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Pig Killing Day

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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 Pig Killing Day
Description was truly and "angel of mercy." If one word could describe her, it would be "charity." She scattered sunshine and the rays fell on all those about her-especially her posterity. She has indeed made our lives richer. Pig-Killing Day Robert O. Kelson Non Professional Second Place Short Story 1 watched the drums being crushed and thrown into a scrap metal dumpster--fifty-five gallon metal drums, hundreds of them, useless, just scrap metal. My mind went back in time to a place and time when having a fifty-five gallon drum was a treasure. Not very many people had a fifty-five gallon drum. A kid could climb on it. roll it like a log. It could be a horse or a fort. A fifty-five gallon drum was useful for a number of things around the farm house, but it was absolutely necessary on one day of the year: Pig-killing day. The arrangements were made several days or weeks in advance: clean wood nailed together into a pallet about four feet by six feet, grill, plenty of firewood, meat-grinder, sausage-maker, smoke house, brine in wooden drums, three sturdy long poles, a block and tackle, the special scrapers for removing the bristle from the pig's hide, and all the other preparations, including a cool fall day. There were only a few men in the community who were expert in killing and dressing pigs. The man of the house, as well as older boys, were expected to help out, and the woman of the house and other children knew well that they would be spending several long nights making sausage. Everyone was involved. The pig-killing specialists always had a fifty-five gallon drum; it was part of their equipment. One of the questions asked during negotiations was, "Do you have a fifty-five gallon drum, or do you need to use mine?" Only a few people were lucky enough to have a fifty-five gallon drum, so more often than not the drum was provided by the pig-killer. Of course, it had to be available a day before the big event. A fire pit was formed with rocks, and a heavy metal grill had to 77
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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 326749
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6m043j1/326749