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Western Sagebrush

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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 Western Sagebrush
Description the horses dragged the rail over the field, it pulled the sagebrush up by the roots. Once in a while the rail seened to bounce up and would then leave large accumulated piles of sage brush. This process was called "clearing the land." But other procedures were required. The piles of sage must dry and "then both brush and rocks "oe removed, before the land could be plowed. Rock fences still outline some sections of faun lands showing how ingenious farmers were in making good use of otherwise worthless rocks. But our essay concerns only the sage. Removal of the piles of dried brush was accomplished in several ways- First was to haul lai^ge loads on a hay rack and store it in our yard at home. Seme plies were left in the field to be hauled into town later. It seemed such a waste that some were destroyed in the field with large bonfires. The stack of sagebrush at home served many and varied uses, not the least of which was to start fires in the kitchen stove each morning* Wood and coal were always stored by the stove, but there was also the sagebrush supplement, a little supply was available In one side of the wood box. Bach morning the fire box would be filled with four layers of flammable material, including crumpled pieces of paper from Sears Roebuck catalog, a nice layer of fine sagebrush with its crisp dry bark, covered by pieces of dry wood aM then topped with a layer of small pieces of coal. When the paper was lighted, a roaring fire resulted immediately. The dry sage seemed to be the important ingredient. Several farm tasks each year decreased the size of the sagebrush stack. These included fires for making laundry soaps cooking tubs of culled potatoes for cattle feed! making brine for curing fresh pork and heating tubs of water at pig-killing tiae to assist the butcher in scraping bristles from the carcass of the animal. In each of these processes the old iron tripod played its Important role, as did the large wash tubs. The tripod (a circular iron frame) was arranged and supported about twelve inches above the ground with its three iron legs. A tub was placed exactly level on the frame of the tripod. I remember seeing Daddy use his carpenter's spirit level to see that the equipment was level. The water in the tub needed to be brought to the boiling point. I remember bringing armload after armload of sagebrush to fuel the fire under the tub. The brush burned rapidly, but there was plenty to keep the fire ablaze. The burning sage emitted its distinctive odor and scented the entire area. The cooking potatoes became soft and mushy for cattle feed. The brine made from rock salt and water would be tested with a ran potato to check its concentration as it boiled. When the potato floated, the brine was ready for curing the meat. The mixture of fat and lye had to be boiled until its consistency was ready to be poured into vats for cutting into bars of soap. -47-
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Identifier 062_Western Sagebrush.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324352
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc/324352