Gottlieb Ence (ENCE (ENZ)) (1840 - 1918)

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Birthplace: Mettlen, Switzerland
Death: Died in Richfield, UT, USA
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PIONEER BUSINESS MAN AND INDIAN FIGHTER CALLED

Gottlieb Ence Dies Very Suddenly Wednesday

WAS PROMINENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF UTAH

Funeral Services Will Be Held Tomorrow (Sunday) At 2 O'Clock from First Ward Chapel

Gottlieb Ence, a Utah pioneer of 1860, a Richfield pioneer of 1864 and one of Sevier countes most highly respected citizens, died at his home on South Main street at about 11 o' clock Wednesday morning, death being due to old age and general debility. Deceased was born at Jtobal Switzerland, August 26, 1840. He came to Utah in April 1860, setteling at Salt Lale City where he remained until 1864 when the Indian wars were raging in this section of the state, he came to to assist the settlers in quelling the redman and fell in love with the Sevier country. In 1872 he located permanently in this city where he took an active part in the development of the city, in ecclesiastical affairs of the church of his choice and in civic affairs.

He raised a large and highly respected family, four sons and one daughter by his first wife and six sons and one daughter by his second. He was married to Elizabeth James on December 16, 1866 and to Caroline James on January 13, 1877. He is survived by his two wives and the following children: John H., Alma J., Joseph A., Lehi and Arthur all of Richfield; George of Parowan, Charles of Park City, Mrs. Mary Seegmiller of Ogden, Mrs. Besie Womack, Wilford and Walter all of Salt Lake City. It is expected that the intire family be present at the funeral services...

SOURCE: "The Richfield Reaper Newspaper"; 1918-01-05

Indian Wars

STATEMENT OF GOTLIEB ENZ

Gotlieb Enz of Richfield makes the following statement:

"I came to Richfield in November, 1864, with a few head of cattle, having lost a yoke of oxen between Gunnison and Salina. Early in April, 1865, a band of Indians were camped at Richfield by the big spring, and a man by the name of Sutton came from Provo to trade with them. He exchanged a quantity of ammunition for buckskins. About the 8th of April, 1865, I went out to hunt for my oxen, expecting to find them in the Gunnison field. Being on foot, and failing to find them there, I, surmising that they might have strayed up Salina Canyon, left Gunnison and came to Salina. I called on Ellas Crane, who was living in a dugout. The Indians had left Richfield and were camped near the mouth of Salina Canyon, southeast of town, on the bench. I told the Crane family that I was going up the canyon to look for the oxen. Mrs. Crane asked me if I was not afraid of the Indians, to which I replied that I was not, as I was acquainted with them. I left my blankets there and went up the canyon about three miles into Soldier Fork. There I found one of the oxen. Having walked all day, I sat down on a rock to rest. An impression came to me that I should not stop there; the same impression came to me three different times. Consequently I got up and looked around, but saw nothing unusual. I then started down the canyon, leaving my ox there feeding on good grass; I intended to go after him the next day and drive him home. As I went down the canyon, I met two men going up to look for stock; I passed the time of day with them, and went on. Soon afterwards I met the Indians going up the canyon, most of them on the main road. I saw six or eight up on the south side of the canyon, driving up some stock. I passed the Indians unmolested and had no idea that they were angry. I stayed that night at Elias Cranes'. After singing and prayers we retired. About midnight a man carrying an express came from Gunnison with the information, that the Indians were on the war-path, and that the people must prepare to defend themselves. He further reported that the Indians had killed a man near Manti. All the people gathered at the little rock meeting house. While there a lady said, 'My husband went up the canyon last evening to look for some stock, and has not returned. I wonder what can have become of him.' This was Mrs. Ward. Then a young lady also said, 'My brother went up also and has not come home.' Towards morning we heard the report of some guns, seemingly a long ways off. Thinking something might be wrong. I, together with six or eight other men, went up the canyon. When we arrived at the place where I left my ox the previous day, we found the two men killed and scalped, and most of their clothing removed from their bodies. There were a lot of arrows sticking in them, and it appeared that the Indians had taken them captive, and tortured them for some time before killing them. We left the bodies and went down to the settlement and reported. A number of men went up with a team and brought the bodies down. When preparing the remains for burial, we examined them closely. The two men had been shot with a number of bullets, and many arrows. Some of the latter we were unable to get out, owing to the beards on the spikes. During the day a lot of men arrived at Salina from the settlements in Sanpete and elsewhere." [Peter Gottfredson, comp., History of Indian Depredation in Utah (Salt Lake City: Skelton Publishing Co., 1919), 138-40.]

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Gottlieb Ence's Timeline

1840
August 26, 1840
Mettlen, Switzerland
1866
December 16, 1866
Age 26
1875
December 20, 1875
Age 35
Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States
1876
December 20, 1876
Age 36
Lehi, UT, USA
1877
January 13, 1877
Age 36
1918
January 2, 1918
Age 77
Richfield, UT, USA
January 5, 1918
Age 77
Richfield, UT, USA