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A Hole in the Snow

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 10
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1978
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6pz56z9
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323735
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6pz56z9

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Title A Hole in the Snow
Description Though it happened eighty years ago, I remember its every detail. A HOLE IN THE SNOW Dana S. Ekins Salt Lake City, Utah Non-Professional Division Tense bubbles of hot grease rose from the black-bottomed kettle and then relaxed, returning to the hot liquid to rise again. The wooden-spoon--an oversized oak one her mother had the young woman's arm as she rhythmically stirred the rendering lard. The belching pot which contained the molten fat was connected to a tripod with three lengths of chain and hung over an outside fire just above the shimmering coals. Adelia B. Cox Sidwell, who had married George Sidwell just eighteen months earlier, was new to the task of wife and mother, but not to the necessities of hard work-processing the fat with the lye to make soap would insure clean clothes through-out tne coming winter. Rivulets ot perspiration had Gathered on her Torehead and on tne brick of her necK, and the bodies of her calico apron revealed a wet circular stain. Her only relief from the early afternoon weather came when a porten-tous breeze blew transiently from the northi cool ing her momentarily. November in the year 1865 had been an endless Indian summer. Yellow leaves of aspen quaked, shimmering in the autumn haze; pumpkins and winter squash bulged in pregnant orange growing to unusually large sizes with the extra long growing season. The chirping of crickets grew quicker as nights became colder, and the sound of the more vociferous insects of a few cruel days. The azure sky, ever cloudless until today, was filled with migrating birds that made letters in the sky. The mixture of fat and lye, now complete, seemed to be congeal ing satisfactorily; Adelia removed the container holding the newly formed soap from the fire to let it cool -39-
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Identifier 053_A Hole in the Snow.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 10
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323603
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6pz56z9/323603