Just 14 months from the time Priscilla Pitt arrived in Nephi, she and Alfred Lunt were married in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, 8 December 1865. The journey to Salt Lake was made with an ox team and required 3 days. They did not wait until they had accumulated a fortune before getting married. Their capital consisted principally of love and confidence and faith in each other. They were both ambitious and willing to work and meet the problems of life together. And thus through the years of consistent plodding along, persistent in work, conservative and thrifty, they began to accumulate a little property. Eternal vigilance is said to be the price of success, and so it was in this case. By careful management and hard work, little by little the added a chair, an ox, a stove, an acre of land or a share of water. On one occasion, Father shoveled snow a whole day for a pair of discarded trousers.
Alfred seemed especially interested in cattle, for one of his first jobs was herding the cow herd. Through years of experience, he was an expert on identifying cattle. The two years following his marriage, Alfred herded the cow herd with George Carter. In 1868 he freighted oats from Ephraim to Nevada for the stage line. In 1868 he worked for George McCune on the farm. His ambition was to get a business for himself. So from 1870 to 1876 Alfred and Shed Lunt (Shedrick Lunt) and James Belliston herded the cattle that were not used as milk cows or oxen and were known as the dry herd. These cattle numbered between 100 and 1200 head. They were herded in the summertime in the hills east of Nephi in Four Mile Creek and in the winter they were taken to Sage Valley. The price received was $3.00 per year for every animal that could not be accounted for, they had to pay for herding. Thus careful attention to business and sometimes taking cattle for pay for herding, he soon began to get a herd of cattle of his own.
In 1870 Alfred took up a homestead at Four Mile Creek and was the first person to settle on that now valuable farming land. A log cabin was built on this property and his good wife, ever willing to do her part to help her husband to make it easier for the man folk in their daily trial. At this time Shed Lunt, Alfred’s brother, and James Belliston lived with Alfred and Priscilla.
To Be Continued…