The Poplars

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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 The Poplars
Description There came a time after the 1920s when the trees were beginning to show many dying limbs. They were mostly ending their life span of fifty years, and also most of the trees were infested with the dreaded tree cankor. Some trees in the town were cut about one-half way down on the tree and for the next few years the tree would be full and green again, until those short limbs in turn began to die as well, down to the trunk. Our trees along the ditch bank, my father cut completely to the ground. Each year he would cut one tree and use it for firewood. The Poplars made good wood to burn in our stoves to cook our food ^and to keep us warm during the winter. After the large tree had been cut, it was dragged into the yard by a team of horses, There, in the yard, my father would cut up the tree. He sawed the large trunk in foot-long slices; and then with an axe, he would cut these large pieces into small, stove-size pieces. The wood was pretty and white with a really good, fresh smell. The pieces were nice to feel and to handle. After all the small pieces were cut, he would then measure a very large circle on the smooth ground- There, many pieces were laid side by side. The small end out would be laid row around row until the wood pile was built as high as the reach. Then the rest of the hundreds of pieces were piled in the center of the neat wall of wood. My father's wood pile was a work of art. He was a very creative craftsman and builder. He took great pride in his wood piles made of beautifuL-. white fresh wood. The Poplar or genus "Populus" is a European tree. They are plentiful in Italy, France, and Germany, They line the river banks such as the Seine near Paris and the Rhine in Germany and many other places„ The Poplar tree was first found in Persia, and there are some records of the tree being grown in many places in the Far East. They say that the discoverers took them to Italy, where they flourished and were named the Lombardy Poplar by the Italians. It is said that Napoleon saw the trees on his invasion of Italy in 1794. He brought the fast-growing 48
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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 325745
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