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Marzetta Willardson

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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
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6df6pc6

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Title Marzetta Willardson
Description Christensen home that Christmas Eve quelled their doubts and made them whole again, giving strength to their decisions and guidance to help them over the hard, yet satisfying years ahead in "Little Denmark." Everyone shared conversation and a dinner of old country flavor. Boneless salted codfish that had been soaked in cold water, drained and cooked 10-15 minutes and smothered in mustard gravy; roast pork garnished with whole spiced red cinnamon apples and surrounded by potatoes cooked in the pork drippings and brown sugar. There was plenty of their still-famous rice and almond dessert. The guest was lucky who found a whole almond in his serving-the prize was a sugar animal (marzipan). The Mortensens had arrived in Salt Lake City as converts from Denmark and then finished the last part of their, journey to Sanpete. Paul recalled seeing the canyons of Thistle and Spanish Fork from the sooty train windows. Trees and shrubs covered with snow started him thinking again of the previous year and his last Christinas in Denmark. As he had gazed at the early December morning country-side, he was unaware that it would be his last Christmas in his beloved Scandinavia. He looked at the white expanses of snowdrifts and 2,000 acre estate. It was a sight forever etched upon his eye too breathtaking for one last view. His parents and family lived in a small house surrounded by sixteen acres that were theirs to farm and retain the produce while each plied his trade for the estate. That meant their farming was accomplished at odd moments- early or late. Paul had been discharged in 1918 from the Danish army, so this was a special time of year for him. There he had become the battalion shoemaker. His commanding officer was King Christian IX, whose son Frederick became King Frederick the VIII. He apprenticed under a shoemaker named Kaspersen. When he returned home, he worked as a tile-maker for the roofs (tagstem) of the estate buildings. His father was a carpenter who kept twenty to thirty wagons and buggies in constant repair. -54-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 9
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324849
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6df6pc6/324849