Dancing in Early Gunnison Valley

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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
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Dancing in Early Gunnison Valley
Description DANCING IN EARLY GUNNISON VALLEY Jenny Lind 11, Brown 2 39 Hampton Avenue Salt Lake City, UT 84111 First Place Historical Essay The following poem was written in memory of James Peter Fjeldsted, my grandfather and one of the earliest musicians of Gunnison Valley. FOR A DANISH BOY Bed down the tired oxen; enjoy your rabbit stew, Watch the shadowed bushes for a skulking Sioux. Slip silently away beneath the stars and rising moon To listen to the fiddlers and their lively campfire tune. Think of the long trek forward--the mountains and the streams. Pray each night for safety, Pray God will answer dreams. James Peter, ray mother's father, left Denmark in 1862 with his father, Lars Peter Fjeldsted, his stepmother, a sister, and two younger brothers; another child died near Albany, New York, and was buried there. James, only twelve, was fascinated by the pioneer fiddlers, who entertained members of the wagon train each evening before bedtime,, He loved their lively tunes, especially when some of the younger folk felt inclined to join with the musicians in their version of an old-fashioned square dance. Some nights, when he was completely worn out, he would snuggle inside his coarse homespun bedding and drift off to sleep dreaming of the day he, too, would own a violin. , In 1870 an early history of Axtell reported that Lars Peter Fjeldsted and his son James herded cattle for the Sevier Valley Co-operative Company along Willow Creek, They took up land, cleared brush, tilled the soil and planted their treasure of precious seeds. No one in the family ever gave me the exact date, but it was about this time that James was able to acquire his first violin; his dream on the plains had come true. 75
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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 325677
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