Tense Moments

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Tense Moments
Description TENSE MOMENTS Vernon F. Larsen 3981 Fruitvale Avenue Oakland, CA 96402 Senior Citizen Division First Place Anecdote Imagine me in 1920, a lone boy of thirteen, perched on a wagon loaded with fifty bushels of loose wheat. The grain had been sold and must be driven to the loading dock at the D. & B. C. railroad in Mt. Pleasant. Daddy would be there unloading another wagon. I had to cross the main railroad tracks. The horses pulled the load over the first rail, but at the second, the wagon stalled. I got off and discovered that the wooden reach connecting the front of the wagon to the rear had broken and was stick solidly in the ground. It was impossible for the wagon to go forward. Suddenly I heard the blood-curdling whistle of an ap-proaching train. Fear gripped me and my heart seemed to stop. Quickly I unhitched the horses. They were frightened and pawed wildly. I calmed them and tied them to a telephone pole. Their lives must be saved even though the wagon would be demolished and the wheat strewn along the tracks. The train's shrill warning blast continued. Just then the station master rushed onto the track frantically waving two signal flags but the train roared on. He backed away and suddenly left the track. I closed my eyes, held my breath, and waited for the crash. Noise from the oncoming train was deafing. I could feel the ground tremble under my feet as the monster came nearer. Suddenly there was a hissing of steam and a screechin of brakes. The huge engine stopped inches from my stalled wagon. Then I saw Daddy galloping his team to my rescue. He drove his empty wagon beside mine and in minutes the load was transferred and my empty wagon was lifted to safety. I breathed a sigh of relief as that freight train thundered on. Source: Personal experience of the author in the 1920's. -89-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
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Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
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