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 Charles Stapley, Sr

Charles Stapley, Sr

Birth
Kent, England
Death 26 Mar 1886 (aged 86)
Toquerville, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Toquerville, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 145994 · View Source
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Son of Henry Stapley & Elizabeth Tarbutt. Charles STAPLEY (born 1800) led his family to Australia in 1838, then to Utah USA in 1854, where many became prominent Mormons.
Charles Stapley, a transplant from San Bernardino, is generally credited with growing the first alfalfa in Dixie and probably Utah.
Animal forage was scarce and that remained a problem until alfalfa (called "lucerne" by the pioneers) was introduced into the area by Charles Stapley who returned to this area when the Saints were called back from San Bernardino, California, in the winter of 1857-1858. A letter sent by R. F. Goold to the Deseret News in 1861 states there were a few small patches of alfalfa growing. Bleak's Crop Report of 1864 states that lucerne was grown in several towns in Washington County. In 1864 in Toquerville where Stapley lived there were 24 acres being grown. It took several more years before its production was sufficient to supply their needs. Native forage was so scarce that straw and other substitutes were sometimes fed to the animals, which didn't give them the necessary strength to do a hard day's work.


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  • Maintained by: L Despain
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 145994
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Stapley, Sr (15 Mar 1800–26 Mar 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 145994, citing Toquerville Cemetery, Toquerville, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by L Despain (contributor 46999228) .