Great-grandson walks plains 152 years later

Sarah Goode Marshall left her abusive husband and crossed the plains, entering the Salt Lake Valley in 1856 as a single woman with six young children. One-hundred-fifty-two years and one day later her weather-beaten great-grandson exited the same canyon, entering the same valley to be greeted with the same welcoming treat of fresh watermelon.

Lynn "Doc" Cleland left Iowa City on June 9, and pulled a handcart an estimated 1,400 miles westward in tribute to his far-removed grandmother. Marshall is believed to be the first handcart pioneer to enter the valley, a point Cleland and the 50 or so fellow descendants who met him at This Is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday are proud of.

"I guarantee my grandmother was helping pull the entire time," he said. "If it wasn't for my grandmother, I couldn't have done what I did."

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