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Christmas in Sanpete 1849

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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
ARK ark:/87278/s6m043j1
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326790
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6m043j1

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Title Christmas in Sanpete 1849
Description Christmas in Sanpete-1849 Lillian H. Fox Senior Second Place Short Story I have searched the writings but have been unable to find accounts of how the first group of pioneers celebrated Christmas after their arrival in Sanpete Valley, if. indeed, they celebrated at all. Perhaps they only built a fire in the comer of their dugouts and cuddled near to keep warm. Two wagons were sent back to Salt Lake City for supplies but could not get through the snow drifts in Salt Creek Canyon. They did not return until late in March when winter lost some of its grip. These two hundred and twenty-four volunteers were isolated in a white wilderness with only their ingenuity to keep them alive. Their nearest neighbors were at Fort Provost (Provo), eighty miles distant. Their cattle starved and the hungry Indians devoured the frozen carcasses in below-zero temperatures. They rationed the scanty food supply that they had brought with them. The men hunted and fished until they were snowblind. Mothers read stories to the children from the Bible and Book of Mormon, and everyone prayed for survival. However, their faith was strong, and only one family returned to the mother community in Salt Lake when the opportunity later presented itself. In my search for written material 1 found scraps of information suggesting some ways parents made toys to entertain children. The only materials available were stick, stones, and animal hides, but from these they created creatures to which the children added their imaginations. Mothers made dolls by weaving and tying sticks together. The hair on their heads was taken from the manes and tails of horses, and their clothing was made from rabbit skins. For boys they found curios of many kinds among the rocks on the gray hill. Imbedded in the ledges of the hill were petrified fish, footprints of strange animals, and odd shells of amphibian creatures that had crawled over the surface in the dim past when the lowly hill was being thrust upward by subterranean forces from the depths of an ancient sea. They also found flint arrowheads made by aborigines and round stones they called "bulls eyes," which resembled in shape and design the eyes of a bull. They discovered small white stones resembling pearls and round black stones 32
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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 326703
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6m043j1/326703