The Straw Hat

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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
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325496
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Title The Straw Hat
Description THE STRAW HAT Leo C. Larsen Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647 Senior Citizen Division First Honorable Mention Anecdote The experiences of the early pioneers of Sanpete County often required ingenuity to solve the problems they encountered. Sacrificing some pleasure or commodity was also a familiar experience. My favorite story Grandfather Joseph Frend Burton told me as a boy illustrates both of these principles. Grandpa Burton was a typical red-headed, freckle-faced boy who sunburned easily. To help prevent this, his mother Eliza Cusworth Burton Staker put some fresh long-stemmed straw in a box and pressed it overnight. She then wove and fashioned it into a wide-brimmed straw hat. This may have been a little "floppy," but if it had been decorated with a feather or two and some artificial flowers and some ribbon it would have resembled a 20th century design often worn by "My Fair Lady." But the purpose of Grandpa's hat was to keep him from getting sunburned. This it did very well. Grandpa's responsibility at this time was to herd a small band of sheep out in the open sagebrush pasture. One day he saw two Indians coming his way. He became frightened and wanted to hide. But no place could he see to hide. So he crouched down among his sheep, and then as the Indians came nearer he laid down flat on his stomach, hardly daring to breathe. The Indians passed him by, not noticing him or molesting his sheep. But the sheep became interested in his fresh straw hat and nibbled on it until they had eaten it all up. Source: Story told to author by his Grandfather. -92-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325335
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