A Time for Growing Up

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 18
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1986
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title A Time for Growing Up
Description When the first settlers moved to Sterling, they built a recreation hall called the "Bowery," because it had a roof of pine and cedar boughs which were placed on top of larger limbs of aspen and pine. Supporting the roof were eight 10-foot cedar posts, one on each corner of the eight-sided octagonal building. It had a wood floor and a wood frame siding to the height of about four feet. Above the siding were wide windows without glass or screen. Inside, there were hinged, lightweight wall sections which could be swung down to close off the window opening, A wide plank was secured to each of seven sides for a bench or seat. The eighth side had a large double door. Personal interviews in the 1950s point out the uncomfortable chill for spectators on cold night dances. This, even though there were two large, black, round, wood-burning, pot-bellied stoves inside to furnish heat. The Bowery was built before the turn of the century and dances were held there as late as 1912 (Merritt Bradley, History of Sterling, p. 120), Ephraim Dancing has been an important form of recreation since the early settlement of Ephraim. Before radio or television, people depended on their own resources for entertainment and dance halls flourished in every community. Fern Tew remembers her parents, Christopher and Lilly Bosen Larsen, telling that an all-night wedding dance was held for them at the home of a neighbor by the name of Tilby, who lived just north of the Bosen home on the Canyon Road. Another memory special to the Larsens was some years earlier when everyone went outside to see the electric lights come on for the first time in Ephraim- Even though by today's standards, lights, were scattered quite sparsely through the city, it was a beautiful sight to see actually accomplished. . a dream that the people in Ephraim had worked so hard to attain. .124
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 18
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325655
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