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Prune Packing in Ephriam in the Early 1900's

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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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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 Prune Packing in Ephriam in the Early 1900's
Description PRUNE PACKING IN EMPRAIM IN THE EARLY 1900'S Agnes 0. Anderson 347 South 2nd East Ephraim, UT 84627 Senior Citizen Division Second Place Personal Recollection When I was a young child, I helped my father plant an orchard. We spent many days planting. He dug the holes and placed the tender slips in each hole very carefully so as not to disturb their roots. I would hold each slip while he tamped the dirt aound it and at the same time sight it to see if it was straight with the world. When we were finished there were one thousand prune trees standing in straight rows every way you looked, east, west, north, and south, and diagonally both ways. This orchard was located southeast of Ephraim, Utah, in the foothills of Willow Creek Canyon where father said it would be protected from the frost. The trees then received tender loving care, being watered and cultivated. As they grew larger, they were pruned to keep them from growing too tall so the fruit could be picked when standing on the ground. When the trees started to yield fruit, father picked a pan full and brought them to mother, saying, "Cook them and let us see how they taste. " They were freestones and easily prepared. When we saw the rich red juice oozing from the fruit, seasoned with a little sugar, it was a delight to our eyes as well as our taste buds. We knew they were the real Italian Prunes. After several years when the trees all began to yield, it was September and a busy time in Ephraim. Everyone who wanted employment was hired, by father because he needed pickers, packers, haulers, and carpenters. The pickers were usually young men who were taken to the farm in the morning, and with a bucket or canvas bag tied in front of them picked the fruit and poured it into boxes to be hauled to town. The haulers were men or boys who were fortunate enough to have a team of horses and a wagon. -126-
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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 325429
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45/325429