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Dancing Through the Hard Times

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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
ARK ark:/87278/s6n014pd
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 Through the Hard Times
Description fanpue bands of the big band era, but reasoned they never made it £Q the top because they didn't have the right connections. Nevertheless, they were the best of the small-town dance bands. Band members changed from time to time, but some stayed with the original group for as long as it existed. Through the years some of its members were Ken Rasmussen and Cliff Crowther on trumpet, Glade Anderson, Lynn Rasmussen, Gayle Rasmussen and Howard Ivory on saxophone and clarinet. Lydia Guymon and Geraldine Allred played piano, Ivan Rasmussen was on drums. Other members consisted of John Guymon on bass fiddle and Monte Kellett also on saxophone. There may have been others (apologies to any band member not listed) . The Christmas holidays meant seven dance nights in a row, starting with Christmas night and ending on New Year's Eve. The price of admission was 50 cents, a half day's wage when jobs were available. Girls were admitted free, Mother said she remembers ironing all day for her aunt Blanche Johnson or sometimes for Melba Morley just to earn enough money so she could give her brother Gene the money for a dance ticket. Some went as couples, but it was the custom at that time to go as a single and come home from the dance with someone. The big question was always the same, "Who did you go home with last night?" Girls dressed in formals and guys wore suits and ties. My mother boasted owning six formals which she traded with girlfriends so they would always have something new-looking to wear. If there weren't enough boys to go around, girls danced with each other. Nobody thought anything of it. They all had fun. When the mellow sounds of "Goodnight Sweetheart" floated through the night air, everyone knew the dancing had come to an end. Even after the melody ended, couples lingered, swaying back and forth with arms wrapped around each other, not wanting to end the wonderment and the magic of another musical adventure. Dad said he never remembered a dance being cancelled because of the weather. When a howling snowstorm hit, one of the town men hitched his horse to a small wooden box-like snow plow and paths 80
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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 325682
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6n014pd/325682