Carbon Daughters of Utah Pioneers ready for new presidency
As president, Lillie M. Sandbeck, first vice president Velora Anderson and secretary, Joe Simmons get ready to leave their roles as the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Carbon presidency, the group looks forward to a new administration and the continuation of more than 100 years of history.
The ladies are leaving after three terms and six years of service, the three women have left an indelible mark on the organization.
"We are an organization that preserves Utah pioneer heritage," said Sandbeck who has been a member since 1972. "It is important to us and we have considered it an honor to serve."
The six camps that comprise the Carbon faction of the Daughters has 96 members and meets on a monthly basis for nine months out of the year.
Within the county's camps there are members who can trace their lineage all the way back to the first settlers of this area, according to ladies.
To join locally, an individual must be a woman of good character and a lineal or legally adopted descendant of an ancestor that was a Utah pioneer who came to the state before the transcontinental railroad's completion on May 10, 1869. She must also be 18 years of age.
The Carbon camps start their yearly proceedings in September with an opening social and close in May the same way.
They also host a two county convention every other year with their sisters in Emery County.
The Daughters got their beginnings when they were organized under the leadership of Annie Taylor Hyde in Salt Lake City in April of 1901.
According to their website at www.dupinternational.org, 46 women, all of pioneer descent, gathered in her home for the first meeting.
That meeting came about after the 15th anniversary of the entrance of the pioneers into the Great Salt Lake Valley. During the 1897 Pioneer Jubilee Celebration, some of the pioneers' daughters talked of organizing a patriotic society to keep alive the history of all Utah Pioneers.
So in 1901, Annie Taylor Hall stated, "Ever since the Pioneer Jubilee, I have felt deeply impressed with the importance and desirability of the children of pioneers becoming associated together, in some kind of organization."
The DUP website stipulates that the objectives of the organization would be the cementing together in the bonds of friendship and love the descendants of those who so faithfully stood shoulder to shoulder in braving the difficulties; the forming of branch societies throughout Utah or wherever the descendants of the pioneers reside; the perpetuating of patriotism; the commemorating of those whose efforts were responsible for the founding of our commonwealth; and the compiling of genealogies of the Utah Pioneers.
According to the DUP's online history, the groups first formal meeting was conducted on Sept. 21, 1925. The constitution of the DUP states that the purpose of the organization is "to perpetuate the names and achievements of the men, women and children who were the pioneers in founding this commonwealth by preserving old landmarks, marking historical places, collecting artifacts and histories, establishing a library of historical matter and securing manuscripts, photographs, maps and all such data as shall aid in perfecting a record of the Utah pioneers."
The DUP is administered by an international board whose headquarters are located in the Pioneer Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City. Besides the international board, the DUP is organized into companies which have a presiding board that oversees the activities of camps (ten or more members) in a geographic area. The DUP consists of 185 companies overseeing the activities of 1,050 camps in 15 states and Canada with a total living membership of 21,451, according to the site's March 18 data.