Managing Through Childhood

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1993
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 Managing Through Childhood
Description MANAGING THROUGH CHILDHOOD Shirley Reynolds Burnside Non-Professional First Place Short Story Managing was a way of life in the 1920s. It was no different in Sanpete, as money was scarce for everyone. How the people managed or lived by their own special abilities is most interesting. The Reynolds family had been in Sanpete since 1884, having bought their farm from his folks. They were established and happily organized. Mother Reynolds, Sylvia, ran the house efficiently; father, Isaac, worked hard and was good-natured. There were four handsome boys, Glenn, Elmo, Jay and Don. My story is about Elmo. He played mostly with his older brother Glenn, and there was time most days for play and room to find something to do. The farm is in the meadowland south of Moroni and is a tidy thirty-six acres. The Sanpitch river runs through it and willows grew along the banks, especially on the east side of the farm. Many small animals lived there-rabbits, squirrels, ducks, fish, birds and muskrats. It was cool and green in the summer and Elmo spent many enjoyable hours playing there. Later, he and Glenn had a trap line and caught and sold beautiful muskrat furs. There were trees around the house and the boys spent lots of time climbing in the trees. They each carved a phone into a limb of their tree, working hard to make them realistic, even with two bells like the phone they knew. Then they pretended to call each other and talk. They played marbles, baseball and basketball; high jumped, vaulted, drove cars and pitched horse shoes. Elmo made play hay derricks that worked on the same principle as real ones with ropes and pulleys. Later in life after he was married, for a short time, he made real hay derricks for farmers to earn extra money. In the winter they would ice skate on the ponds nearby. There was a small pond on the farm or larger ones south of Chester and by the bridge between Chester and Wales. Elmo learned to ice skate very young, and tbe boys played hockey for hours at a time. At night they had skating parties, building a fire on the edge of the ice to get warm. They came in wet and cold but had good times. 34
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324566
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