Twenty Fourth of July

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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 Twenty Fourth of July
Description The park where the old fort stood alive after the program. Here many brought picnic lunches, and a pleasant hour was spent visiting. Finally, the Bishop came with a bag of coins, and the time had come for the races. What fun! Foot races, sack races, tugs of war, and climbing the greased pole! A young pig was greased and turned loose for anyone who cared to chase him. The one who caught and held on to him earned the pig. The park became a ball ground for the men while the women and children retired to the social hall for a children's dance. Later in the evening, after the chores were done and the children put to bed, the married folks went to the social hall, where they danced and ate till the wee hours of the morning. Occasionally, the twenty-fourth was celebrated in the mountains. This was a day long to be remembered. After the flag-raising and gun powder was set off in Willson's Black-smith Shop, the wagons started to roll toward the mountains to Derfee's Meadows. There, on this beautiful smooth meadow the wagons formed a circle similar to the pioneers' as they crossed the plains. After the horses were taken into the trees, fed, and taken care of, fires were started in the hold prepared for Dutch ovens. The mothers were well prepared with spring chickens, young carrots, green peas and new potatoes, which were soon stewing under the watchful care of the men-folk. Sourdough biscuits were baked, and the picnic was ready. Gooseberry and rubarb pies were in abundance. Many preferred another scone dripping with fresh butter and honey. Good food with fresh mountain air made enormous appetites. Balls and nipkats made their appearance in the circle made by the wagons. Horseshoe games challenged the men. A fiddle played and some danced on the rough terrain. When the ladies got tired of sitting on the wagon tongues, they took hikes through the beautiful forest. They gathered wild flowers and berries. Reference was made that on just such a celebration Brigham Young was informed of Johnson's Army approaching. All too soon the sun was sinking, the daylight turning to twilight. Wagons started the long drive back to town. No headlights were needed as the faithful teams followed the rock road home. After chores, the dance hall was filled, and the tired people danced till morning. -76-
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Identifier 086_Twenty Fourth of July.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 325604
Reference URL