Northern Utah’s summers are hot, and its winters are cold. While this is true in most places, it is extreme in Utah. Temperatures in the upper-nineties plague the summertime and below-zero temperatures bog down the winter. Today, enduring these temperatures without an HVAC system seems unbearable. And you don’t have to bear it! If you have any HVAC system needs, give HVAC Utah a call. We’ll handle your HVAC maintenance, repairs, and replacements.
The extreme temperatures did not stop early Utah settlers from sweeping into the South Weber area. These settlers endured the winters, the summers, and (surprisingly) even a war. When thinking of Utah history, wars rarely seem to factor into the equation. In South Weber City, though, there is a monument that evidences a war that took place on city soil in 1862.
The Morrisite War
In 1857, a man named William Morris claimed to be the seventh angel from the Book of Revelation. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints rejected his claim and excommunicated him. William’s response was to found his own church, The Church of the Firstborn. The church grew to contain several hundred followers. The trouble really began when Morris insisted that his followers come together at Kington Fort. His followers, commonly referred to as the Morrisites, obliged. Morris began to insist that the Second Coming was nigh, so there was no need to plant crops. There are even some suggestions that he and his followers trampled existing crops to show their faith.
Soon, William Morris began setting dates for the Second Coming. With each of his incorrect declarations, several of his followers would leave the settlement, taking their belongings with them. After one such episode, three men left the fort and took much more than they came with, interrupting a shipment of wheat as a way of getting back at Morris and his followers. The Morrisites retaliated by apprehending the three men and locking them up in a cabin so that they could… well… meet their maker and pay for what they had done. The wives of the men eventually got the government involved.
The government demanded that the three men be released since they were being held illegally—none of them had a fair trial. Morris ignored the demands. This led to the deployment of 200 men sent to take in the Morrisite leaders, but the army grew to somewhere between 500 and 1,000 men before they got to Kington Fort. The Morrisites had barricaded themselves into the fort. The details of the battle itself are unclear, but in the end, eight Morrisites and one of the government’s army were killed. The army convicted seven of the Morrisites for second-degree murder and 66 for resistance. All of these people were eventually pardoned.
You can still see the Morrisite War Monument in South Weber City and read about the battle. Before you make the hike in the summer’s heat or the winter’s snow, make sure you have a properly air conditioned and heated home to come back to. Give HVAC Utah a call today!