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Crazy Patch

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 07
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1975
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6154f64
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325315
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64

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Title Crazy Patch
Description oddly-shaped ores that couldn't be cut to a pattern, fitting them as best they could be turned and adjusted. The result was known as "Crazy Patch". In spite of no set pattern, the effect was often pretty and always interest- ing. Hence, these little conglomerates of mine are taken out of the piece sack of memories. Small pieces of cloth were gathered over the last hundred years for a Crazy Patch, put together without pattern, texture, color or design. Some pieces are tragic, some are humorous, all are true, and hope- fully, all are interesting. They are stitched together with the thread of time and the needle of love. Ri was five years old. Her family had recently come to Sterling, but they felt at home. Aunt Maria lived there, and her daughter Inez, several years older than Ri, took her under her wing, playing with her and taking her every place she went. One day, Inez, along with another girl her age, came to take Ri wild-flower picking. Ri's mother had washed her bonnet that morning, and it was dry, but not ironed. Ri couldn't go without her bonnet; she had learned better by sad experience. One day when she took her bonnet off while out at play, her mother had sewed her bonnet to her hair. After all, hadn't Brigham Young told the mothers of Zion in Dixie to keep tneir children's heads covered to shield them from the hot sun? And Ri's folks were from Dixie. Ri's bonnet was a slat bonnet-the kind where slats were sewed between the two thicknessess of the bonnet, and small, flat smooth sticks were inserted to hold the bonnet stiff. Ri's mother wasn't home. Inez couldn't find the slats, so she put case knives in the slats to keep the bonnet off Ri's face, and they went on their way. Then there was that day when Ri had gone with Inez and friends for a swim in the creek. When they started home, they noticed a big smoke. The nearer they got to town the bigger the fire looked. Then came Inez's brother, runninn and crying, "Ma and the baby are in the grainery, and it is burning." Aunt Maria draped her own body over her baby, trying to shield him from the fire. They found her so in the charred remains. What a somber piece indeed to sew in. The date on the stone in the Manti Cemetary gives the day 4 July, 1879. These stories were told to me by my mother, Mary Maria Terry Hurst, who, until she was grown went by the name of Ri, taken from Maria. MariaTerry Funk and her baby's deaths are common knowledge in early Sterling history also. The Fairview Co-op was started prior to 1875. It was sometimes called the United Order. In 1880, the Co-op building was erected. It was 55 x 32 feet outside, 22 feet high from lower floor to the square, two stories high, sale room 30 x 20 inside, nicely painted and finished. It was built of rock with a stone front. -57-
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Identifier 066_Crazy Patch.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 7
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325257
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64/325257