|Jonathan Taylor Packer
|July 26 1817
|Interwiki: Death date and age 1889013118170726++
|Safford City Cemetery
Jonathan Taylor Packer arrived in Brigham City with his wife Christena and family in 1860. During the first winter, snow was six feet deep and food was scarce. Since Jonathan had no food for the animals, he turned them loose on the streets where they either froze to death or died of starvation. The bones were retrieved and used to make soup.
Indians shared segos and other food with Jonathan and his family because they were always kind to them. When Shoshone Chieftain Sagwitch was shot in the knee during the Bear River Massacre in 1863, he escaped and walked over 50 miles in freezing weather to Jonathan’s home where he was treated for his injuries. On another occasion, Sagwitch was shot in the breast by U.S. soldiers in Brigham Canyon. He again sought help from his friend.
Jonathan served Brigham City as an alderman, a night guard at the Co-op store and a policeman. One night while Jonathan and some other men were guarding the jail, which was in the lower level of the Court House, three prisoners tried to break out. Jonathan was shot in the thigh while scuffling with one of them. None of the prisoners escaped.