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The Armory Hall as I Remember It

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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 The Armory Hall as I Remember It
Description He could kick the highest, whirl the fastest and step-dance the liveliest of anyone. At times, the dancers would move back and give Hyrum plenty of room to do his special brand of entertainment, Strictly solo. His eyes would shine and his feet would fly. He never failed to receive several rounds of applause. He reminded me of a peppy "Uncle Sam" with his sparse chin beard and wiry frame. At those dances, people would bring a great amount of luscious food and set it on side tables--rows of pies and cakes, piles of cookies and doughnuts, Danish beer, bowls of sweet soup. Eve ry th in g t emp t in g, By far, the most important person in the dance hall was Will (Willie) Hansen, the manager. He was Bent R. Hansen's brother, Affable and charismatic, yet he was alert to the business of the evening, and nothing escaped his observation. He usually stood at the door and greeted everyone™ On occasion, he would announce the dances--"Take your partner for a waltz," or "The next dance will be ladies' choice." Then again--"There will be three more dances." He stopped the music in the middle of the dance and scattered shaved wax on the floor, pushing it forward with a long handled wide mop. This repolished the floor and made the dancing more enjoyable. He also opened or closed the high windows with a long wooden rod to ensure good ventilation. After Will announced the last dance, the original partners scrambled to find each other for a last swing around the hall. Usually the tune was "It's Three O'clock in the Homing," but occasionally, if the hour was late and the orchestra members were a bit weary, they'd rush through "Home Sweet Home," We would scatter in all directions* In the winter season, we would usually walk over toward Main Street, A small red light was drew nearer, we could see Fred Averett holding his large copper warmer filled with hot tamales wrapped in com husks. He made the most tantalizin' tamales it has been my good fortune to eat, Ue'd buy the tamales for a quarter apiece and stand in a small 105
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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 325727
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6n014pd/325727