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Ernst Albert Tietjen, Missionary and Colonizer
History of the Ramah Pioneers
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Ernst Albert Tietjen, Missionary and Colonizer is an 8.5x11 softback (245 pages), a reprint of the hardback edition that went out of print in 1992. This history begins when Ernst Albert, as a nine year old boy in a small town in Sweden, is excited by a commotion on a street corner. He and his father, driving a wagon, come upon a mob stoning two young Americans. They rescue the pair, take them home, discover they are Mormons and become converted to the Mormon faith. They are caught up in the "Gathering of Israel", a great flood of immigrants to Salt Lake City, the American Zion. As a young man, Ernst subsequently makes seven trips across the Great Plains to assist other converts to Utah. He is called by Brigham Young to be a missionary to the Navajos and is sent to far away New Mexico, a call that lasts a lifetime.
Ernest is a leader in establishing three Mormon colonies: Savoya, Ramah, and Bluewater, and in building two large irrigation projects. He and a few other Mormon colonists construct over 100 miles of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad through New Mexico and Arizona. He becomes the first Mormon Bishop in New Mexico.
The settlements of Savoya and Ramah are among the first white settlements in Western New Mexico. They pre-date the Railroad towns of Gallup, Grants, and Holbrook. They are carved out of territory claimed by the Cattle Barons of the 1880s. Their existence is threatened by sheepmen, cattlemen, Apaches and Navajos. Bluewater is a joint irrigation venture with the Railroad, but its existence is severely challenged by cattlemen and big interests.
This story provides an intimate glimpse into the workings of a Mormon family and a Mormon colony 100 years ago. Ernst lived in a violent era. He sought no station in life; he was only a tiller of the soil. He spent only what time was absolutely necessary in laboring on his own behalf; every spare moment went into teaching the gospel to others. The only reward for this simple way of life was a lasting place in the hearts of those around him. It is the story of the Indians Ernest met and loved and feared and respected. There are many pictures of the Tietjen family.
Ramah is a small Mormon community in western New Mexico located between El Morro National Monument (Inscription Rock) and Zuni Pueblo. It used to be said that it consisted of 13 families living on one street. It sits in a beautiful valley two miles long and one mile wide and 6900 feet in elevation. At one corner of the valley great red and white cliffs frame a serene mountain lake (see cover). It was founded by Mormon missionaries to the Indians in 1876 before Grants or Gallup existed. It is sandwiched between the Zuni and Navajo Reservations.
This book includes a lot of Ramah History but it is not a history of Ramah. It is a history of Ramah's pioneers. Their experiences before coming to Ramah ranged far and wide. Thus the geography of this book wanders from the North Atlantic across Nebraska and Wyoming, into Utah, then crisscrosses Arizona, New Mexico and plunges into Mexico. Ramah’s history summarizes the entire Mormon pioneering experience. The Mexican colonies became a language training mission for an incredible number of mission presidents, stake presidents and General Authorities.
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