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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
Format image/jpeg
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325758
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6n014pd

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Title Dancing in Early Gunnison Valley
Description At a later date another form of dancing became popular with the younger group. My mother liked to tell her daughters about a dance that was very special to her. All the girls wore frilly white aprons over their dresses and each carried a small, fancy bow, carefully stitched to match her apron. During the evening a young man would buy, for a small sum of money, the bow that matched his special girl's apron. When each young man had his bow, a GRAND MARCH took place and then--wonder upon wonders--the company danced a beautiful waltz, signaling the end of the dance,. But that was just the beginning of the fun. Each girl had invited her partner home for a special midnight luncho Mother said that was the night our father asked her to marry him! James Fjeldsted was instrumental in helping another musician to play. William C Mellor, who lived in nearby Fayette, loved music. At first he tried to play on a homemade fiddle, but with very little success. Eventually he was able to send to Philadelphia for a $60 violin. After taking just one lesson from James Fjeldsted, whom he admired, he began playing for dances in Fayette. His fee for playing was usually one dollar, but if the dance lasted throughout the night, he would ask to have the fee doubled.. Admission for those who cane was usually any kind of produce in season, or 25 cents for the more affluent, With little other entertainment available , William's dances brought enjoyment to the settlers at Fayette for many years. James, with his love of music, encouraged his children to study and become musicians. Fred, the oldest son, was Dean of Music at Snow College for several years, while James and Ricky's youngest daughter, Elma, became an accomplished pianist, teaching more than one hundred young people to play the piano. When about sixteen, she began to play with her father at the valley dances. In a history written by'Gilbert Fjeldsted, a nephew, he said, "While I was in the eighth grade, ray Uncle Jim and his daughter, Elma, played for dances in the Centerfield Ward Church building. They let me play cornet with them, so we became a trio with Uncle Jim on the violin, Elma at the piano, and 77
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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 325679
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6n014pd/325679