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That Time of the Year

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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 That Time of the Year
Description THAT TIME OF THE YEAR Marjorie M. Riley Salt Lake City, Utah Non-Professional Division Second Place Essay Annual spring house cleaning time was really something; something to behold,and something to remember: Whether or not the house needed clean-ing was of little matter, it had to be done anyhow. Each room of the house was cleaned separately and thoroughly, and in order to do this, curtains were taken down, carpets were taken up, and every stich of furniture was taken out. Housewives, who wore dust caps to protect their hair, armed themselves with brooms, palls, ladders,and all such stuff and went to work, at times enlisting the help of husbands and kids. Walls and ceilings of a room were dusted lightly with a lone-handled broom, over which a towel had been thrown, to get cobwebs down that had collected during the winter months. But if the walls and ceilings were grimy from coal smoke, they were qiven fresh coats of calsomine or white-wash. Colors of the cold-water paint were changed from year to year to make rooms look different. The smell of fresh calsonline was invigorating, but it sort of took one's breath away. Carpets were cleaned in vanous and ingenious ways, Carpet tacks were removed from around the edges of a hand-loomed carpet with a little tool called a tack puller. The carpet was dragged outside where folks stationed at the four corners preceded to give it a good healthy shaking, then turned it over and shook it violently again. Sometimes the carpet was placed over a clothes line and beaten with brooms or big sticks to get the dust out. In the meantime, piles of straw and dust were swept up and the wooden floor was gone over with a wet mop. Fresh straw was laid on the floor prior to the carpet's being put down again, clean side up, of course. Only adults knew how to use a carpet stretcher, how to push the foot board to stretch the carpet properly without tearing it. Once in place, the carpet was tacked down again at the mop boards. The fun of bouncing up and down on the fresh straw and running from one end of the room to the other was more exciting than anyone can imagine. I know, for I was there . . . The time came when front rooms and parlors were covered with nine by nine or twelve by twelve,store-bought, flower designed, plush ruqs. The common cleaning procedure for such a rug was to take it to the front lawn and then have two or three kids drag it back and forth, right side up and then right side down. Contact with the grass forced most of the accumulated dust to escape. Every few years imitation hardwood linoleum, which border-ed the rug, was replaced. Dust particles filled the room and covered the furniture when a rug was swept with a regular straw broom, before the advent of carpet sweepers and vacuum cleaners. It was found that by shaking drops of water here and there on the rug, from a broom dipped in a wash basin of cold water, a good deal of the dust could be eliminated when the room was swept. So the pro- cedure became common practice. -6-
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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 325292
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64/325292