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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
ARK ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325605
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf

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Title Aunt zale and Her Little Brown Satchel
Description At one time Grandma tended in the home of a very old couple in which the woman was sick and blind. She called every day and took one of her daughters with her to wash dishes and "tidy" the house. One morning upon her arrival, the lady took Grandma's hand and said, "When you get on the other side, I will be wait-ing for you. Just reach your hand through the doorway, and I will know, and I will be so happy." In her little brown satchel that hung on a hook behind the kitchen door Grandma always kept a pair of scissors, sterile cloths for packs and bandages, string or cord, eye-droppers to give water, milk and sugar to new babies, boric acid for wash-ing babies' eyes, castor oil to be administered to mothers for three days after giving birth, carbolic acid for sterilization, and a starched, white, sterile waist apron that nearly reached the floor. The satchel seemed as much a part of her as her hands and eventually became as wrinkled. In her head she carried formulas for scores of homemade remedies. For diaper rash: brown flour in oven; a mustard plaster for deep-seated colds as follows: 1 tbsp. dry mustard, 4 tbsp. flour, mix with water to form paste, place or spread on clean cloth, then on person's chest, and cover with piece of wool flannel. There was catnip, dried, from the garden to steep for tea for babies with colic. "Uncle Salve" for sprains, sore muscles, etc., was a mixture of mutton tallow, beeswax and tur-pentine. Poultices for drawing out infections were made of bread and milk, the skin from the inside of an eggshell, and sticky pine gum or pine sap. For swollen neck glands she used thinly sliced onion, mix with lard, and steeped on back of the stove. She made a pack in a strip of flannel to wrap around the neck and pinned. Every home must have a camphor bottle, she thought, to help induce sleep. Alcohol from the town saloon with camphor-gum, cut up and dissolved in it, came from the druggist. Onion syrup was for coughs: cut up the onion in small pan, fill with honey, add a lid, set on back of stove to steep overnight or place over top of steaming teakettle. And of course one must have lots of boiling water to get everything clean and sterile, and not just to have something to keep the husbands busy. There is one home-remedy she gave my mother along with recipes for dumplings, red-mush, and sweet-soup for which I have never really forgiven her. Did you every have to take a "rounded teaspoon of sugar dampened with coal-oil?" Well, I did, and I -8-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325517
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf/325517