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Manti Creek in Retrospect

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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
Type Image
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324356
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc

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Title Manti Creek in Retrospect
Description with two tall boys, Ed Jensen and Elmer (Gus) Anderson, on the ends of the chain. In pioneer times there were no regulations governing the use of the watershed. It was free and open. William Henry Peacock used to drive his band of brood mares into the canyon in February. Till the new grass grew, there was dry bunch grass belov the ledges on the steep sunny slopes. Sheepmen Jockeying for position drove their bands of lambed-out ewes into the canyon before the feed was ready. The inevitable result was extremely heavy runoff at snowmelt and destructive floods following heavy summer rains. Before the sedimentation dam was built, high water carried heavy loads of sand and gravel to the fLrst point where the creek bed flattened. As the channel filled, there was serious flooding. The city hired men with teams and scrapers to keep the channel open. Because stream flow was highest at night, it was necessary to work nights. Some ef the men wore hip boots; others, including our neighbor, Hyrum Deimison, waded in the icy water in work shoes. That activity gave rise to the unsightly hump just west of the new high school. The watershed provided considerable work. One of my first jobs on the forest was helping ftancis M. Cox dig up small spruce trees. These we planted in what was then the barren triangular tip of the cemetery. How tall those trees have grown! Hy most poignant recollection of Manti Creek dates back to June 14, 1906, the day that Neils Rasmussen was drowned in it. He had been hired to keep the divider of the two creeks free from driftwood. Accidentally he fell into the smaller south fork. He had no chance for survival. Word of the tragedy spread immediately. I hopped onto a horse and went galloping downtown. My first stop was at a crossing near the Jorgercson home, west of main street, where men and boys or, horseback were watching the stream for a corpse. After an unsuccessful pause, we rode on to lower observation points. West of town we were stopped by a barbed wire fence that crossed the creek. As we watched, a body hit a submerged wire and was flipped into view. If my memory is correct, it was Henry Kackay who rode into the stream to recover the body. High water flow was not all bad. Excess water made it possible to cultivate more land. Sanpete was known as the bread basket of the state at that period in time. I recently read that one unprofitable shipment of wheat grown in Sanpete was made to Liverpool, England. One evening when our family was out for a buggy ride, we counted 21 stacks of unthreshed grain on a single farm on the east side of the highway between Shand's Knoll and Ephraim. Production on that farm today la skimpy because of water shortage. Shrinkage in the water supply resulted in abandonment of the highline Patton and Madsen ditches, -52-
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Identifier 067_Manti Creek in Retrospect.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324295
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc/324295