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Trees, a Pioneer Legacy

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1998
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6vh5m0s
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326508
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5m0s

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Title Trees, a Pioneer Legacy
Description investigate purchasing some property. Years later, as my family often traveled the same route, I pointed the trees out to my children and told them about their great-grandfather, who died when I was three. Later, the highway was rerouted, eliminating that particular stretch of road How we missed seeing those stately trees. Poplars were also planted in groves which furnished firewood for cooking and heating or provided shade and protection for picnicking, still a popular activity. About three miles west of Mt. Pleasant, part of a grove planted just east of the Sanpitch River remains. In the middle of the grove many years ago stood a dance hall where people from surrounding areas gathered to dance or otherwise enjoy themselves. Though I never had the opportunity to participate in these activities, for me the grove holds memories which are part of my pioneer legacy: it was named Fiddler's Green in honor of my great-grandfather, James Hansen, who was the first fiddler in Mt. Pleasant and who provided many "firsts" musically in that locale.3 Across the street from where I was raised stood another pioneer legacy. a beautiful old tree which had been planted as a sapling by Justus Wellington and Clarissa Jane Seely. When they moved west with other early colonizers and were then sent to Mt. Pleasant, they carried with them, in a coffee can, tender saplings from their home in Eastern Canada. They carefully nurtured precious slips, undoubtedly using some of their precious water to ensure that the plants survived until they could be planted at their new home. Other pioneers brought cuttings from trees and plants, seeds and seedlings, from other areas, all of which were protected nearly as avidly as they protected their own lives. The Seely's Mt. Pleasant tree flourished, growing into a beautiful tree. We children climbed its easily accessible limbs and played with our dolls in its shade. Birds nested in its branches. One day-long after we had graduated from high school, and over a century from the time of the tree's frail beginnings-Mother noticed
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326497
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5m0s/326497