The Pretty Paper Box

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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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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title The Pretty Paper Box
Description THE PRETTY PAPER BOX Elizabeth Jacobsen Story Non-Professional Second Place Short Story When I was a very young child, I remember my mother telling me about the pretty box that she kept under her bed throughout her childhood. It was filled with all her treasures, her letters, and everything she wanted to keep safe. The box had a sketch of a pretty store front on it, and the name "Marshall Fields Store," Chicago Illinois. This was a store that sold clothing, shoes, and many other things. I loved hearing about the beautiful clothes, jewels and lovely things that were displayed for sale there. It was always intriguing to me. Mother told me about the pretty red coat she received in the box when she was five years old. Her uncle, Jack Watson, had given it to her when he and some other young men had returned from Chicago. They had gifts for all the family. There were dresses, coats, and other pretty new things. It was such a pleasure for those in the family to have ready-made things, for they had always made their own clothes. Jack Watson was one of the five young men who cared for the lambs that were shipped to Chicago in five box cars on the train. The railroad tracks to southern Utah had just been laid in 1891. it was possible now for the sheepmen to transport their lambs by boxcar to Salt Lake City and then on east to Chicago to the stockyards, where they were sold to buyers from the slaughterhouse. Jack and four other young men were asked to ride in the boxcars with the animals to keep them safe. One man rode in each car. They had to get the lambs out of the cars for water and food at a stop in Nebraska, and get them loaded again without any injuries. It was their responsibility to take care of the livestock, and to take care of the cash when the buyers paid for the lambs. The boys each carried their good clothes with them in a bag. They would change into those for the trip home in a passenger car on the Before these boys went to the railroad station to go home, they went to up town Chicago to the stores. They wanted to buy gifts for their wives or girl friends and for the little children in their
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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 324612
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