Rick Just

The Morrisite War and its Effect on Early Settlement in Idaho

In 1863 a small group of impoverished immigrants came into the newly formed Idaho Territory under military escort. They had recently been on the losing side of the Morrisite War in Utah, a three-day siege with religious overtones. Their spiritual leader, Joseph Morris, and several of his flock were killed. The destitute Morrisites settled in a place of promise along the Oregon Trail near a famous carbonated water spring. Rick Just, a descendent of those Morrisites, will tell the little known story of the Morrisite War and how it became the defining moment for many pioneer Idaho families.