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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
Format image/jpeg
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 fence, he was there to help me through and carrying me, swam back to the railroad grade. He dressed, and we went down to the trestle. There the muddy water was splashing over the tracks, and Dad said that we would have to wait because the "whole thing" might give way any moment. We sat on the tracks, and I lay on him and was soon asleep. By now the storm had rumbled off toward Fairview, but the lightning was almost continuous over that way. After a while we saw two more lanterns coming up the grade. They came to the east side of the flood and stopped. We could tell that it was Uncle Andrew and Mal Sorensen, who worked with him. Dad held me up in the lantern light so they could see me, and we could tell that they cheered. After another two hours the water was no longer splashing over the trestle, so Dad decided, "If you brace your feet against the downside rail and hold to me I think we can make it." After much careful progress we were on the downgrade side, and Uncle Andrew had me in his arms. He didn't seem to mind the mud I was getting onto him. We reached the water tower, unhitched Nelly and drove home, with the other two men going their way. When we reached home several lanterns were shining in the house and by the gate. The word was passed along that I was safe, and the many neighbors waiting with Mother came to greet me. Mother had quite bravely stood the tensions until she saw me; then she cried. Several were telling me they thought I was brave, but Old Tom, whose language Mother disliked said, "Kid, they are telling you that you are a hero, but I think you were just a damn fool." Mother heard, and Tom left. Soon people were going home, and Mother had me in the wash-tub soaking the mud from me. I went right to sleep in the tub,and they had to carry me to bed. Next morning my pals were there early to see me, but Mother would not let them come in until I had finished my sleep. After that I went out to them. Two of the neighbor girls were there just out the door to tell me they were glad -83-
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Identifier 093_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 325600
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6rr1wdf/325600