Aunt zale and Her Little Brown Satchel

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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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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325605
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Title Aunt zale and Her Little Brown Satchel
Description "Aunt Zale" was my grandmother, born Rosalia Francis Howell on August 7, 1865 in Fairview. She started to work for others when she was 12 years of age, tending children for mothers who were expecting new babies. In this line she became really ex-perienced, and it seemed a natural path that led her, while still very young, into mid-wifery. There were no undertakers or doctors in the area during this period, so the deceased were kept in their homes until the time for burial. When Grandma was just sixteen she helped wash and dress a young mother and her little baby who had died. From that time forth she worked with the ill. She was set apart by the Bishop of the Fairview Ward to help the needy and sick, as were all mid-wives on the pioneer trails. At about fifty years of age she became frail in health, and then she went with doctors only to assist. During the years when my mother was growing up, Grandma was away from her home a great deal, caring for the "poorly." Days at a time she would remain to tend a family who had diphtheria of the flu. She would "put to bed with child" six to eight times a mother in one family without receiving pay. When she was paid, it would be 50cents a day or the equivalent in produce, for barter was still the main source of exchange. Someone would come for her on horseback, often at night, when most babies have a habit of being born. Sometimes it would be in the middle of winter, when her one- horse buggy was impossible to use on the snowy lanes. While she was getting into warm clothing and checking her little brown satchel, Grandpa would have old Prince, her horse, blanketed, saddled, and ready to go. Many times she would have to send back for needed articles, such as sheets, pillow-slips, and pieces of muslin that she had previous-ly sterilized by wrapping them in a paper package tied with twine or string. She then placed these packages in a moderate oven for many hours. Finally,she kept them ready in a drawer of the dry-sink in her kitchen. Sometimes she would send home for nightgowns, towels and baby clothes, very seldom having them returned because of the great need of the family involved. In later years Grandma and Grandpa had the third telephone in Fairview installed. This was a great help, but also kept the family busy delivering messages all over town. -7-
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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 325516
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