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My Mama Jennie's Journal

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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 My Mama Jennie's Journal
Description MY MAMMA JENNIE'S JOURNAL Maxlne Sorenson Green Salt Lake City, Utah Non-Professional Division Second Honorable Mention Historical Essay It might be well to mention that I do not endorse or advocate the use of the recipes and cure-alls found in this manuscript. The stosachs of our dear pioneer ancestors were probably lined with rawhide, and because of the hardships they endured, the spirit could not be dented even though in illness the curse was usually not as bad as the cure. All through life, one is constantly reminded of the role personal heritage plays in influencing and shaping the way life is lived. Ky mamma Jennie's collection of treasures in a hard-covered notebook supplied our family with unusual recipes, bits of wisdom to live by, anecdotes, "old wives tales," and an abundance of "sure cure" remedies^ Kamma Jennie's Journal is one of the priceless treasures affectionately guarded by my sister, Wanda S. Bachman, as she restores the old pioneer home in Ephraim. At one time the "wonder cures" and "receipts," as they were called, were serious business and because of our fanciful imaginations, prayers, and sincere faith in method, ingredients, and God, the conoctlons seemed to perform miracles. Mamma and Papa had little money. Instead they were endowed with nine children which required us to live a well-planned, frugal life. Dr. Nielson, the town practitioner, was not needed except to deliver the babies, unless a family member accidently broke a limb. All of the children had the round of childhood diseases. It seemed that as soon as one recovered from mumps, another would break out with measles. The quarantine sign would coae down and within a few days, another would go up. Mamma used her journal and the old family doctor book as a reference. With tender lovir-g care, she seemed to be able to pull us through our aches, pains, and maladies. If she could find the symptoms in the medical guide, she was sure to find a cure in her magic journal. For colds on the chest and tonsilitis, it was robust mustard plasters and a rag dipped in pungent coal oil, wrapped tightly around the throat. Of course an ample dose of castor oil or epsoai salts was sure to speed recovery. The "cure for croup" or "How to Whiten and Soften Hands" was entered in the journal between the "squash pie" recipe and "How to Make Picallili." Bits of wisdom were penned in wherever a small space had been available. Grandma's asthma cure consisted of soaking brown paper in saltpeter water, drying the paper, and burning it at night in your sleeping room. Watkins liniment was in plentiful use when one of papa's favorite horses came down with -82-
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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 324300
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc/324300