The Sanpete Valley Creeper

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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
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title The Sanpete Valley Creeper
Description First came the engine followed by the coalcar. Then came one or more passenger coaches and the "smoker" car which always carried the mail. The balance of the cars were for hauling freight, cattle, sheep, wool, hogs, machinery and later, automobiles. On returning to Manti at the end of the day, the train was met by a gathering of all the neighborhood children who watched eagerly until the passengers were off. Then quickly and quietly the children boarded the coaches to sit on the "red plush" seats to ride "in state" while the cars were switched and the coal and water were loaded for the next day's The train was turned on the "Y" that was built north and east of the Sanpete Valley Station. When the train stopped, the children departed for home. The engine was uncoupled and backed into the roundhouse to be checked. Later it was Folks were alerted next morning at 8:30 a.m. when the train's whistle blew to signal the start of another workday. As it moved north, if sheep were crossing the track the engineer never blew the whistler. He knew the loud blast would confuse them. Instead, he rang the engine's bell to hurry the sheep out of the way. Sometimes, horses reared in fright and many runaways wert caused at the sight of this little iron monster. A very special story is told about a Mrs. Mattison who lived on a farm near Chester. The "Creeper" crossed her pasture twice daily. This lady had a daughter who managed an "eating house" in Nephi. Every day the mother would "flag" the train and send a dozen eqgs to her Mille. One day with visible excitement she flagged the train to explain breath-lessly, "Today I have only eleven eggs but the hen is on the nest. Could you wait just a few more minutes?" The engineer answered, "We'll wait." The work of broad-gauging the Sanpete Valley track was an assured fact in 1896. The new rails were of heavier steel and enough for 51 miles of track. By 1905 a spur was built to the Moroni Sugar Factory. When the issue of moving the Sanpete County Courthouse came up, the citizens of Ephraim traveled en-masse on the "Creeper" to Moroni and Fountain Green to stump for Ephraim. Manti won by 31 votes. -109-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 10
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323726
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