Sanpete's Weather Signs

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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
Format application/pdf
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 324024
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Title Sanpete's Weather Signs
Description of blue sky, to the many times I have walked to school and felt the moisture in the air, seen the blackness of the sky In the southwest and known the gray above me was so low that I could almost raise my hand, to touch it. It seems that my entire life has been influenced by the wea-thert its temperature, windineas, wetness, drvness, clearness, cloudiness. All have challenged me with what I must wear, where I could go, and even what I could do. Because of it, I have met many disappointments and made many great discoveries. Once I heard that the reason Brigham Young sent the Danes to Sanpete was because they came from a northern European country Mhere the winters were long and hard, and thus they would know how to build strong, warm houses and also know how to prepare for winter. My great grandfather, Christian Ipsen Munk, brought his family to Sanpete from the Danish 1st and of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. They were members of the Forsgren company and sailed to the port of New Orleans on the ship 'Torest Monarch." Their youngest child was buried on a sandbar at the mouth of the Mississippi River, They arrived in Salt Lake City on September 30, 1853. Five days later, they, with the other Danish emigrants, were on their way to the new settlement of Manti in the land of the Sanpitch Indians. They entered the Sanpete valley by way of Salt Creek canyon and stopped at the Allred settlement (Spring City) where they were welcomed and helped dig potatoes for the winter food supply. On December 15, orders were received from President Brigham Young to leave at once and go to Fort Manti with their families, food stuffs, and portable belongings. They arrived In Manti, December 16, 1853, where they lived with the Millet and Joe Allen families. The spring of 185^, Christian was assigned an acre of land in the southwest part of Manti. Living In this arid region was quite different from living on an island. The Manti settlers had already come through their first that fell on the original settlers just a few days after their arrival in Sanpete valley, Christian Ipsen knew about snow. In BomholJnj the snows came in such large amounts as to com-pleteXy cover the houses, thus making it possible to sleighride over their roofs. The only way they knew where the houses were, was by watching the smoke rise from the chimneys. Because of the heavy winter storms, the wonien did the family washings just twice a year- in the fall and in the spring. Christian was a cooper by trade* He could make wooden buckets and wooden tubs, and he also had a knowledge of building a house equal to any weather that might come. To do this he built his new house -^7-
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Identifier 061_Sanpete's Weather Signs.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 323992
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