'Grit Enough to Stick with It' : Stories from Blue Valley
Utah Historical Quarterly
Niels J. Nielsen took his family to the town of Giles in Blue Valley in 1897 in answer to a church call. One of his sons, James, wrote an account of what life was like in this barren part of southeastern Utah. Much of the time the family had to live on faith as the rains often washed out the dams on the Fremont River and the crops dried up. Nielsen organized the building of the town meetinghouse and was a strict tithepayer. A big flood in 1909 marked the death knell for the settlement and the Nielsen family moved to Provo.