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A Storm on the Mountain

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
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 324751
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j67f3x

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Title A Storm on the Mountain
Description A STOHM OH THE MOUNTAIN Eleanor P, Madsen Ephraim, Utah Professional Division Honorable Mention Anecdote Early fall snow storms are not uncommon in Sanpete Valley. They often come unexpectedly, creating unforeseen problems for farmers and livestock men in the area. In the fall of 1906 an early, devastating storm occurred, vith the following incident taking place, as related to family members of Mouritz C. Peterson. On 3 well-remembered day in early October, Mouritz was tending sheep in a place known as "Little Horseshoe" on the range of mountains above Fairview, Utah. The sky was overcast. Suddenly, huge flakes of snow began to fall. Mouritz' blue denim jacket was soon wet from the storm as he made his was over the low hills to make sure his flocks weren't straying, then sought the comfort of the camp wagon. Later in the day, his companion herder, who had been Mouritz was glad for his company as the snow kept falling through the night. By morning, men and Bheep were trapped in three feet of heavy snow. The aheep were discernible only by the vapor that rose from their bodies as the cold snow flakes lighted on the warm wool. Food must be provided for the sheep, so for three daya Mouritz and his companion cut down aspen trees. The herd chewed hungrily on the leaves and the bark until there was little left of the meager fare. When the snow had settled, the men mounted their horses and started breaking trail down the mountain. The sheep were anxious to follow and follow they did, two thousand head, going single file down the winding road. When they reached the bottom, the sheep were so hungry, they scattered up and down every street in Fairview, eating every green thing they could find. Source: Personal Recollection of Mouritz C. Peterson as told to David L, Peterson, his son. -1-
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Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j67f3x/324631