Facts and Fiction about Sanpete's July Holidays

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1981
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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 Facts and Fiction about Sanpete's July Holidays
Description FXZ"S a.\t- fi:tio:." about Sanpete's july holidays John K. CfLsen Ephraim, Utah 8462? Senior Citizen Division Second Honorable Mention Personal Recollection I remeraber the way we celebrated the Fourth and Twenty-Fourth of July before Ephraim's first automobiles, owned by Mike Hermansen and L. M. Olsen, came to town. In those days rcost folks stayed within a few miles of home for want of ways to travel. Each community had its owi brand of celebration. Everybody thought it was their patriotic duty to properly celebrate these two holidays, and they tried hard to 'fail not.' Community pride stimulated a celebration in even the smallest *.a-Tis of Sanpete. Around the turn of the century it seemed that the main moving force to get plans started was a well-advertised celebration in Salt Lake, or Provo, or even Ogden, Excursion trains carrying passengers would travel to these cities from various ireas of the state. I remember how excited we local kids were when Ephraim decided vo put on real big celebrations on these July days. Always, we at night. We did not want to miss one bit of excitement and had to be present for all happenings; the parade, the meeting or program, the races, pulling matches and even the afternoon dances. We had saved what money we had been able to earn, and the popcorn, homemade root beer, and candy pieces were enjoyed enthusiastically. At the day's close, after a wonderful lay of enthusiasm and participation, we trudged homeward or rode with our parents in the buggy, a two-seater (which had iost its white top) pulled bv my father's pride ... two bay mares. Ve were tired but happy as we wearily fed the chickens and gathered the eggs, milked the cows, fed and watered the livestock, ate bread and milk for supper and finally tumbled into bed. All workers on farms and in town were given the day off from working on these days-that is, all but the sheepherders. They were forced to stay on the job because there were, according to reports at that time, a half million sheep in Sanpete County. The ranges were overcrowded and there was quite a bit of stealing of livestock. The fact of the matter was that there were more men and boys tending sheep than in any other line of work. I remember some of the things that happened and a few of the stories of what the herders did to get to the celebrations. These two holidays were hard for most sheepherders to pass up. The following inscription was carved on an aspen tree in Fairview Canyon: -57-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324263
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