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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
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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 number 35R, one at Isaac Reynold's number 35J, and the other at William Bagnall's number 35W. They were crank phones, which you turn the crank handle to ring. Each phone on the line had a different combination of long and short rings, but the phone rang on all three. You just picked yours up when it was your ring, but anyone could "Listen in" to anyone else. The phone base bad two large round batteries in it. To get long distance, you rang the operator who at that time was the postmaster. Later the phone terminal was moved to Moroni, above Jensen's Grocery store. There was a window in the north wall of Samuel's kitchen that opened into the store. When grandchildren came to visit, he went to the window and called to Ruby to get some ice cream on a stick or candy or gum for the children. He never forgot and they eagerly wailed for his treats. The Depression began in 1928. The store customers had no money to pay their bills, so Martins had no money to pay their bills either. They eventually lost half of the farm. Then they got a truck and began hauling coal to earn money. Later they hauled eggs and Lowell Martin took over from his lather and continued until retirement. The store faded out in 1940. In early years there was always a large family birthday parry for Samuel and Mary in July. There was a meal, usually fried chicken or sandwiches and picnic food and cake and always fresh raspberries. Samuel loved raspberries and provided everyone a bowl full with thick cream and lots of sugar. The family continued the tradition after Mary died. Samuel was a very generous man. He gave everyone treats whenever they came to visit and he gave grandchildren money when he visited them. He was generous on watching for the needs of others, not just sometimes but always. He never forgot. He gave a liberty bell bank to Elmo and every time he saw Elmo he said, "Where's your bank?" and he put some money in it. He filled it several times and Elmo put the money in the Moroni Bank. The family had their own humor and if anyone left for five minutes or five hours, when they came back, someone always said, "Are you back?" The family shopped for clothes and other non-food items in Mt. Pleasant. The clothing store was called Golden Rule and later became J.C. Penney. Before they got a car, the all-day trip was made with horses, three times a year, in spring, summer and fell. Isaac Reynolds took his team of horses over to Samuel's and got him and the surrey. It had a beautiful white fringe all around the roof. Then the men went back to Isaac's and 76
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Identifier 088_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 326056
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s63x84sr/326056