The Red Stone Fountain

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 05
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Sothern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1973
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6tm788q
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
ID 323578
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6tm788q

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Title The Red Stone Fountain
Description Adolph and Hyrum wanted to do something nice for the wonderful freinds in their own community so out of civic pride and love of fellowmen, they conceived the idea of a drinking fountain to be placed in the center of the city cemetery to refresh the stranger, friend, or foe within its gates. Looking around the valley for material to build it with they found some red stone east of Moroni city cemetery A large stone weighing better than a ton was brought to Mt. Pleasant Marble Works by Lewis Johansen (Napoleon). The wagon was driven close to the hill where the stone was rolled onto it with the help of crowbars. Everything from this point on had to be done by hand. They placed the stone in the back yard of their business establishment and built a shelter over it to keep the hot sun and rain off their heads while they worked. The stone was not hard, but it was very dirty, and consequently it was necessary to sharpen the steel instru- meats very often. The fountain was sculptured to represent the stump of a tree with the bark and knots chlsled in to resemble real wood. It was built with two compartments, one for drinking and one for washing hands. The drinking water came from a bronze lizard's mouth in a continual stream and went back into the ground. The washing compartment formed three petal shaped bowls with the center one for washing the others to enhance the beauty of it. The bowls were made of a separate stone and mortised into the tree stump. In order to shape this large square stone into a natural looking tree stump and get the shape, length and width they wanted, they had to use a single jack (hammer) and chisel to rough it down to shape, and this required going over it many many times. At first they used a pointed chisel, and as it smoothed down they used a blade chisel and a seven pound wood mallet. John A. Matson, an employee, assisted them for five months of painstaking hours before their dream was realized. This work was all done free gratis with no cost to anyone except the kind hands who built it. The fountain was removed when the cemetery was placed
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 5
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323571
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6tm788q/323571