The Cow Bell

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 29
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1997
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title The Cow Bell
Description Time passed and I hadn't thought much about that visit until one day in 1994. On that day Ray Peterson, my cousin's son, came to my house and told me that he was writing a history of the Peterson family. He said that he was looking up relatives and finding out as much additional information and anecdotes as he could about his heritage. While preparing the history, Ray had collected some old pictures of the family. Among them were some pictures of his grandfather James Peterson and others that he hadn't been able to identify. As Ray interviewed me about the Peterson family history, I slowly thumbed through the collection of photographs enjoying the shared memories depicted in them One of the pictures seemed oddly familiar to me. I studied the picture for a time and then it hit me... the cow bell..., and I could almost hear again the distant tinkling of the bell. There were my Uncle Dave and Aunt Geneva sitting in the front of the sheep wagon with my three cousins, my childhood friends, riding in the back. The old horse and the milk cow seemed as familiar as the family. After all those years had passed, I remembered clearly the night my mother had asked me to listen for the cow bell and felt the excitement again of the visit. The memories stirred by the picture caused me to ask Ray if he would mind my making some copies of the picture. He didn't mind at all. Soon after his visit, I took a copy of the picture to Price, Utah, where Cecelia Bryner, the youngest girl in the picture lived, and she told me more about my Uncle Dave, Aunt Geneva and the old familiar sheep wagon. Uncle Dave was an easy-going, jovial fellow who seemed to take life as it came to him. He was a hard-working man who held many different jobs in his lifetime Each summer he would work at the Jewkes Saw Mill up Joe's Valley. He would take his family with him, so every year they would load the sheep wagon with supplies, hitch the horse and cow to the wagon, and away they would go to the sawmill. Their beds were made of pine branches and most nights were spent sleeping under the stars. When the weather was bad, the whole family 10
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 29
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326627
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