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History Carved on a Cellar Wall

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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
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Title History Carved on a Cellar Wall
Description HISTORY CABVED OH A CELLAR WILL David tockey Manti, Utah Professional Division First Place Historical Essay As a young boy I remember following my father downstairs to watch him tend the furnace. There was always an aura of mystery enclosed within those cellar walls, something frightening to a young mind. Hy father gracefully clanked iron against iron while stirring the .hot clinkers. But I would quickly tire of the routine, and with a head full of concocted images, closely investigated my surroundings. The dimly lit room offered two routes premising adventure i the coal bin or the fruit room. I usually stayed near the stairway, however, and it was there I discovered marks etched along the wooden door frame. I suspected that ay older siblingB had been their creators, until my father explained that the initials were carved by people who had lived in the house before us. The building of our house was started in the early 1870'a. Eventually its walls were graced by a salmon-red brick, as were several other hones in the surrounding neighborhood. One afternoon, as we sat enjoying one of Mother's fins Sunday dinners. Sad recalled some of the history of our house. His father, Henry Mackey, had told hia how the famed Matt Warner of the Bobbers" Boost gang used to stay with his Christiansen relatives who lived in the house at that tine. Dad's father had grown up in the rock house direotly vast of our present hone, and aa a boy of nearly ten, had a few scrapes with Warner. He was beaten up by the older Warner boy occasionally* Our neighbor, Bay Hoggan, could remember Howard Cox telling about Matt Warner staying around Manti. According to Dad, a Peacock family was responsible for doing the most verk on the house. Finally, the Burns family entered our conversation, and it was they who 1-wirHitniy interested me. I had previously discovered that Mr. Burns and two of hia children were responsible for carving their Initials is our oellar. In 1905, J. Hilton Burns, a native of Ht. Pleasant, was appointed Manti City Marshal. He and his family set up residence at our house. It had a large lot, a good sturdy barn, corrals, and a granary east of the hoaso. Ib 1906, J. M. Burns was elected sheriff of Sanpete -a-
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Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324694
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j67f3x/324694