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The Night I Almost Drowned

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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 The Night I Almost Drowned
Description him back, but he rode his horse right out into that storm, and within a few minutes that whole pasture was covered with flood waters. The lightning was horrible. I don't see how he could be alive through it all." Dodging the debris that filled the street, Mother went to Rome's home to see what he knew. All he knew was that I rode into the pasture to find Lanky, and he brought the cows home. Mother went across the street to the old family friend, Lars, and told him to go find my dad and tell him about my being lost. Dad was on duty as the city marshall and was with a group watching a barn burn. The people around had removed the animals from the barn and corral and had moved away machinery, but the barn had been hit by lightning and was soon too much of an inferno for anyone to get near. Lars told my dad the message. Dad ran for home as fast as he could come. He told Mother, "If he made it to the knoll, he will be safe. I am going to hitch Nelly to the buggy and go to the water tower by the station; then I will walk up the railroad grade and see if I can find him." Darkness was already growing rapidly, so Dad took the kerosene Iantern. Although it was summer, I was so drenched that I shivered, and I was so worried for fear of what would happen to Lanky's calf. A while after darkness I saw three lanterns over by the pasture gate, but they went away. Then I saw a light which I presumed was coming up the tracks. It came quite rapidly until it was about 400 yards away; then it stopped, but after a while it proceeded very slowly, then came on again. I began to shout, but the roar of the water at the trestle was so loud that I knew nobody heard. Then the lantern was near, and I came as close to the fence and the barrow pit as I could. I could see that it was Dad. He was soon across from me, but the water between us was deep. He told me to take the bridle from Lyd and to wade out to the fence,and he would come and get me. He undressed and piled his soaked clothes on the track. Then, as I reached the -82-
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Identifier 092_The Night I Almost Drowned.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325599
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf/325599