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The Long Narrow Canyon - Blooms

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 27
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1995
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s60863fm
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326335
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm

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Title The Long Narrow Canyon - Blooms
Description After a hard winter and the near starvation of these early settlers and animals--of the 240 head of cattle brought into the valley only 100 had survived by June-it was time to clear, level, and plow the land for planting and to make ditches for irrigation At this time only one team of horses was able to pull a plow; however, 250 acres of grain were planted that first year from the Deseret News. October 19, 1859. "Sixteen to eighteen wagons from Manti loaded with tithing produce, principally wheat, brought to the General Tithing Store House," proclaims the industry of these early pioneers in this long narrow canyon the first ten years of settlement Farming, agriculture. have been essential to the survival of the people in this valley from the first arrivals to the present time. Sugar beets were grown and processed into sugar, peas and beans have been grown and canned, but these industries are no longer in operation Sheep, cattle, horses and pigs have all contributed a great deal to the economy of this county, but perhaps the fine quality turkeys exported from Sanpete are best known One crop not mentioned above is potatoes The farms are very small in this county when compared to other parts of the state and country, however, an Irishman, descendant of a grandfather who homesteaded in Manti in 1853, found he could grow a good crop of potatoes on about 15 acres of land Each spring he would send an order to a farm in Burley, Idaho, for certified Red Bliss seed potatoes When they arrived he would cut each potato into pieces, each containing an "eye " After the ground was prepared, rows made for irrigation, and the moon was full, a piece of potato, each with an "eye" was planted In good years when water from the Manti Canyon and Funk's Lake was plentiful, a good crop of potatoes was assured, but during many years in the 1930s there was a drought, and by the time the precious water reached the farms west of Manti there would only be a trickle to go down the furrows Still, hope springs eternal in a fanner, and each spring a new crop is planted with great enthusiam for a good harvest In the fall the big work horses. Star and Babe, would pull the plow down the sides of the row, turning over the brown earth exposing the new "red potatoes" Behind the plow would come several boys, gunny sack in hand, putting potatoes in these sacks Many school clothes were bought in the 1930's with money earned from picking up potatoes and I still have boys-men-tell me. "I picked up potatoes for your Dad " The sacks were tied with twine, later to be loaded on a wagon and taken to town. The sacks were then carried down the steps into the potato cellars where they were sorted and put in 100 pound bags to be sold- at that time for a penny a pound However in the 1930's even the one dollar required for a hundred pounds of potatoes was hard to come by 52
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326325
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm/326325