Rocks and Things

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1983
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Rocks and Things
Description ROCKS AND THINGS Mary Louise Madsen Seamons 1774 South 540 East Orem, Utah Non-professional Division Third Place Historical Essay Pat was one of Dad's sheepherders. One day many years ago he gave me a box of "rocks and things." The rocks weren't ordinary rocks; they were carefully chipped and shaped into arrowheads years ago by Utah's native inhabi-tants. Pat had collected them while herding sheep. The "things" in the box included rattles taken from rattle-snakes, a bit of Indian pottery with some of the design still identifiable, teeth from a bear, a red-and-white striped rock, and a little pottery teacup some child had lost on the desert and which Pat had found in a packrat hole. At that time they weren't worth a great deal in mone-tary value, but to me they were priceless; I suppose in many ways they were priceless to Pat, too. I didn't know much about Pat except that of all Dad's herders, he was my favorite. He must have cared for me, too. Perhaps I reminded him of his own children. He is the only herder I have a snapshot of: a picture of the two of us in front of the campwagon. Over the years I learned a little more about him. Pat was married and had a family. But I never knew them, didn't even know if they were girls or boys or both. One day two of them, ages three and five, were playing in a barn, and a fire started. Both of them died in that fire. Pat loved children; this must have given him much sorrow. His work, herding sheep, couldn't have been too pleasant at times; it would have given him a great deal of time to think ... and to remember. Dad wasn't the only sheepman Pat had worked for. He worked for Dad's Uncle John3 for many years before working for Dad. Like most sheepherders, he was rather itinerant, Pat had worked on the mountain and on the desert, collecting arrowheads and "things" as he herded. At that -19-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-18
Date Modified 2005-02-18
ID 323055
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