ON THIS DATE IN TEENAGE HISTORY (1847) sixteen-year-old Mary Jane Dilworth opened Utah’s first school. Lessons took place inside a round military tent, and the nine initial pupils sat on logs as Dilworth conducted class.
Despite the rough conditions, the students seemed to enjoy their first day at school. “Mary taught us the 23rd Psalm, and we sang much, and played more,” recalled Maria Dilworth, the teacher’s younger sister.
The first 148 Mormon pioneers entered the valley of the Great Salt Lake just three months earlier.