Goose Down

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 09
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1977
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6df6pc6
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324900
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Title Goose Down
Description GOOSE DOWN Ireta T. Stevens Salt Lake City, Utah Non-Professional Division Second Place Tie Anecdote Farm life in the early 1900's had ups and downs. The following incident is about down--goose down to be specific. These poor geese lived on a farm three miles west of Manti. Mr. T.: Where did you get all those jars filled with rasp-berries? Surely no one would part with that fine fruit. Mrs. T.: Your sister gave it to me. The fruit looks nice, but is spoiled. She said that I could empty the jars and use them later if I would clear them from her cellar. So I loaded them into the buggy and brought them home. Mr. T.: Empty them into those large buckets south of the shed. I'll dig a hole and bury them when I return from work. I was a child then, but I remember helping Mrs. T. empty the jars. When Mr. T. returned he was very excited. All about the yard were dead geese. All of them had been wiped out. The buckets were empty and the stomachs of the geese were puffy and gassy. Mr. T. said something about digging a hole and burying the geese in the morning. Mrs. T.: This makes me very upset. I was counting on roast goose for our Sunday dinners. I was also planning to make down-filled pillows. But why not? Why not strip them of their feathers before we bury them? I helped Mr. T. gather up the dead geese. We piled them into wheelbarrows, their bodies still warm. I could have cried. I was fond of those geese. I loved to watch them play follow-the-leader about the farm as they searched for food. After dinner Mr. T. brought the wheelbarrows near the kitchen door. I watched intently as the geese were stripped -2-
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Identifier 012_Goose Down.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 9
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324757
Reference URL