From Then to Now - A Story of Grandfathers

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 27
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1995
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 326335
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Title From Then to Now - A Story of Grandfathers
Description be there Four more children were born here, all with the help of mid-wives since there was one doctor tor all of Sanpete County The doctor came by way of horse and buggy and came only in extreme emergencies or occasionally after a birth His charge was 52 00 a call The mid-wife walked both ways and received $10.00 for ten days' work, which included caring for mother and baby, cleaning, cooking and laundry Chris was always concerned about his neighbors and was always willing to share what they had. be it little or a lot They had one of the first phonographs, an Edison with cylinder records and a large morning glory horn It was used for lots of entertainment and dances They also had a player piano which all the neighbors played and listened to. and one of the few phones which served neighbors for blocks around They were also lucky enough to have one of the first automobiles in Ephraim They also had a pen full of home-raised hogs that they would kill and cure with brine and smoke to feed the family and share with anyone who was in need I think perhaps back then sharing with your neighbor was really just a way of life When things were good for you you gave; when they weren't so good you received Chris worked in the cattle business with his father and uncles and later worked some in the sheep business While the sheep were lambing one year, he became interested in the poverty flats and purchased about 300 acres This led to his dream of acquiring water from the other side of the mountains and converting through a tunnel for use on the parched lands of the poverty flats And so began years of many heartaches, hardships and broken promises, stolen money, much discouragement and long slow back-breaking, hard work for the whole family! However, Chris never gave up and finally early one spring a large fire was seen near the tunnel This was planned to let everyone know that the final touches had been made and they could walk through the 2.680 foot tunnel which was finally completed 1 don't know- if any of us can comprehend the sacrifice and hard work of Chris and his family Time and again he put his own money into the tunnel-all his time and all his energy, leaving his own family, especially Sarah, to make do and never receiving anything back But it was his dream and he saw it come true. Many fine crops have been produced and are still grown on the land that was desert before the water came because of this dream Chris also purchased through a trading deal a large tract of land in Colorado where for several years the family had been grazing sheep and doing quite well, but due to the depression in 1930, the bottom dropped out of the sheep business and the property had to be let go for taxes since all Chris' money was lied up in the tunnel This property is known as the Aspen Ski Resort and was purchased by Christensen Brothers on a tax sale and sold to the resort for three million dollars-just imagine what it's worth today! 78
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326256
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