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The Witchery of Words

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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 The Witchery of Words
Description to swim in that pond. Two worn, moasy boats were tied up near the shore line for the purpose of fishing for Hainbow trout. I remember our class going there for a glorious outing on the laat day of school. We journeyed down Shady lane, west of town, amidst a combination of odors-wild roses, intermingled with fresh meadow grass, shiny new green willows that flourished along the stream, plus the usual dust of the road which we did not seera to mind. We sat on the back of a lumbering hay rack and dangled our legs, completely oblivious to the woes of the world. Leaving place names, I'd like to mention just three people's names that stir me and are written indelibly in nay memory book. Some names are strikingly euphonious, which thought brings to my mind the names of two men-Caratat and Conderset. I have often wondered where their parents found those unusual namee. Caratat Eowe, a member of the Mormon Battalion, settled in Ht. Pleasant in or before 1861. He later moved to Mountainville. Conderset was his son. 'These men were true pioneers who blazed trails, grubbed brush, fought Indiana, lived ingeniously, and literally chopped and dug their way to a stable form of living. They were often in the company of Peter Gottfredson, a young man who was not afraid to involve himself in the struggle for survival that was necessary in those days of beginnings. He took everything in his stride and many of his experiences Beeraed stranger than fiction. I think moat of us are familiar with Peter Gottfredson'e book that he edited and compiled, entitled Indian Depre-i^fitionp "* n Ut*^^ t It is a priceless gift to im ¦ it relates incidents and information that existed in the early years of settlement, largely from first-hand experience or primary sources. Many people had the experiences, but so few of them wrote them down or kept any kind of records. In his introduction to Depredations. Peter Gottfredson said: "I had a companion by the name of Conderset Eowe who could talk the TntHa^ language nearly as well as the Indians themselves. It seemed that he enjoyed the companionship of the Indians as much as he did the whites, which drew me into their company more than I otherwise would have done." Because he was a Black Hawk Indian War veteran, Peter Gottfredson was able to spend time in the Soldiers' Hobo in Sawtelle, California. While there, he decided to write his autobiography for his family. This included a valuable account of hie pioneer experiences while living in Sanpete and Sevier Counties, iaazingly, he typed his manuscript laboriously on half sheets of type paper and bound it into -7-
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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/324749