In 1866, Rachel and her family moved to Morgan, Utah, where Henry’s uncle, Martin Heiner, lived. Their second child was born while they were living in Morgan.
In 1868, they packed their belongings into the wagon and started south to Pleasant Grove. Here they bought a piece of land at the foot of a sand hill and built their home. It was humble and plain. It had a dirt roof, and the cooking was done at a fireplace. Stoves were very scarce as well as expensive.
In December 1870, sorrow visited their home. Arthur, the eldest child, was accidentally run over with a loaded wagon and he died three days later from the injuries.
Eliza tells in her history that when she was six years old, her parents dug a cellar, rocked it up on the sides so they could make bins for their grain. The log house was then moved on the cellar and the dirt roof replaced with shingles. This took place in 1876. There were five children by then and they were glad for a little more room.
In 1878, the grasshoppers were so bad that they ate all the grain in the settlement. It was terribly disappointing and a great trial to these hard working people. In June they leveled the ground again and planted beans. These grew well and were harvested and sold for the winter’s supply of flour and other necessities and for the winter. In this way, they were saved from starvation that year.
The Indians were troublesome in the early days in all of the settlements, but people had been told to feed them rather than quarrel with them. In the fall they would come after something to eat and the saints tried to keep peace with them. Many times the men stood guard at night to protect their families.
The children were taught early in life to be helpful in the home and on the farm. There was always something to do especially at harvest time and fruit drying time in the fall. They would store what they needed for their own use and sold the remainder of the fruit for other things they needed for the winter.
Education was very limited in the early pioneer times. There was a small school to go to but not enough money to pay the tuition for all the children in the family. Eliza and Martin did the janitor work in the school to pay their way, as they had such a great desire to attend school.
Rachel and Henry Dittmore had firm and abiding testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ which was a great comfort to them in bearing the trials and sorrows as parents of a large family.
Henry and Rachel Dittmore were the parents of eleven children, nine of whom grew to maturity.
The children of the Dittmore family were taught the gospel of Jesus Christ in their home by parents who lived their religion in daily life, teaching them the important things of living pure, clean, virtuous lives. The children were sent to the different organizations of the Church and the boys received the priesthood as they became of age.
Rachel and Henry Dittmore endured the hardships, enjoyed few advantages and sacrificed their all to preserve and leave their family the priceless heritage of a good name. All of their children were married in the temple, so they felt repaid for their struggles.
Another great sorrow came to Rachel Dittmore in 1893, when her husband took sick with pneumonia and died January 9 1893.
May the grandchildren and great-grandchildren emulate the wonderful example this good woman set before them and appreciate in some way the principles she stood for, by living honorable lives.
Rachel Smuin Dittmore died 8 May 1908, in Pleasant Grove, Utah at the age of 64. She spent a long, useful life of good deeds for others. She had finished the mission the Lord sent her on earth to fulfill and was faithful and true to the end.