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
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325315
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Title That Time of the Year
Description If the year had been a good year, and if the kitchen linoleum were worn to where big brown patches showed, or if there were torn and ragged places, it was replaced. All this was before the day of long-wearing inlaid linoleum or fancy tile. Cook stove chimney pipes were taken down and carried to the back yard for cleaning. Hot water reservoirs were emptied and wiped out and soot was removed from a box underneath the over with a special, long handled metal scraper. Finally, the stove received a good going-over with stove black. Front room heaters were taken down and stored in some convenient place for the sunmer. To perfect the housecleaning project, pictures were taken down from the walls, glass portions washed, and wide, ornate frames regilded to red liquid, labeled "O'Cedar Polish." Windows were cleaned with "Bon-Ami" and kids had a ball, streaking pictures on chalk-covered panes with their fingers. Lece curtains were washed, starched, and then stretched on borrowed curtain stretchers. Wardrobes were cleared, and clothes were hung on clothes lines for airing and moth proofing. Dishes, everyday ware and fancy, were washed and put back into cupboards in the very same places, and silverware was gone over with "Dutch Cleanser." Beds were difficult to move, and usually, men-folk had to help take them down and carry them outside. There the bedsteads were scrubbed and disinfected with turpentine, just in case there should be a bedbug. A housewife's reputation was definitely damaged should a bedbug ever be found nestled in a corner of the wooden frame. Straw ticks were emptied and refilled with fresh straw; feather beds were shaken and fluffed up before being put back on the bed springs. Blankets, hand-made quilts and bed spreads were washed and aired as needed. How well everyone must have slept in beds that rated all such maneuvering . Coal oil lamps were refilled, after smoke was cleaned from the glass chimneys with wads of newspaper, that is. Hanging lamps required more time, patience,and care when they were washed, for the hand painted china shades and the crystal prisms could easily be broken. Fancy dishes, vases, orna- ments and such, displayed on tops of dressers, pianos and sideboards, had to be handled carefully, too, as they were dusted and cleaned. Spring house cleaning served more than one purpose. For instance, it gave housewives the incentive to repair a broken chair rung, to mend a torn sofa cushion or to replace a window blind that no longer rolled up and down properly. And, it gave them a chance to throw out a teacuo minus a handle or to get rid of a graniteware kettle with a hole in the bottom, a hole pluged with a small, patented metal disc. How come, I wondered as a child, how come, that the very next Saturday following spriny house cleaning windup, I had to sweep the carpet, mop the kitchen floor, and dust all the furniture? Source: Personal recollections of the author. -7-
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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 325293
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