My Most Unforgettable Character

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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
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Title My Most Unforgettable Character
Description little girl like me, Usually the room was closed up tight, reserved for times when they had special company, or for occasions when folks were in town for a funeral. I was ever so excited when I waa invited into the parlor to listen to their player piano. Brother Vest sat down at the handsome instrument, proceeded to insert a music roll into place and adjust a couple of buttons. Next, he pumped the lower pedals to bring out the sound, loud or soft, fast or slow. My favorite records, as I remember them, were: "Come Be My Rainbow" and "Listen to the Mockingbird." The Intimacy of the Vests' home was far reaching and, even though Sister Vest was much older than Mamma, the two were the dearest of friends. They saw each other every day, visiting, consulting about making soap or drying fruit, exchanging recipes, inquiring regarding each other's state of health, or maybe just "passing the time of day." I'm sure a lot of town news changed hands during their daily get-togethers. The two women always exchanged birthday gifts, and I remember a set of six dinner plates, white with gold trim, which Sister West gave Mamma-. She comforted Mamma when Papa died in 1929, just as Mamma had offered comfort to her when Brother West died in 1921. The Wests' family was quite encompassing, above and beyond their own family of five children, and it varied in size from time to tine. To begin with, there was Grandma Hayward, Sister West's mother, who lived with them for several years. Grandma Hayward had a special church assign- taent which she considered rewarding and satisfying* She baked and provided the bread used in sacrament meeting Occasionally, "roomers" occupied space in the Wests' home. A Mr. Sandstrom, who contracted the building of the Uorth Sanpete High School, once had a room there, as an amateur photographer, he took a picture of my sister and me posed in front of the West's house, and one of ny brother dressed up in a new knickerbacker suit and looking like he had just stepped from a band box. The Wests had lots of company, especially when Spring City or Chester relatives came to Mount Pleasant for Quarterly Conference or for shopping. "Auntie Allen," Brother West's stepmother, and mother of Dr. Samuel H. Allen, prominent early day physician, lived in the "little house" to the west for a while, a house Just as neat and well-kept as the big house. It could tell some interesting stories, I'm sure, with the number of folks who lived there at later dates. Some
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