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The Procter and Gamble of Yester-Year

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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 The Procter and Gamble of Yester-Year
Description THE PROCTER & GAMBLE OF YESTER-YEAR Leo C. Larsen Mt. Pleasant, Utah Senior Citizen Division First Place Personal Recollection As the correct amount of the "New & Improved" laundry detergent, manufactured by Procter & Gamble, was measured into the automatic washer, I asked myself, "I wonder how and when this giant corporation first began operation?" This opened the flood gate, and childhood memories of long ago came rushing to the present, I recalled the first commercial laundry soap I had seen. It was a sample box that Procter 4 Gamble had placed in the new electric Hashing machine that had been delivered to our home a quarter of a century ago. Thea my mind flashed back to still earlier years when pa 3_ i^pi-f-«asig'hfl^ ^1 ng fainilYi Mama made nur* own Thhtk)t"y soap* Soap-malting at our house was usually et late spring, once-a- year operation. As a lad it was my assignment to assist my brother in preparing for this important day. Early in the morning we took the blackened wash tub, hangj ng on a nail on the side of the granary, and set it on a steel tripod which Papa had fashioned out of a discarded steel wagon tire. This was merely a round iron rim a. little smaller than the bottom of the tub. It had three legs about a foot in length which permitted a fire to be built under the tub to heat the contents. After this was all in place, a supply of fuel was r.eeded. This we took from our year's supply of kindling that was neatly stacked in the wood shed. He placed it near at hand to be Laed when all else was in readiness. Kama then assenbled the ingredients needed. This included all the unused lard, kitchen grease and other animal fat that had accumulated during the winter. She carefully weighed it and then measured out the correct amount of water and other ingredients. Then she warned us kids to stand back.. Apprehensively we watched as she opened the correct number of cans of Rex Lye and carefully poured mixed her special recipe for homemade soap. Then the fuel was placed under the blackened tub and the fire was lighted. The non-tents of the tub must not fluctuate in temperature. It must not boll too vigorously, nor it must not be allowed to cool. Constant stirring and frequent skimming was necessary to assure that the end product was smooth, clear, and without foreign matter. It was a long, cautious process. After hours of careful attention, the solution had become the correct consistency, which was thick and "gooie," and Kara said with a sigh, "It's done! We'll let the fire dia out, cover the tub, and let it stand over night." -49-
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Identifier 064_The Procter and Gamble of Yester-Year.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324349
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc/324349