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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
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324900
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Title Reveries
Description contract the disease, although many on the burial detail did... and died. Stories of the Blackhawk War and Father's adventures crossing the great plains, were highlights in my world of fact and imagination, and I often pictured myself with trusty rifle guarding a slowly-moving wagon train. My fascination for adventure stories was highlighted when Father hired Mike, an Irish migrant fram-hand, who claimed to have seen service in the Boer War. Many evenings I sat wide-eyed as he and Father recounted some of their experiences, until Mother would inevitably force me to my bed. Mike talked a great deal about the beauty of Ireland, its fighting men and beautiful women, while I waited pa-tiently for him to get on the more interesting subject, the Boer War. "'E came at me with saber flashin'" was one of his more interesting stories, "an' when I ducked meself down, hanged if 'e didn't slice off the crown of me hat!" I know now that Father would have enjoyed just talking about the old country, as he called England. Mike brought some of the golden past into clear perspective, and remem-bering the expression which would sometime come to Father's face... I didn't recognize it at the time... I know that the love for his birthplace was rekindled with some of the stories Mike told. Father was a civil engineer and did much railroad work after coming to Utah, and as his stories of rail roading combined nicely with my love of adventure and the great iron horse, my listening pleasures were varied. I felt very proud...and attempted to act brave...when Father would take me by the hand and we would visit the nomad Indians when they would make camp near the large tithing barns across the street from my home. Sometimes Father would recognize Indians from the war days, and some of them would remember Father as "Big man with boom boom." Father beat the bass drum after a lip condition forced him to dis-continue all wind instruments. I recall one statuesque -82-
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Identifier 092_Reveries.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 9
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324855
Reference URL