I Could Never Forget the Chautauqua

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1980
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title I Could Never Forget the Chautauqua
Description The Chautauqua, held for one or two weeks during summer months, was regarded as a holiday festivity In each eoa-nunlty, with everyone planning for weeks ahead for the tig enterprise. It was a festival, convention, picnic, school, and religious gathering all thrown into one* It was a movement which did much to give a. unity of thought to the leading political, social, economic, religious and educational problems of the day. While looking recently through an old cardboard file of my father's, I found an envelope marked "Ellison-White Chautauqua," and after reading its contents decided I had discovered a veritable treasure. It dealt with the setting up of the big Chautauqua in 1917. It was sent by a Mr. Ericksen of the Ellison-White system, and written to my father. The last paragraph is as follows: There never was a time in the history of our country when greater good could be done than the bringing of men with the messages of this great war. (Note that the U, S. had declared war less than a month before the Chautauqua date, April 6, 1917.) You are to be congratulated on the way this country has taken hold. The bringing of some of the moving minds of the world who are now in the Chautauqua, and are working in harmony with President Wilson's plans, will not be a waste of money, at least other communities do not regard it as such. I hope that you and your townspeople will not be disappointed. Other material in the envelope consisted of notations giving the price of the tickets-Adult season tickets, $25-00; Student tickets, $7-50; Children's tickets, $5.00. After reading all of the contents of th= envelope, I had a picture of the Ellison-White procedure. In order for them to bring their programs to Mt. Pleasant, a certain number of citizens had to agree to sign a contract guaranteeing the Ellison-White system a certain amount of money in case the ticket sales did not bring in the required amount* Fortunately, this list of names is included with the material. There are many names I had forgotten, but they brush aside the cobwebs In my mind after many years have passed, and emerge to present vivid pictures of faces and personalities, most of them long gone. They represent a most heterogeneous group--the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, the plumber, the teacher, the dentist, the preacher-a substantial cross section of the inhabitants of Mt. Pleasant, Utah, U. S. A, It is evident that the people were hungry for this promised cultural climate and were willing to gamble on its success, For a special bonus, I am going to give you that list of names, as follows! J. W. Cherry, Burke McArthur, Dr. D. D. Te"bbs, A. L. Peter-sen, W. W. McKirahan, I. E. Jorgensen, F, C. Jensen, W. Lyle Allred, Chas. Husig, Ed Johnston, 0. F. Wall, Fred Rasmussen, Miss Winifred Jensen, W. P. Winters, Capt. S. M. Nielson, B. B. Norton, Miss Irene Nielsen, A. D. Christensen, Amasa Aldrich, Miss Hilda Madsen, Louis A. -17-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 323950
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