Cyrus Nathaniel Sanford 8 Nov 1849 – 19 May 1924
In the spring of 1846 Cyrus and Sylvia Elmina Sanford moved to Winter Quarters where they stayed until the spring of 1847. At that time they moved to Missouri where they stayed one year, then to Council Bluffs, Iowa in 1848. It was while they were in Iowa that Cyrus Nathaniel, their sixth child and only son was born 8 Nov. 1849 in Kanesville.
In June of 1850 the family left for the Rocky Mountains in William Snow's Company of 100 wagons. They arrived in Salt Lake City in October 1850. Cyrus Nathaniel was 11 months old.
After a short stay in Salt Lake City the family moved to Hobblecreek which was later named Springville.
Cyrus Nathaniel received his education in pioneer schools and in the great school of experience that fell to the lot of all the early pioneers. His father helped build the first school house in Springville and was the first school teacher. Cyrus N. grew to sturdy manhood - always the right hand of his father. He learned early to make the best of his time and abilities, to take charge of the big Union Farm which was located where Mapleton is now located. He often had to act as head of the family for his father was very active in the civic and political affairs of their community, being Constable, then Sheriff, and later the Mayor of Springville.
For five years the couple lived with Cyrus' parents, sharing and working their big farm on Mapleton. Cyrus was a hard working, excellent and productive farmer in the spring, summer, and fall, then freighting to Nevada in the winter. It was during one of these trips that their son George died, bringing sadness to their hearts. At the end of five years Cyrus N. built a large two room house of adobe to the east of his father’s Mary Jane and Cyrus N. had twelve children, five boys and seven girls.
When Cyrus Nathaniel’s father died in 1899, Cyrus and Mary Jane moved into the family home, which had been a monument to the Sanford family for 75 years. The house still stands on 2nd North and 2nd West where the original fort was built to protect the pioneers from the Indians. It was a wonderful place; a full city block with all kinds of fruit trees, a beautiful garden with vegetables of all kinds, an irrigation stream running through the yard which was so cool and pleasant in the summer. Violet and buttercups lined the banks. Across the road from the house were the barns, chicken coops and corrals. How we loved to climb up into the loft and swing on a long rope to drop into the big hay stack below.
Source: DUP Files, History of Cyrus Nathaniel Sanford, submitted by Stella Fullmer Thurmond.