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Manti Utopia Club

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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
ARK ark:/87278/s60863fm
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326335
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm

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Title Manti Utopia Club
Description laws of the club "The aim of this organization will be to better our own standards and aid the community as needs arise " LaVilla Henrie Mickelson, formerly the wife of the deceased Royal Henrie, and now the wife of Calvin Mickelson, was one of the charier members of the Utopia Club when it was organized in 1921 The other charter members were Eva Hall. Lilly Boynton, Ruby Merriam. Mary C Miller, and Delia Mickelson There was a need for groups of this kind during the seventy-four years that the Manti Utopia Club functioned It was started soon after the Armistice of World War I The people were well acquainted with death, taxes, rationing of food, and joblessness. Many living in the area had emigrated from Denmark and Scandinavian countries in an attempt to better their physical and spiritual well-being They had endured many hardships and were left with deep feelings of concern for others and a belief in themselves The livelihood of many came from farming, stock-raising, carpentry, masonry, and shop-keeping They were imbued with the spirit of helping to build a good place to live They survived the depression, subsisting at times on government allotments of staples such as buckwheat, germade flour, cornmeal, sugar, and lard to supplement what ever they could raise in their gardens After the depression came a relatively calm but busy few decades. Outhouses were replaced by indoor bathrooms, and swilling pigs and butchering them in downtown areas gradually disappeared Nicely stocked and run dry goods, grocery, appliance, bakery, jewelry, and meat shops filled out the main street, complimenting existing structures like the bank, post office, barber shop, churches, and earlier established businesses Then came World War 11 and with it fear, separations, deaths, rationing, and war-related jobs like the Parachute Factory and Agricultural Markets Pre- and post-war public work projects brought new jobs to town life, like the building of the Sanpete County Court House The dancing pavilions and movie houses helped chase the depression and war blues away and were frequented by many townspeople. Still the always present need for closer contact with homogenous groups brought both men and women's organizations together Some were church related, some were not The Ladies Literary Club began in Manti in the 1890's and is still functioning. It was instrumental in getting the Manti High School established in 1905 The agenda for this club, as well as its membership, differed from that of the Utopia Club, but both seemed to realize that "there is no hope of joy except in human relation" (Saint-Exupery), and in the words of Aldous Huxley, "Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you" The six charter members of the Manti Utopia Club met regularly and soon had other women asking to join. In the 1940'sand 1950's the club had the maximum membership of twenty-five There is no copy available of the original by-laws of the club, but Delia recalls the group's activities were to study, have book reviews, quilting bees, and do handiwork By 1930 the membership of the club had grown from the original five 95
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326278
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm/326278