Pioneer of 52

Alma Moroni Blanchard was born in Leray, Ingham Co., Michigan April 5, 1842. He was the son of Aseph and Eunice Elizabeth Thompson Manchard. He came to Utah in 1852 in the Isaac Bullock Company a boy ten years old in company with his parents. He drove an ox team across the plains and had many experiences on the plains. Once while fording the river, the current was so strong that it started to take him down the stream, but by holding to a rope he was rescued. His home was in Springville, Utah.

As a young boy, he helped his father on the farm and always said he received his education at the plow. He loved books and while at the plow would take a book along and while the oxen rested he read and studied and in this way assured a good education for his time. He always sought after books and they became a part of his life. He married Emma Bocock and form this union was born six children – Isaure who died in infancy; Madera, who latter married Charles Hickenlooper; Lenora, who died while a babe; Alma, who married Hatty Smith; Sara H who married Francis Farren; Byron, who married Anne Me Lain. All of these children remained true to the ideal for which these pioneers crossed the plains.

In 1873 his wife passed away and for seven years with the aid of his mother he cared for his family. In 1880 he married Emily Pierce. From this union came five children– Barbara, Rubi, and Resse and two children who died in infancy. In latter years his family life has been broken up. He started to travel. He bought a bicycle and riding it, he toured most of the United States. From Ogden he went to Florida and then up the Atlantic coast to New York. From there to Canada, and then back to Utah again, having visited on the trip most of the noted battlefields of the confederate war and all the sacred places of the L.D.S. wherever Joseph Smith had dwelt. While on this trip he traveled over sixteen thousand miles, being two years on the road. The wheel with which this journey was made is now in the Salt Lake Museum, together with a record of the trip, taken from the Leading papers of the states through which he had passed. One year ago he started on a pedestrian tour of the Northwest. This time he walked four thousand miles and went through seven states. He was six months in the state of California, where he wrote his ode to Mount Shasta and the “Sutter Site”. He was known as the Bonneville Bard and writes under that name de plume. Mr. Blanchard was a poet of note and oft times visited with Eliza R. Snow, Sarah E. Camicael, and Emily Woodmanese. He had compiled a Book of Poems to be published and when the home of his son Byron burned, it was destroyed together with all the records of the family.

He practiced dentistry in Springville and afterwards in other places where he made his home. One of his greatest friends was Don G. Johnson of Springville and throughout all the years this friendship lasted. He died in 1913 in Chester, Idaho and was buried in the Chester Cemetery.

It Is More Blessed To Give Than Receive

by Alma Blanchard

Poverty and want are abroad in the land,
The widow and orphan are here,
There’s a chance to do good for the liberal hand
And to dry up the sad mourner’s tear;
The Savior once said when here upon earth
And his words I most firmly believe,
I esteem them of value, I deem them of worth
“Tis more blessed to give than receive.”
If fortune hath lavished upon thee her wealth
Thou art blest in thy basks and store.
With plenty to eat, enjoyment of health
Forget not to succor the poor;
Thy neighbor may be in his poverty
More wretched than thou could’st believe,
Remember if he asks a favor of thee,
“Tis more blessed to give than receive.”