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Fountain Green The Richest Little Town in Sanpete County

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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
ARK ark:/87278/s6wh2n45
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325496
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45

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Title Fountain Green The Richest Little Town in Sanpete County
Description FOUNTAIN GREEN THE RICHEST LITTLE TOWN IN SANPETE COUNTY. Merdith O. Coleman Box 327 Ephraim, UT 84627 Non-Professional Division Third Place Historical Essay April, 1920, I was born in Fountain Green, Utah, to Lorenzo and Loie Longson. I was the youngest of seven child-ren. In 1922 my mother was stricken with the flu while she was pregnant; the baby, a boy, was born while she was sick, causing her to die. My baby brother died one month later. My father's sister came here to help him get his life organ-ized and talked Dad into- putting me out for adoption. He no sooner signed all papers and let me go and he was sorry he had done so. Aunt Cliff tried to talk him into putting the rest of the children out for adoption also, and he refused. They got into a bitter argument, and Aunt Cliff went back home to Chicago. They never spoke to each other again. My new parents were John W. and Mattie M. Yorgason. I was very happy in my new home. My father and I had things in common: we liked to play records and sing to them. My father also had an accordian that he played by ear. He would play his accordian and we would sing together. My father was born halfway between Fountain Green and Moroni, and he was a direct descendant of James Yorgason, who was one of the first bishops of Sanpete County. Some of my earliest memories are of my father telling of when he was a boy in Sanpete County, how he herded cows all day barefooted, then bring them home to be milked at night. I loved to sit on his knee and listen. When I was a small girl, I can remember the children's dance in the town dance hall, which was located next to and adjoining the show house. The dance hall in recent years was the General Store, run by Mr. Rasmussen before he passed away. The Post Office was then around the corner where the barber shop is now. The General Merchantile Store was located between the post office and Our Place Cafe. The store was about 25 feet by 100 to 150 feet long. In this store Mr. Ras- mussen sold then what we would shop in three or four stores for today. As you enter the store, on each side was a counter and across the back was the meat counter. Across the center of the store were large tables. Between the counters and -39-
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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 325371
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45/325371