Managing Through Childhood

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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
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324626
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Title Managing Through Childhood
Description In the spring of 1929 when Elmo was in the eighth grade, a new family moved into the Winters' Ranch a half a mite north. It used to be Doctor Winters' ranch, but he had passed away so this 200-acre ranch had been vacant for a few years. They were the Swain family. Father was Arthur and the mother was Elizabeth but everyone called her Lizzie. There were three cute lively girls, Eunice, Nida and Cecil, and two fine boys, Melvin and Dean. The two families became friends right away and remained so. My story continues with their daughter Nida. The Swains had moved often. They came from Price and the ranch was very different from the mining town. It was March and it had thawed and was so muddy that they got stuck going down the lane. There was no electricity or water in this farmhouse and it had only three rooms. Lizzie was not very happy, but the kids liked it better than the last farm at Price. The first year was difficult; everyone but Nida and brother Dean was sick. Lizzie was pregnant and had the baby early so he only lived eight days. The family was steadfast and looked forward to and worked together for better days, managing with what they had and what they knew. There was time for play and girl games. Nida played mostly with her younger sister Cecil. They played paper dolls, cutting the dolls, clothes and furniture out of the mail order catalog, then spreading them out on the bed where they would play for hours. Other times they would make clothes for bought paper dolls and color them. The color combinations were outrageous, but the girls thought they were beautiful. They played dolls, especially the little ones. Big sister Eunice spent many hours making clothes and furniture for them. The doll houses were cardboard boxes divided into rooms. They also played movie stars and house and store. They made mud pies and cakes and gathered rose buds or petals or berries and put them in old bottles with water. The bottles were so pretty and then they played store and sold them to each other, the only problem being the bottled flowers soured in a couple of days. Nida was very shy and didn't like school. The move from Price was very upsetting for her. One of the ways Lizzie helped the family manage was by her talent for sewing. She could sew anything. The kids would show her a picture or even describe what they wanted, and she could sew it just as they wanted. In those first hard years, Lizzie made underpanties for Nida out of flour sacks.
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324570
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