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Healers and Healing

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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
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 323344
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6348hhs

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Title Healers and Healing
Description Mt. Pleasant, the two, being curious about the view from the half-finished loft, climbed the ladder to look around. When they had seen all they wanted, "liel teasingly told Anne, "Well, since I came up first, I suppose I should go down first." Anne, be ing a modest voung lady not wan ting to chance having Nie 1 see her ankles as she c^ imbed down the ladder, stepped around him, intending to get to it first. Though she didn't get to the ladder first, she got to the main floor first: she fell through the ceiling, landing on the benches below and breaking her elbow. When the cast was removed, Anne s arm remained in an ell shape The doctor told Candace t>>at Anne would never be able to comb her own hair; Candace retorted that Anne would use her arm again, t^en proceeded to prove herself right,. She sent her sons to the garden to dig angleworms. These she put in a can which she placed close to the stove till they fermented and became oily. Then, having one of the boys hold Anne around the waist and pull on her, Candace pulled on Anne s arni while rubbing some of the angleworm oil on the injured elbow. Tears streamed down Anne's face each tirae the procedure was repeated, but the arm was straightened so that one not knowing it had ever been stiff was unaware of the trauma and pain Anne had gone through to be able to use it at all. The pulling? The rubbing? The angleworm oil? IJho really knows what actually healed the arm. Anne's greater claim to fame as a healer--one not tried by her mother, her sister, or her uncles--was dentistry. Most of the time her practice consisted of helping little ones about the age of six pull their loose teeth. The usual procedure, if the tooth were loose enough, was to loop a string around the tooth, pull the noose tight, and either tie the string to a doorknob and slam the door or have the patient--or the "dentist"--give the string a quick jerk. A dime or a quarter from the "doctor" soon had t^e patient feeTing fine. Anne's practice wasn't limited to children, however. She had a pair o? forceps, reportedly horse _orceps, which she used to pull teeth that were not quite so •¦ 61
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Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323263
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6348hhs/323263