I Remember Grandma

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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 I Remember Grandma
Description vert, who had come to Utah with his mother and two sisters. Hannah and Martin were married on December 10, 1860. They became the parents of seven living children. At various periods they lived in Circle Valley, Chester, Milburn, Indianola, later making their permanent home in Mt. Pleasant, where they became prominent early-day settlers. There are many things I remember about Grandma. First of all, she was a lady, I neve say her when she was not "dress-up." Perhaps this was a carry-over from her days of poverty and ragged clothing. At age 98, she had her hair cut for the first time in her life. No one ever saw her without her earrings and her broach. On her one-hundredth birthday my father brought three new dresses to her home for her to see. She was to make a choice of one for her birthday. Grandmother tried them on and carefully evaluated each one. Then she calmly announced, "I'll take them all. I'll pay for the other two myself." When one of her nieces brought her a beautiful little orchid,shrug sweater for her birthday, she later brought it to my mother and said, "Here, Sena, do you want this grandmother sweater?" Most amusing was the time one of her nieces insisted upon making Grandmother's burial clothes, much to Grandma's disgust and horror. After they were completed and presented to her, she brought them to my mother again. "Please keep these things. I don't want to see them" By the time she died twenty-five years later, the moths had eaten the yellowed garments,and they could not be used. Even in death she did not have to see them. When Grandmother became the oldest lady in town, she quit attending the Annual Old Folks' Party. This was the final blow to her vanity. The day before the party each year she developed a severe headache which kept her from attending. I never remember her being ill at any other time, although her corns did bother her when the moon changed. Each Wednesday promptly at one o'clock she made her weekly visit to Sena's. Mother was expected to visit, not to do any housework. Even the children knew enough to visit or go play. Promptly at six o'clock we ate dinner and Grandmother departed for her home. At Christmas time Grandmother made it very plain to all the she wanted no wool stockings, felt houseslippers, or housedresses. Red beads, perfume, hair oil, earrings, or fancy combs were properly appreciated, however. When John H. Stansfield, prominent Utah artist, decided he would like to paint a portrait of her when she became 100 years old, she willingly agreed. Each day for a week my brother took her on the handlebars of his bicycle to the artist's studio for the sitting. She enjoyed every minute of it. What was the source of Grandma's longevity? We believe it was her rigid discipline. At 9 p.m. she retired. She ate well, but sparingly. Certainly her good health, financial security, and her ability to look forward were contributing factors. She lived in the future. If she suffered any scars from her handcart ordeal -6-
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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 324119
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x/324119