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Women Ancestors at Work

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 24
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1992
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s64x55x4
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325222
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s64x55x4

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Title Women Ancestors at Work
Description said anything in front of the men, Appleton let Elmeda know he couldn't have done anything without her support. Grandma Vilate often laughed as she told us the story of her grandmother Elmeda when she was cooking for for food. They had probably smelled the biscuits she had just baked and put on the table. She was scared because they were so demanding, but she just stood with her back to the table, spreading out her apron to help cover the biscuits, all the time shaking her head and saying, "No, no, no!" Finally the Indians left. Later, when she told some folks what had happened, they said, "Oh, my goodness, you could have been killed!" Her grandma had said patiently, "I might as well have been killed as to have had no bread for the men's dinner." She had worked hard all of her ninety-four years, even after her husband had left her. She told how she would wrap the men's feet in burlap in the winter when they were logging so they wouldn't freeze while they cut the mill to be ready for the saw in the summer time. Raising crops, making clothes, birthing twelve children were all taken in stride and also with a pride because she knew she was a very necessary part of the family and felt fulfillment in being needed, just as Grandma's lesson had stated about the nature of unselfish wonien. Then my Grandma Vilate recalled her sister, Katie Belle, who had married Bernard's cousin, David Parry. David died six months after their last child was born. She had kept right on taking care of the Salt Lake apartment house they owned and lived in with their five after her husband, Dick Daley, Manti's "Candy Man," had died. They had both kept right on going their usual helpful, business-like ways as widows. When their mother, my great-grandmother Martha Elizabeth Spillsbury, also a business-like woman, needed help managing the Eagle Hotel in Manti, Katie Belle was the one to do so for four years, leaving to go back to Salt Lake in 1924 when their mother had sold the hotel after running it for quite a 103
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 24
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325220
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s64x55x4/325220