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Peddler's Stop

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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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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 Peddler's Stop
Description PEDDLER'S STOP Marjorie Madsen Riley Salt lake City, Dtah Non-Profeasional Divisior Second Place Anecdote Kids of our family looked forward to a fruit peddler's atop like we looked forward to a Fourth of July celebration. It's a wonder, however, that any peddler survived the ordeal of his stop. We ran fast to summon Mamma when we saw a peddler's horse-^xawn wagon pull up at our front gate. The peddler was smart enough to know that the "lady of the house" made the purchases and we were smart enough to know that unless Mamma bought something, we got no free samples. Climbing ¦up onto the hub of a wagon wheel, lifting the canvas side curtains and peering at the crates of berries and the lugs of peaches and pears was really exciting; to have Mamma share with us the fruits she was sampling was even more exciting. The peddler always thumped a big watermelon with a finger before knifing a plug for Mamma to examine--noting flavor. And there was a good deal of looking and feeling going on, for Manmta wanted to make sure the fruit had "stood* the trip from Utah County in good shape. She accepted no bruised or wilted produce, finally the selections were made and Mamma took a crate of this and a lug of that and she sent one of us kids to the house to fetch her coin purse and to get receptacles to hold the purchases. That evening, after Papa finished his faro chores, we delved into thick slices of juicy watermelon. And the following day, Mamma was "up to her ears" bottling fruit in a hot, hot kitchen to store for a cold, cold winter* Source: Personal recollections of the author. -31-
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Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324635
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j67f3x/324635