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The Letter on the Mountain

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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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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323075
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6bp00z2

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Title The Letter on the Mountain
Description THE LETTER ON THE MOUNTAIN Vernon F. Larsen 3981 Fruitfale Avenue Oakland, California Non-professional Division Second Place Historical Essay The project had been discussed for years but the student body of 1925-26 got it underway. Snow College faculty, alumni members and the Ephraim Lions Club inspected the mountain. They located a suitable apot to construct a block "S" - one that would be visible from town and the entire surrounding area. The work of clearing the scrub oak, small trees and brush from the area began May 5, 1926. Dozens of students, under the leadership of student body President Othel Carlson, ascended the hill east of Ephraim with shovels, grubbing hoes, axes and rakes to do the job. They were enthusiastic about their work, even though the sun was hot and the task difficult. When the first oak brush was being removed, an omi-nous sound was heard - a sustained rattle. Yes, it was Indeed a rattle snake... not just one rattler but a whole nest of them, and not just one, but dozens of nests. Excited, fearful discussion ensued. The problem must be solved immediately. Finally the solution: students were armed with strong forked sticks. With this weapon in hand the nests were approached carefully. As a snake slithered out of its hideaway, the forked stick was thrust down back of its head, thus holding it captive. Murder must follow, reptile decapitation with the aid of a shovel. Care was taken, however, to preserve the rattles. The clearing task continued in safety. Battles were accumulated as evidence of the frightening experience, and were turned over to the Biology Laboratory as samples from Rocky Mountain wildlife. Another surprise! A trap imprisoning a live bob cat, blocked part of the clearing. Although it was about twice the size of a house cat, it growled fiercely. Action must -14-
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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 323066
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6bp00z2/323066