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A Mountain Man Turned Merchant

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1994
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s63x84sr
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326218
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s63x84sr

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Title A Mountain Man Turned Merchant
Description fields near the Reynolds farm. Samuel tanned the deerskins himself into buckskin. He used the bark of the oak tree for the second soaking solution, as it was more available, but other tree bark could also be used. He told Elmo that buckskin could be wet down and smoothed out to dry and it would return to soft original not hard and dry like other leathers. After it was tanned, it was rolled up and used as needed for gloves, vests, shoe laces, and other items. Samuel always asked if anyone needed new shoelaces; if they did he used his pocket knife to cut a straight thin shoelace for them. He was also a trapper, making some of his livelihood by trapping muskrats. A man came around to buy the cured, stretched skins, Samuel showed Elmo and his brother Glenn how to cure and stretch the skins so they could earn some extra money. He could trap rabbits and pigeons with a box and string. In early years he and his family lived in the house Lowell and Hannah Martin now live in, in Chester. They traded houses with the Kump family whose house was north of Chester. This new farm was 30 acres, 20 acres on the west side of the road, which was farm land. The ten acres on the east side had the house, bam, sheds, animals, pasture, garden, berry patch, peas, beets, and carrots. They had milk cows and a bull. The bull was kept separate and had a ring in his nose. Everyone was afraid of him but Samuel. He was the one to lead the bull to water, saying, "He won't hurt me." and he never did. Wilford Allred had the store and post office in Chester, hut now there was no store. Samuel saw a need in the community for the store and decided that would be an opportunity to provide for himself and his son's family. So the trade was made for a bigger house and he built a wooden room on the north side of the brick house. This was the new Chester store that began in 1915. the sign over the door said "S H Martin and Son Grocers." Martins did not have the post office; it was moved from the Allreds to Jim Christensens, who lived on the northeast corner of the Chester intersection. By now all four of Samuel's children were married, so he and his wife lived in three rooms on the south side of the house. His son, wife Ruby, and eventually three sons lived in three rooms on the east side and also the two bedrooms upstairs. There was a store storage room between the two families' kitchens. They lived quite comfortably with six bedrooms, two large kitchens and three outside entries besides the store. Samuel Henery's wife died two years after the store began. The store was mostly food, not a general store like some. Food 74
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Identifier 086_A Mountain Man Turned Merchant.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326054
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s63x84sr/326054