I Was Choked in Bed

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 17
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1985
Type Text
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Language eng
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Title I Was Choked in Bed
Description I WAS CHOKED III BED James L. Jacobs 1052 Darling Street Ogden, UT 84403 Non-Professional Division First Place Anecdote As a small teenager I helped a sheep herder from the desert to the lambing ground. One stormy evening two horsemen friends of the herder came to our sheep wagon and ate supper with us. As they had no beds, they were invited to spend the night, even though we would be sleeping five in a bed. To enlarge a sheep wagon bed, it was customary to move the sideboard about two feet forward over the table and fill the space with horsebiankets of the bed as it could accommodate more bodies that way. When visitors stayed overnight in sheep wagons, the men always slept "head and tail fashion, alternating heads and feet; as legs are smaller than shoulders, less space is needed when sleeping that way. I was placed in the center of the bed when we retired, with the feet of big men resting close to each of my ears under the quilts. My folded coat was my pillow, and ray head was pressed against the wall at the end of the wagon. When the men relaxed in sleep their feet stretched the quilts across my throat so tightly that I was choked. By kicking, I roused my bedfellows so they would pull their feet up enough to relieve the pressure on my throat so I could catch my breath. But when they again dropped off to my throat and choked me, so again 1 kicked the men awake and gasped for breath. This went on all night: dozing--choking--kicking--gasping for breath. VJhat a relief it was when morning came, the choking stopped, and I could breathe normally again. Source: Recollections of the author, 40
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