Living History: Swiss immigrant lovingly cared for flowers, chicken and cattle

Immigrants have come from nearly every part of the world to become Utahns. One of my favorite early Utahns was Henri Edouard ("Ned") Desaules, a French-speaking man from Switzerland.

Ned arrived in Utah in 1856. Between that date and his death in 1904, he lived in Provo, Santaquin, Prattville and Kingston. His English was good enough to use for his diary, but deepening deafness prevented him from easy social conversation with his neighbors. He often felt isolated, and lonely is a word that appears frequently in his writing.

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