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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
Format application/pdf
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
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Title Gobblefield
Description forks of the State Highway at Pigeon Hollow, and whereby about 40 percent of the cultivated land adjacent to Ephraim is irrigated. "Gobblefield". That name does not appear until about 1882 in Ephraim history. The name has no connection whatsoever to the turkey busi-ness, nor is it as one person replied when asked: "Because of the way the land gobbles up water where water is applied to the land." The slow intake of water is an outstanding chara-cteristic of the area. The soil is a very fine clay, almost like a rock when dry. When wet, it is so sticky one almost gets stuck just looking at it. The name refers to the rate of settlement. At a Sunday afternoon meeting in the Ephraim North Ward, about 1882, Bishop Anderson announced (in substance): "Next Tuesday anyone who is interested in obtaining additional acres of irrigated farm land in the vicinity of the graveyard can get the land he wants (provided it is not already claimed) by plowing a furrow around it, must furnish irrigation water for it, and help build a ditch for said water from the Ephraim Creek to the land." Before Tuesday evening every available acre from the culti-vated fields near Ephraim to the Sand Ridge had been claimed. Ever since that Tuesday, this area has been called "Gobblefield" and the ditch built to bring the water to the area has been known as "The Gobblefield Ditch". My mother and Joseph F. Bagnall of Chester said: "On one of Brigham Young's last trips to Sanpete he prophesied, or pre-dicted, that: "All the land on both sides of the County Road between Chester and Ephraim will be farmed in the not too dis-tant future." There are those who claim Gobblefield fulfills that pre-diction. -58-
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Identifier 068_Gobblefield.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325524
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