Uncle John Jordan, Kind Rugged Man of the Wilderness

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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
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Title Uncle John Jordan, Kind Rugged Man of the Wilderness
Description winter herd. Once during the night the frightening storm had caused the sheep to become restless and to leave their comfortable bedground. The two men went after them on foot, struggling against the powerful wind that cut like a knife. On a nearby ridge, hungry coyotes could be heard yelping to each other. Shortly, the unsettled herd was brought back into a small cove located just west of camp, where they could get protection while the wailing wind moaned steadily. Uncle John's life was a truly a rugged one. He never married but lived with my folks. Now as I look back into my youth, the great responsibility placed upon my three brothers as well as myself, built within each of us a meaningful value system that few boys of that day were able to receive. As the song goes, "Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven," we were truly exposed to opportunities that build men. To illustrate. I can only choose a few experiences that came into my life from herding sheep with Uncle John. The following winter after I became nine years old, I contracted rheumatic fever. The doctor said that I had a bad heart murmur. Because there were no antibiotics, children were often confined in bed for weeks. However, 1 stayed in bed only a few days. My recovery was slow; in fact, the following spring when school closed I looked terrible. Uncle John suggested to mother that he take me into the mountains for the summer to herd sheep. My older sister. Marvella, immediately threw her arms in the air, and in no uncertain terms said to my mother, " If you permit Glenn to go into the mountains, you may never see him again. He will die, or at best, they may never find his body in some lonely hollow." With fear and anxiety I think my heart began to beat three times as fast. Yet I wanted 10 go so badly. Uncle stated that the exercise and fresh air would cure my heart problems. To a boy age nine, there is no greater excitement men camping in the mountains. The first three weeks were wonderful because there was always someone to talk to. The adventure was filled with excitement. My problems began the day after we trailed the sheep back onto the summer range at the head of wild, rugged Pete Canyon. The next morning following breakfast, everyone left, including Uncle John, to return, a distance of about eight miles. Supplies were needed. He promised to be back early. My only companion was "Old Ring," a faithful dog that was quite worthless except to fight coyotes that were very numerous. All went well for a little while. The camp was on a knoll. 1 would see the sheep contently grazing on fresh feed at the head of the canyon. Later that morning I took the water bag down the long steep narrow trail, a distance 89
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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 326209
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