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My Grandfather, Stemboat Olsen

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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 My Grandfather, Stemboat Olsen
Description MY GRANDFATHER, STEAMBOAT OLSEN C. Hoyt Anderson Senior First Place Short Story My Grandfather, whose given name was Andreas Olsen, has always been an important presence in my life, but I have no conscious memory of him as a person because our lives overlapped by less than ten months It was 1918. the year the Great War ended. He had lived long enough to celebrate Armistice Day and to leant that his only son, Landvig, had survived the conflict in France, but not long enough for me to have any personal memories of him Despite his not being there, the evidence of his life surrounded and influenced me from the beginning Mother had returned to her home for my birth, so I began life In Grandfather's adobe house in Ephraim, which stood on the site at 36 East First South where the South Sanpete School District subsequently built a home economics building When I was three, my parents moved into the house and it was home to me for most of my first twenty years. There and in his carpenter shop next door, I came to know my Grandfather In his living room was a large world globe mounted on a spindle so we could turn it on its axis and imagine ourselves instantly transported to exotic places around the world On the globe mother helped us locate Landvig, Norway, where Grandfather was bom in 1840- fourth in a family of nine children We traced his travels from there to Mandal, a seacoast town where he became a sail-maker apprentice on the suggestion of his father so that his company would have skilled craftsmen in all of the trades involved in the shipbuilding business It was in Mandal that Grandfather converted to Mormonism in 1867 at the age of twenty-seven We traced his travels to New York City and his two journeys to the Philippines and the Orient These were working trips he took to earn passage to America for a family of converts that joined the Church when he did (5) We also traced his route to Salt Lake City where he worked briefly as a policeman and to Alta where he worked in the silver mines before finally arriving in Sanpete County in 1870. In his living room was an impressive memento of his trip to China-a beautiful lacquered set of drawers featuring a variety of inlaid wood and mother-of-pearl Also in his room was his extensive private library giving evidence of a man with very wide-ranging interests His numerous sets of encyclopedias and huge unabridged dictionary and his technical reference books were luxuriously bound in soft buckskin-colored leather Most of his books had been studied-not merely read- as evidenced by the neat margin notations, many of which were in Norwegian 17
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326283
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm/326283