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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 01
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1969
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
ID 326017
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Title Nikki
Description NIKKI Norma S. WanIass Manti, Utah First Place Chief Walker and his Indians blamed "the Mormoni" for the deep snow that first winter of 1849, and for the epidemic of Red Measles later on. What would they have done if they had seen us throwing those hundreds of dreadful, slithering rattlesnakes on the fires, destroying a part of their meager food supply? The day the company reached Temple Hill it began to rain, the rain turning to snow by nightfall. It snowed until it reached a depth of four feet on the level. We had camped along the south side of the hill for protection against the north wind, but our covered wagons offered very little shelter or warmth against the bitter cold. The men agreed that there was no way to get into the surrounding mountains for wood to build cabins, so the only alternative was to dig dug-outs in the hillside. Papa began digging in the hill of clay and shale behind us. Adelia, age eight, and Al, age five, and even little Orville, age tow, helped push the dirt from the doorway and carry the rocks away. It was better to keep busy than to think about how cold and wet we were. While we children rested inside, Papa stood back and surveyed the size of the hole and then declared with satisfaction, "There, that ought to keep the five of us out of the storm." "Now we'11 all go down to the 'crick' and cut some a those willows that's growin' along the bank." "But Papa," Adelia protested, "the snows higher'n we are." "I'll go first and push a path thru with my body," Papa explained, "then you can follow along behind me." We soon found that Al and Orville were too short to bring any willows back, even holding their arms above their heads as far as they could reach, and so we called Mama to come and help. Mama had been kinda poorly 'cause we were going to get a baby brother in early spring, but she came and helped Papa and Adelia. 4
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 1
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 325991
Reference URL