Celestial Barton

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
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 326790
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Title Celestial Barton
Description Lesty was famous for her cooking. One of her boarders, a relative named Burke McArthur, who was also editor of the Mt- Pleasant Pyramid, would not miss a meal at Lesty's for any reason. He had his three meals there every day! Lesty didn't spend all her time working. She belonged to a club called "The Sunshine Club." made up of a fine group of women. It was so good, in fact, that Hilda Longsdorf mentioned it in her book, Mt. Pleasant (published in 1939 by the Mt. Pleasant Historical Association) and included a photo showing most of the women wearing white shirtwaists and long black skirts. It is a good picture of Lesty. She was a nice-looking woman with brunette hair pulled away from her face as was the fashion at that time. I have been told that the women had a good time together. There was merriment and laughter, as befitted the club name. "The Sunshine Club." Then came December 1918. My mother was expecting a baby. but could find no doctor in Mt. Pleasant. So she called Dr. Rigby in Fairview, who promised to come when he was needed. But when Mama called him. his wife told her that Dr. Rigby was stricken with Spanish Influenza and was very ill. He could not possibly come. Mama was in a quandary. What could she do? Someone mentioned Lesty. She was called and she came. Her spirit permeated our home. We were delighted to have her. She stayed a few hours with my mother, but the baby would not come. Then we noticed that Lesty had gone outside. When she returned, mama asked where she had been. She answered that she had been talking to the Lord, asking him to bring the baby to us. And it wasn't long before Lesty helped the baby into the world. The baby was my youngest brother. Briant, born December 15. 1918. We were a happy household. It seemed that Lesty put everything to rights. And how she took care of that baby. As we had no bathroom at that time, she would put a large pan of warm water on the kitchen table and carefully bathe little Briant. Then she would wrap him in a towel and sit in the rocking chair in front of the coal heating stove in the dining room. She would put Briant on the towel on her lap, open the stove door so that the heat could come out and warm his body. It was a joy to watch her pat him and talk to him with love in her heart. I watched every time she bathed him. 105
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326702
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