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In the Golden, Olden Glory

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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
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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 In the Golden, Olden Glory
Description "IN THE GOLDEN, OLDEN GLORY" Dorothy J. Buchanan Richfield, Utah Professional Division First Place Essay As an experience in obsolescence, I recently passed a small object around the room to a group of young married women who were studying Utah history. Not one of the twenty-one women present had the faintest idea of its name or function, even though a few of them ventured a wild guess or two. Then I explained that the small crystal dish with a hole in its silver lid was known as a hair receiver by their- grandmothers in the early part of our century. After the lady had arranged her coiffure she would place the accumulated combings into the hold and push them down into the dish. Very neat! When I was a child and viewed this dish, which always stood on my mother's dresser, I wondered how those combings could possibly be worth saving, but mother told me that switches, or hair pieces and braids, could be made from them, as they perfectly matched the owner's hair. Every dresser set or "toilet set" of those times consisted of a hand mirror, a comb and brush, a powder dish and a hair receiver. It was standard equip-ment. We know that time plays strange tricks on us. Scenes shift as do vocabularies and material possessions. Certain words which have become al- most obsolete or unknown to the present generation still stay in my mind and those of people my age. It would be interesting to make out a list of some of these words and ask their meaning to a group of today's young people. I'm afraid they would not rate very high on the test. Some of the words that come to my mind are single-tree, stove-lifter, damper, sad irons, Magic Yeast, Brigham tea, Sapolio, buttonhook, scythe and sickle, to name a few. Another object that was very popular years ago, especially among the young people, was an autograph album. Nowadays the students have yearbooks handed out during the last few days of school. They scribble messages to their schoolmates, all very casually, but in those days around the turn of the century, an autograph album seemed to be a year around affair and was taken very seriously as something of importance and merit. In my possession, I have a small red album of this type that measures about five by eight inches. It is faded red in color with an embossed cover of scrolls and flowers which surround a river boat scene. The title in large black and gold script is "Chautauqua Autograph Album." Inside on the title page is a name of Bertie Larsen, the owner, written in a neat, round, schoolgirl hand, followed by the words, " A Present from her Papa. June 18, 1895." She was 13 years old and a student in the Mt. Pleasant school. She was my mother. The album is filled with sentiments from friends, a few relatives, and two teachers. The dates cover a period of two years, extending from 1895 to 1897, with one exception. Throughout the autograph pages are pictures of scenes around the popular Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York, a -31-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 7
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325273
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64/325273