Band of Accomplishment

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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 Band of Accomplishment
Description Manti. There were five Conestoga Wagons, the same as those that had brought our families across the plains in the early 1850s, all drawn by a team of horses. Each of the five girls took a load of flour to sell. It was packed in hundred-pound sacks and would pay the expenses of our trip. Huge sacks filled with hay were tied to the wagons, and grain boxes built along the sides were filled with oats for the horses. The water barrels were lashed to the wagons, also. It was the first rule of survival. Bert took a quarter of beef; he did all the frying. When we camped at night the beef hung from a tree. During the day it was wrapped in a sack and layed between the quilts in a bed. We had a sour dough start, eggs buried in the oats ;to keep them from breaking, a slab of salt pork, a bag each of dried beans and cornmeal, and sorghum molasses. When we could get milk, the motion of the wagon churned butter and gave us buttermilk to drink. Campfires were built in the morning and evening. Fires were made over a trench in the ground filled with rocks about six inches in diameter. When we cooked breakfast we always made extra biscuits and fried too much pork. That way we didn't have to stop to prepare lunch. Every morning we were on the road by six o'clock while it was still dark. We rested the horses at noon and stopped for ten minutes of each hour.3 When the wagons halted it was usually a signal for the girls to retreat to any place most hidden from view. We formed a circle facing out, fanned our skirts wide making a curtain, and each one took her turn inside the circle. Although it was never discussed, these long skirts were the security women needed when traveling with men in wagon trains.^ We expected to travel four miles an hour, covering about 36 miles per day. That first night we camped at Peacock Springs south of Sterling.5 The fellows took care of their teams and built the fires, then we all walked over to the home of John L. and Serena Peacock. We decided 51
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