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The Skeleton Key

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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
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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 Skeleton Key
Description HONORABLE MENTION PERSONAL R2C0LL2CTI0N THE SKELETON KEY June B. Jensen 575 West 800 South Orem, Utah 84058 I once saw a "Keys Made While You Wait" shop where the bottom of a large showcase window was covered with old keys of every size and shape. I asked myself "What marvelous things could those keys unlock?" My fascination with old keys began during ay coed days at Snow College in the small rural town of Ephraim. Most student apartments consisted of spare rooms in the homes of townspeople. I shared three upstairs rooms in such a house, with three other girls. Our landlady was an elderly widow who lived alone in the downstairs rooms. She was kind to us on the rare occasions when we saw her. There was an outside stairway to our apartment so we came and went as we pleased. There was a fourth room upstairs with windows boarded up on the outside and the door was locked on. the inside. The metal doorknob was carved with the image of a coiled reptile and the metal extended downward where the keyhole was. I passed that door several times a day, as did my friends. The mere fact that the door was locked seemed to invite wondering. What could be in there? There wasn't an odor so it couldn't be a body. Maybe a recluse was hiding out and was being secretly cared for by our landlady. Maybe the room was filled with stolen property to be sold later to supplement her meager income. Maybe the room held a coffin and burial clothes that would be needed at a later time. Also, it might be the hiding place of a deranged relative who hadn't been committed to the state asylum. Weeks passed and our speculations continued. Girls have boy friends. One night when my friend arrived for our date, he whispered to me, "I have a skeleton key that will fit any lock. Let's see what's in that room tonight." The thought was intriguing, a skeleton key with which perhaps to find a skeleton! After our 95
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 21
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 325846
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6cf9n7t/325846