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Using Transportation to Teach Responsibility

Russell Teasdale (age 12) and James Teasdale (age 10) lived in the Mormon colonies of northern Mexico in 1892 with their parents, George and Matilda Teasdale. They were hearty boys and good students, their mother wrote to Elmina Shephard Taylor. They were also eager for responsibility and independence, so George bought them a “little pinto pony” and taught them to ride. “They think everything of it,” Matilda wrote. “They are learning to ride quite well, go to the mill for flour, and do all our errands.”

Matilda E. Teasdale letter to Elmina Shepard Taylor, Mar. 20, 1892, Elmina Taylor correspondence, Church History Library, Salt Lake City