where he was one -of -the founders of that place and took- active in all its activities; serving-.as constable constable there for about 15-years. In' 18S2 he fulfilled a mission for the L. D. S. church in Minnesota; Mr. Belnap was present at - Morrlstown war, when the Â· territorial mllltta, under the command of Dan Gamble, surrounded the town that is now known as In the valley of the Weber 'river about seven miles south of Ogden.' Mr. Belnap says.that the artillery for the occasion was furnished:by Weber county, in charge of Wordsworth and others". .Although but a youth Gilbert,' as he was known, had his gun along and on hand to seo'the fight. . : .He' relates relates an Interesting Incident that occurred during th.e-"siege" of,the town. While il-.\ rifle fire' was. the south' side fired and the 1 the -barricade ing on a cannon' of. the valley was ball tore through erected by the Morrlsltes and. bounding along near the spot where Gilbert was stationed'in the brush.. As the ball spent itself.' ran forward to plck'Jt up; although in instant danger of his.llfev. with musket, shot rattling around .him. ' HE IS DISAPPOINTED.:'" . He explained that he wanted ball to melt up and mako,. bullets Com- find that -It was cast- mander -Gamble later -traded - some powder, bullets, and caps, for his .muzzle loading gun. in exchange for the cannon ball and it now reposes in a Salt Lake museum. Another Incident' as he related it in his own words: . Â· ."A man named -William Pidcock had a, white _shirt on at ..the of--.the battle and-'seemed to- be; attracting: attracting: all 'the fire of the Morris- ites,xbecause they . could see him so .plahily on the north side of bluff above. Ulntah. . As., soon the commander noticed Pidcock's predicament he sent a bunch? ; 6f men over and they pulled his shirt off and 'saved his .life. Â·- , ; -- ; - -.Â» "About "About 11 o'clock In the riiorn- 1 (Continued on Page Three.).