Sanpete 1896-1996

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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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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326790
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Title Sanpete 1896-1996
Description Transportation until 1896 had mainly been on foot or horse or freighter wagons. Then the narrow-gauge line was replaced by a standard line and this furnished regular transportation to Salt Lake City, and the world. The pioneers were quite self sufficient. In the forests were all kinds of game animals, with no restrictive laws. There was an abundance of rabbits and small game close to town. The rivers were full offish to supplement the rabbits. There was a great variety of trees on the mountains. Sawmills were set up for lumber for houses and furniture, as well as for heating. The sawdust was used in the attics for insulation. Adobe was also available. There are still a few adobe houses in the valley. The lime to seal them was available from the lime kilns. The house my grandparents owned across from the church and school in Sterling was of adobe. Houses were built with three layers of adobe. This made them cool in the summer and easier to heat in winter. Some of the houses in Gunnison were built from the rocks used to build the wall around Fort Gunnison. Our house is one of them and is cool in the summer. It was in use in 1896 and is still in use in 1996. A merchant in Sanpete County, Daniel B. Funk, had, like many others, an ice house. He harvested ice in the winter. He was the first to use his ice to make ice cream commercially. From his potato crop, he made cooking and laundry starch; from the saleratus, which is aerated salt or sodium bicarbonate, he furnished the leavening for cooking; from pinon pine he had tar and charcoal. Local ores furnished him smelted iron to make cooking utensils. Frames were made by him for his drums from the aspen. He used tanned buckskin for the drum heads. Elderberry stalks were used to create fifes and flutes. Also from the aspen he made various size grain measures. Another merchant, Hans C. Hansen, added to the local supplies when he discovered the salt beds and refined the salt for home use as well as for salt licks. Sanpete communities were homogeneous villages. The people had shared hardships and had learned to pull together. They were inventive. There had been marriages. Some had prospered, some had barely eked out a living. Everyone looked out for the others. Probably it was just another winter day in the lives of people in Sanpete County. Utah. 31
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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 326760
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