That Memorable Day

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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 That Memorable Day
Description The wick was made of tough felt material about a quarter of an inch thick and six inches long. !One end of the wick was inserted into the wick /¦' . holder and could be adjusted with a turn screw on the side of the holder to raise or lower it, '"- ¦ This end of the wick had to be trimmed carefully and adjusted just right; otherwise, the flame would not burn evenly. The other end was lowered ,: .-, into the bowl of kerosene at the base of the lamp. ;' ¦_. : I A glass chimney was placed at the top of the wick ¦. : I holder and held firmly with four prongs. ( A great deal of effort was needed to keep the lamps in good working condition. Each Saturday ¦ was "lamp cleaning day." Chimneys were soaked I and polished, wicks replaced or trimmed, and the | bowl refilled with kerosene. This task could I have been done anytime during the week, but I . ' . I remember it as a Saturday chore. I We felt the lamps were convenient. They could I be moved from one room to another, or from one I location to another. By thus moving them, we could " see clearly in any part of the room. At the time, lamps seemed adequate; but now with electricity, life had taken on a bright new dimension. Outside we used three lanterns. One was placed on a hook inside the bam, one was on a pole to light the yard, and the third we carried wherever we went. When we milked the cows after dark, it was comforting to have the faithful lantern positioned above the central manger. Daddy warned us about the danger of starting another fire like Chicago had suffered, J Things were different now-no more reaching \ for matches to light the lamp in the morning--no '" more moving the lamp from one part of the room to ... . d another-no more dark corners and no more weekend I cleaning and adjusting. This change was a big event in our lives--HOW WONDERFUL! We kept the kerosene lamps just in case something went wrong. We continued to use our lanterns in the barn and corral. We thought the town dairymen extravagant to have electric lights right in their bams. It seemed luxury enough to have electric lights in our very own house. 42 " .•¦¦
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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 325723
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