The County Block - Now Manti Memorail Park

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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
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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
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Title The County Block - Now Manti Memorail Park
Description In the spring the bees could be heard humming for a great distance, and I believe there were more birds in County Block than in all of Manti. The air was alive with bird calls; the trees filled with nests. Summer brought people from all the towns in the county. The bandstand in the center of the park not only seated the band but served as a stage for plays and pageants. Here on the Foruth of July, the Twenty-fourth of July, and other im- portant occasions, the parades came to an end. The queens and their attendants, climbed from perches on the wagon floats to seats in the band stand. Miss America, Miss Utah, Miss Manti, Peace, Columbia, Uncle Sam and soldiers from World War I were among the royalty. Not far from the grand stand were three large sandpiles where the youngsters could amuse themselves making sand castles. The autumn season brought ripened apples and falling leaves. In places the leaves piled as deep as winter snows. The cottonwoods were then ready to shed their seed pods. Bolls of cotton fell in quantities, breaking open as they hit the ground. The white cotton was blown into streets and roads for blocks around. Autumn was also gathering time for the walnuts. There seemed to be no end to the supply. People came to fill their gunnny sacks with nuts for winter storage. Squirrels also reaped the harvest. A neighbor tells of finding a bushel or more nuts stored in her attic. The squirrel had run up a tree near the house and found an open-ing. Other people came to the block. Roving bands of gypsies sometimes obtained permission to make camp in this shady enclosure. They came in gay costumes, set up for-tune -telling booths, and prepared to trade horses with the natives. They entertained with song and dance. Indians came also and set up housekeeping for a time. This was their headquarters as they went from door to door asking for food and clothing. Most of the squaws carried large cloth bags into which the housewives dumped sifters full of flour. When the grass grew tall in County Block the County Commissioner, Selectmen as they were then called, would drive sheep or cattle into the Block to feed. In this manner he received pay for supervising the grounds. There were no -97-
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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 324870
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