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Life Story of Soren Andersen and Daughter

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1993
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6nz85tx
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324626
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6nz85tx

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Title Life Story of Soren Andersen and Daughter
Description Ana Kjerstena's oldest daughter, Maria Kjerstena Nielsen, was the first girl to be bom in the old Ephraim Fort. She tells of many times as a girl when she and her mother had to take the small children and hide from tbe Indians in a cellar near their home. This cellar was located on the old Hans Bosen place where James Andrew Olsen and his wife Katie used to live. The address is 2SS North 4th East. The responsibility of pioneering not only fell on Ana Kjerstena and her husband, but on their children as well. It was a hard struggle to get just the bare necessities of life. The adobe houses were built along the inside of the fort wail, and they were made from mud mixed in the ground and placed in molds. These were dried and put together in the walls, with mud in the cracks. The roofs were made of hewn logs. The adobe houses were usually one or two rooms with a fireplace instead of a stove. There was a grate on which the iron or copper pots were hung for cooking. The table and chairs were made of the logs, and the beds were made with pegs along each side and end, with rope woven across on which straw mattresses were placed. The floors were dirt, and most of the dishes were made of tin. The open space inside the fort wall was used for wagons. Everyone lived close together, and everyone worked happily together for the good of each other. The pioneers' clothing was of their own making. The men's pants were mi"*1* of canvas, and the children's garments were made out of cloth known as 'factory" cloth. Shoes were either wooden or made of cowhide, which was tanned and made into moccasins with the hair left on the outside. The children went to school in this type of shoes. When the wagon covers and bed ticks were worn out, the best parts were made into articles of clothing. These, in time, wore out and the people had to look elsewhere for something to make clothing from. Ana Kjerstena, along with the other women in the fort, did ail the shearing of the sheep. She taught her girls to card the wool, spin the thread, and knit the clothing for the family. Nearly every home had a spinning wheel. The cloth was closely measured and made very plain to save on material. For dyes, berries and rabbit brush were gathered, making different colors for the materials. For lye, wood ashes were placed in a large barrel and water was poured over it. This stood for some time and then the water was poured off. This made a lye that could be used for making soap for scrubbing floors and other uses around the homes. Brooms were 50
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Identifier 062_Life Story of Soren Andersen and Daughter.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324563
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6nz85tx/324563