Indian Story

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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
Format image/jpeg
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 Indian Story
Description There was work for everyone. Pleasures were few except for games of their own making such as ball, nipcat and hopscotch. There were horseshoes for the men and visiting for the ladies which included quilting bees, rag bees and cording wool, with honey and molasses candy pulls for the children. Bothilda Hansen, now fifteen years old, must help support herself. She was employed by the Seeley; as a hired girl which included outside chores as well as everything inside the house. One morning just as the sun was coming up over the east mountains, the family started on their way to Fairview for a shopping trip. It was necessary to get an early start as the fifteen miles was a good half-day's journey for the heavy work horses and wagon. Bothilda watched them as they drove out of the yard, down the lane and out of sight in a heavy cloud of dust. How she longed to go with them. It would be such fun to laugh and talk with the children. What a thrill to see a store with all the cloth, lace, and shelves filled with groceries, but she must not think of it. She was employed and needed the thirty-five cents a week which she received to buy shoes and a dress for herself. Finally she turned to her work. First she would water the calves and hogs. It wasn't as lonesome outside as it was in the large empty kitchen. Two trips of water for the hogs and two for the calves. She was glad the chickens could go and return by themselves. The calves and pigs couldn't be trusted to do this. After giving the calves their food of hay, and shorts for the pigs, Bothilda turned to the chickens. It was such fun to scatter the grain on the ground and watch them run in all directions to try to get the most. She would try to fool the old hens so the young chicks could get their share, but the old hens were always where the most wheat had fallen. As Bothilda entered the kitchen and saw the breakfast table filled with dirty dishes, she realized she must make one more trip to the spring for the house water. She filled the large dish pan with water and set it on the stove to heat. First she must get some wood as the woodbox was empty. The cedar stumps were hard to chop, but finally she had an armful to take into the house. Cedar wood made a hot fire and the dishwater would soon be ready. Bothilda was glad there was one biscuit left; she would have that for her dinner and wouldn't need to bake a meal for herself. The sour dough jug was al-most empty so she put equal parts of flour and water, stirred it well and put it in a warm place to ferment. Sour dough was a must. Mr. Seeley insisted on hot bis-cuits every meal. It was hard to make them consistently good because the salera-tus*, which they gathered near Manti, was not always the same strength for levening and the salt brine was never the same strength. That reminded her, she must see to it that the salt brine was replenished. She went into the yard and selected a handful of clear, clean salt chunks from the salt troughs, which she put in the brine jar, added water and let set for use in salting their vegetables and bread. •Saleratus is a baking soda the pioneers found near Manti. The salt they made brine from was regular rock salt. They had no yeast or fine salt and only home-made soap. -49-
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Identifier 059_Indian Story.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 6
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324133
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x/324133