Family fun reminds some of pioneer heritage

As the July sun beat down on a record number of people during the Family Fun Day kickoff event for the Days of '47, Laura Padilla stood apart from the throng, close by her daughter, pointing out a name on a weathered pioneer monument. Padilla has a personal connection to the pioneers of 1847.

Horace Datus Ensign, Padilla's ancestor, was part of the first Mormon pioneer company to travel away from certain persecution in Nauvoo and toward a hopeful freedom in the Rocky Mountains. Horace died along the way and was buried in Winter Quarters; however, his wife, Mary Bronson Ensign, traveled with five of her children and made it to the Salt Lake Valley in September 1847.

This Is the Place Heritage Park hosted the Family Fun Day Friday. The free event, open to the public, was an opportunity for families, such as Padilla's, to get together and remember their heritage.

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