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Abraham Halladay

Provo, Utah settler

“When the veterans of the Black Hawk war gather around their campfires and talk over old times, they ask me why I don’t join them.  Because I didn’t fight Indians,” says I.  “But you sent your teams and wagons with provisions for them that did fight,” says they.  “That may be,” says I, “but I didn’t do any fighting.  Brother Smoot never could get me to take the trail.”

The speaker was Grandfather Abraham Halladay, who is as much a part of Provo as the site on which it stands.  For 45 years he has done his part as a representative citizen to build up the country.

Abraham Halladay, son of William and Sarah Halladay, was born in Fillongley, Warwickshire, England on August 25, 1824.  He was the youngest of 12 children.  He joined the church in 1848, and emigrated the following year, via New Orleans, reaching Council Bluffs after a journey of 5 months.  Here he remained two years, then came through direct to Provo where he has lived ever since.

His name figures constantly in the records of the public service of the city and county, as constable, chief of police, city councilor, etc.  In ecclesiastical affairs he has been no less prominent having been counselor to the bishopric of the 2nd Ward, and a member of the High Council for 13 years.

Deseret News, July 24, 1897

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