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The Pest House

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 21
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1989
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6cf9n7t
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325980
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6cf9n7t

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Title The Pest House
Description HONORABLE MENTION AHECDOTE THE PEST HOUSE Karguerite Taylor 190 North Main Ephraim, Utah 6.1627 The Pest House was a small adobe house across the street from Charlie and Annie Steven's home in Sphraim, just west of Main Street on Second North. Marguerite Stevens Taylor, daughter of Charlie and Annie, remembers it as an interesting house with lots of funny-looking children staying there. She liked to sneak across the road, and peek through the windows. It was fun to watch the funny-looking, red polka-dotted faces of the children inside. At the time, Marguerite wasn't old enough to read the big signs nailed to the outside walls of the little adobe house. Only later did she learn the meaning of the words, I-Sj^SLES. kt^rp nm\ Measles was a common and dreaded disease and needed a doctor's attention. For the poorer families in town, it was also an expensive disease. They didn't have the resources to pay the doctor, even though the charges were minimal. For everyone in the community there was also the problen of contagion. The problems needed a community answer. Someone suggested that the children should be brought to this little adobe house which became known as the Pest House. The doctor could then attend to all of the afflicted with one call, money would be saved. The problem of contagion was also solved. Heeds of the Pest House, like food, bedding, and supervision, were met by assigning the responsibilities to all the families in Ephraim. "As a child I saw this small adobe house as a mysterious place with funny, red polka-dotted faces living there and I wondered what had happened to make 7
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Identifier 021_The Pest House.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 21
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 325837
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6cf9n7t/325837