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Lucile

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6m043j1
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326790
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6m043j1

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Title Lucile
Description She graduated from Manti High School in 1916. From there she attended her first year of college. World War I was raging and that year the Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, where she was attending, closed because early in the spring all the boys attending there had either volunteered or been drafted into the U.S. military service. Lucile's mind is clear as she tells of Manti in her growing up years. She remembers seeing the first picture show that came to Manti. It was shown in a room north of the Manti Theatre building which was completed in 1910. Its manager was Bill McFarlane. who did a splendid job, always willing to cooperate with his audience. The first silent pictures, including the main title show and the newsreel, could be seen for the adult admission price often cents. A girl played the piano in the orchestra pit to accompany the picture. If the picture showed marching. she played a march tune. Always her piano playing was in harmony with the picture that was being viewed. Over these years the theatre schedule was often interrupted with drama, local entertainment, minstrel shows, and Manti High School plays. Here they could be viewed and appreciated by the townsfolk. Later, in the 1930s talking pictures were shown. Various ward and stake programs were also presented on the theatre stage with its various screens and stage settings. Some of Lucile's remembrances are of the Carnegie Public Library, built in 1910. and of the Manti Tabernacle Choir, with directors such as A. C. Smythe, Ellis E. Johnson, and Edgar T. Reid. Lucile had been given vocal lessons as a child and sang in these choirs. Just recently I was visiting Lucile. She is a petite, little lady. This day she was wearing a nice, colorful house dress, and, as always, an apron. Her hearing is not so good, and her eyes are failing, but this day she seemed so happy. After I was seated to the right of her chair. I asked, "What have you been doing today?" She answered. "Oh, I have been having the best time this morning. 1 have been singing." and she proceeded to sing in a beautiful, clear voice, "Memories" and older songs such as my mother used to sing to me. Her lovely voice and words took me back in memory, too. What a wonderful way to entertain oneself! She remembered when two trains stopped daily at their Manti depots. Also, she told me about electricity coming to Manti accommodating the use of electric washing machines. "We could only wash at night or on certain days of the week," she told me. 83
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Identifier 092_Lucile.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326740
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6m043j1/326740