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Elder Charles L. Foote, born in Nevada's Valley of Fire  on 11 November 1868 in what is now the ghost town of St. Thomas, which has only recently reemerged from the receding waters of Lake Mead. At some point, the family relocated to Utah's Emery County, where in 1897 he was married to Johanne Martine Katrine Andersen, known to all as "Hannah." By the time he was called to carry-out a mission by the Church in March of 1906, Foote was nearly forty years of age, his wife thirty-two, and the couple had five children. Despite the hardship this would have posed to the family, he accepted the call, and set out in December of that year for Chattanooga, arriving at the Southern States Mission Headquarters on the ninth. On the fourteenth, Mission President, Ben E. Rich, assigned Foote to the Florida Conference. The next day, he left on the first train out of Chattannooga, and over the next two days stopped at Atlanta, and Jesup (Wayne County, Georgia) before arriving at the Mission House in Jacksonville on the sixteenth, two days before the Florida Conference would convene to assign elders to their fields of labor. He was first assigned to the Tampa area, where he worked for the next six months.

Elder Charles Lane Foote
Early Mormon Missionaries
Charles Foote Mission Journal

In June 1907, having been summoned to Jacksonville by Conference President, Charles A. Callis, Foote traveled north into Georgia for the first time, other than during the train ride from Chattannooga. He switched trains at Waycross, and headed west, into the Upper-Forks area, along the Satilla River. Disembarking at Millwood, in the far-western part of Ware County, he was sheltered for the night by Dr. J.W. Stapleton, a member of the Satilla Branch in neighboring Coffee (now Atkinson) County. The following day being a Sunday (June 30), Elder Foote was joined by Elder George L. Tate, and together they walked the short distance across Red Bluff Creek to McDonald (now Axson) for Sunday School. It was there he began to understand why the locals had taken to calling the area surrounding the Satilla Branch's  meetinghouse "Little Utah." After several busy days of visiting the homes of Church Members, all within some five square-miles of Little Utah, Foote commented in his journal:

there is lots of Mormons living here.


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