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Alabama Enquirer And Morgan County News
Alabama Enquirer And Morgan County News
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Description: Fleeing From the Mormons

Date: August 30 1888

Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL

Source: Madison Co., AL Library

Page/Column: Page 7, Column 3

Fleeing From the Mormons
A pale-faced little woman, giving her name as Elizabeth Turnhill Rutter, formerly of North Shields, England, was picked up in Chicago apparently fainted from hunger. She claimed to have had nothing to eat on her four days' trip from Ogden, Utah, to Chicago, en route to her old home in England. She told a terrible story of experiences among the Mormons. Her young son, she stated, had been induced, against the wishes of his parents, to join a party of emigrants organized by Mormon missionaries in England. Not hearing of the boy, who, it was afterward learned, had been prevented by elders from writing, the father, frantic with anxiety, followed to Utah. He found employment with a Mormon farmer named Joseph Holbert, but was unable to save enough to help continue the search until he pretended to join the church. Then Rutter got money and sent some to her, but all his letters telling of the condition of affairs in Utah were intercepted and others substituted urging her to come to Utah with the missionaries. She obeyed, and claims the women in the party were subjected to fearful indignities en route by the elders. Rutter was murdered shortly after she joined him. He had inadvertently given a young Mormon an inkling of his plans to find his boy and escape with his wife. The Mormons asserted that Rutter's death was accidental. She was defrauded by Holbert of her husband's savings, but fleeing to Ogden, earned enough money, working in a hotel, to pay her passage home. The amount of railroad fare was larger than she expected, and she had deprived herself of food on the long journey to Chicago

Submitted: 04/20/18

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