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Sanding the Social Hall Floor

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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
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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 Sanding the Social Hall Floor
Description SANDING THE SOCIAL HALL FLOOR Lillian Winn Fjeldsted 7999 South 83O East Sandy, Utah dlXT/0 Non-Professional Division Honorable Mention Personal Recollection As I left the dentist's office a few years ago, I glanced up at the windows of the old Social Hall. They made me think of a dying queen, for certainly that hall had been the "CJueen" of the dance halls for many years. But not now. The windows had wooden slats across them, and tattered paper patterns hung there. As I gazed upon them, I remembered the story, told to me by my brother, of how the floor of that hall was sanded. The hall had been completed and the floor was now ready to be sanded ¦ The men who furnished the finances for the construction of it decided to get a group of young boys to do it for then. The boys were promised a free dance for doing it. When the day for the sanding came, between fifteen or twenty boys showed up ready to work. They were each given a block of wood the size of a sheet of sandpaper. Then down on their hands and knees they went, sanding the floor as they moved down the floor together. When their sandpaper wore out, they were fiarnished another one. It was some job! When the floor was finished, it was swept and com meal was scattered over It. Then the boys had a great time making It slick and shiny. They ranoved their shoes and in their stocking feet, \, slid up aM down the floor. Some of them did it in their bare feet. '"¦ They tried to outslide each other. This is probably the only time that using this floor as a "sliding rink" was ever legitimate, although most everyone must have had the urge to take a running slide across it. The day after the sanding was finished, a free matinee dance was given fox an the young people of Ephraim. What a tine they had! Hy (Hyrum) Anderson was there to teach and call the dances. He taught the waltz, the Two-Step Polka, the Virginia Bed, and a Quadrille. The music for the dance came from the accordlan of Mart (Martin) Christensen. Re had an accordlan that he pushed and pulled with both hands. It had only one scale with a couple of extra notes, a couple of bass notes, and two chords. There was no keyboard, as He have on accordlans today, but he pushed on buttons to bring out the melodies that he played by ear. -*-
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Identifier 107_Sanding the Social Hall Floor.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324320
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc/324320