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The Piano and the Circus

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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 The Piano and the Circus
Description around staring reverently, it seemed, at their treasure- the gleaning piano now standing in their parlor, a tribute to Willard and Bothilda's interest in providing "quality" experiences for their children. Nest came lessons. These, too, had been arranged with Mr. Hasler. One morning every few weeks, on a regular basis, he came to the Frandsen home in the morning-early enough to give the children their lessons before school. Bothilda, too, wanted to learn all she could now that she finally had such a fine musical instrument of her own. It wasn't long until they fell into a regular routine. Mr. Hasler would arrive, teach each of the children in turn, then sit down to one of Bothilda's breakfasts, prepared with great care, using only the best food available. Mr. Hasler, his Swiss accent strong, often told her, "You fix the best food I've ever tasted." And he asked her for "just a haffa cuppa coffee," then proceeded to fill the cup to the brim with the rich, think cream provided by their jersey cow. Bothilda continued to prepare her birds to be sold and delivered. She sewed, knitted, crocheted, and quilted for others to supplement their meager monetary income so the payments on the piano could be made. Willard herded sheep in the winter, spending long, lonely months away from his home. In one letter he wrote: "I went to bed with my eyes full of ashes and my belly full of burnt bread." Bothilda cried herself to sleep that night. In the aunner Willard took his baler around the valley-one year he even, went to Scofield across the mountain in Carbon County-baling hay for others, returning home only long enough to harvest his own small crops, which Bothilda and Edgar cared for in his absence. Then came the year Bothilda and Willard had worried about. It was time for the yearly payment. The hay crop that year had been light and the price of cattle and sheep down. Money was scarce everywhere. Would they be able to make the payment? Would they be able to keep the piano that had come to mean so much to each of them? They thought it over individually. They discussed it together. They worried over it. But no solution was provided. Then one day Bothilda saw Willard, standing on the boardwalk in front of the house, talking with two strangers. Soon he came into the house, smiling broadly. "Well, we can meet the payment on the piano. The Singling Brothers circus is going to be here • ¦ . on our -67-
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324732
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j67f3x/324732