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
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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
ID 326218
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Title A Mountain Man Turned Merchant
Description ramp in bulk in wooden boxes or burlap bags and was sold loose, being weighed on scales for customers. Bananas came in the large bunch they grew in. Cheese came in a large round and there was a special cutter to cut the size wedge a customer wanted. There were a few goods, small garden or farm tools, horseshoe nails, fencing nails and staples, gloves and socks. A salesman (called a drummer) came around on a regular route to get orders for the food and goods. When he completed his route he sent in the order. but no one knew just when that was. The supplies came in on the train to the depot at Spring City. When the time was close for the order to arrive. someone took the surrey each day and waited at the train depot until the supplies came. They had a gas pump installed out front. The first one was a hand type pump that dispensed one gallon at a time. Later they got a newer one with the glass top. People came to the store anytime, up to midnight. The customers were like family: seldom in a hurry, they enjoyed visiting together. Samuel Henry is remembered as always ready to help at the store. Credit was extended to everyone. Those who had enough cows to sell milk or cream had weekly checks, but if not there were only two pay days a year, for the pea harvest and the beet harvest. Ruby watched the store during the day while the men worked outside, then one of the men clerked in the evening. Being a working mother was not easier in those days than it is now, especially since Ruby had three lively boys and not a girl. One day Lowell lad been just too busy, so she tied his suspenders to the door for a while. That wasn't fun as he crawled out of his trousers and went exploring again. In the fall, his son Samuel arranged a turkey shoot. The target was a bullseye and the prize was a turkey they had raised. Each shooter paid a small fee for a chance to shoot and win the turkey. The townspeople looked forward to this event and it was fun way to sell a turkey. When the phone lines came in it was a party line with three phones, one at the store with 4 Generations - Samuel Martin, Samuel Henry Martin, Sherry Lee Mann. Lowell Martin - Courtesy Lowell and Hannah Martin 75
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326055
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