A Saturday Remembered

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 08
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1976
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
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Title A Saturday Remembered
Description Outside, the fire in a small pit between four stones was then lighted and a large #3 tub, black on the outside from usage, was placed over the fire and filled with water. While this was being done, the mother was cutting up the home-made soap into fine pieces which was then dissolved in hot water in a pan on the back of the stove. Soon the washing could begin. The washer was filled with hot water from the stove, the boiler being refilled and heated again as needed. The soap was added and the first pile of white clothes began its route to cleanliness. Now the younger children began their task of push, pull, push, pull on the washer handle, making up songs and counting the push pulls as they worked, each one taking a turn. After this process, the clothes were then put into the outside tub, which was full of hot, soapy water, each batch being boiled for fifteen or twenty minutes. An old broom handle was used to lift the clothes out of the boiling water and transfer them into a tub of cool water for rinsing. From the rinsing tub the clothes were rung through a wringer, turned by hand into a tub of water to which blueing had been added. Blueing came in little balls and five or six balls were tied in a white piece of cloth and swished back and forth in the tub of water until the desired color was reached. This helped keep the clothes white if too much blueing weren't used. After the blueing stage, the clothes were again rung back through the wringer and then hung on the long clothes lines to dry. There were many piles of clothes for a family of nine. The colored clothes weren't boiled. The stockings, overalls and heavy men's shirts were hung on the garden fence and every towel, piece of underwear and stocking was counted after being hung. Each was counted again after they were dry and gathered into the house. Winter presented problems for the wash day as all the wash-ing and rinsing tubs had to be set up in the kitchen and clothes brought back and forth from the boiling tub to the house. It was difficult to dry the clothes also. Clothes horses, towel racks, chair backs were all brought into use. The little girls thought it was great fun to have a "house under the clothes horses. -42-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 325512
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