The Cow that Kepts Her Cool

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 06
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1974
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s65x272x
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 324158
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x

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Title The Cow that Kepts Her Cool
Description When a hen got that urge, she was called a "scrook." Many an unsuspecting child visiting the hen house experienced the fury of a scrook as he reached under her to see if there was a harvest. The unsuspecting intruders usually hurriedly left in tears with faces full of feathers and numerous scratches. Although these scrooks were sometimes a problem, they,nevertheless, were necessary to increase the size of the flock by hatching and caring for baby chicks. When a hen had grown old and fat, she made that supreme sacrifice of being transformed into delicious chicken soup and Danish Dumplings for General Authorities visiting stake conference. Sometimes for weeks ahead, these scrooks would steal away to a secret, secluded spot and lay their eggs, and when the nest was full, she would set on them until the proud day when she could emerge with a posterity. It was during the big flood that so devastated the city of Mt. Pleasant that one such scrook attained state-wide attention. It seems that a little straw stack had been in the path of the flood and was floated some three quarters of a mile from its original location. This scrook had stolen her nest in this straw stack. When the straw stack finally came to rest on Main Street, she was still faithfully attending to her duty of sitting on her eggs. Source-Verlyn Oldham, Mt. Pleasant, Utah. THE COW THAT KEPT HER COOL Mrs. Dorothy J. Buchanan Richfield, Utah Professional Division First Place Anecdote Since we were children, most of us have heard about the cow that jumped over the moon, but this cow I have in mind jumped under the moon--or that is, she fell into a cellar, back in those pioneer days, 115 years ago. My great grandfather, Jens Larsen, came to Mt. Pleasant in 1859 and soon began to build his first house-- of necessity a slow process. He planned a two room, block adobe house with a dirt roof and cellar. At first, only the north room was built, which the family occupied. Then the cellar was excavated and Jens planned to build the south room on top of that. Things went along smoothly until one spring day the valuable family cow strayed too close to the cellar and fell into it, but fortunately was uninjured. Quite a hubbub ensued when friends and neighbors hurried to the spot to offer Jens advice as to ways and means he should employ to get the cow safely out of the cellar. The cow was heavy and the cellar was deep. How could they ever manage it? They possessed no tools or mechanical devices to help them. But as pioneers were noted for their ingenuity and skill in many things, there was always a way! The men simply threw piles of hay and straw into the cellar until it was high enough for Bossy to walk calmly out. She was the only one who had not been excited! -2-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 6
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324091
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x/324091