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Historical society remembers its pioneer past

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Maribelle Wareham relates the story of her ancestor who left the county to become a model and fashion buyer.

The Emery County Historical Society met April 24 at the Pioneer Museum in the Castle Dale City Building. The Pioneer Museum is on the second floor.

The pioneer museum has on display in the various rooms things that were used in years past by the citizens of Castle Country.

Some of the items on display were an old pump organ, clothing of different generations, kitchen equipment used by pioneer and other generations of women, ancient flat irons, cream separators and butter churns,

The farm and ranch equipment were from a by gone era. From a time when animals such as horses and oxen were used to provide the power to build things in Emery County. Saddles, bridles, harness, even a pair of chaps (pronounced shapps) used by a cowboy to protect his legs when riding a horse through country covered with brush while chasing a cow or horse.

Rooms are arranged to display various aspects of early life in Emery County. From the school house to the kitchen and living room of homes in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

During the evening Sam Singleton played the old pump organ and Evelyn Huntsman led the music. The group sang several songs like Home on The Range, Battle Hymn of The Republic and God Bless America.

Dixon Peacock related the story of finding the well preserved bodies of an Indian woman and child in a cave in the San Rafael Swell. The bodies were from the era of the Fremont Indians and estimated to have been in the cave since the 1300s. He told of his hobby of locating ancient artifacts in the desert and the mountains.

Jim Majors tells the story of these chaps.

Jan Petersen displayed a sword that was said to have once belonged to Joseph Smith and told the history of how it came to be in the Emery County Pioneer Museum.

Maribelle Wareham told the story of one of her ancestors that left Emery County, became a fashion model and later a fashion buyer. She showed some of the clothing that this woman had brought back to Emery County. Some of that clothing is used now in plays given in Castle Dale.

Ray Wareham and Bert Oman displayed several items of farm machinery and explained the history and uses.

Jim Majors displayed a pair of chaps and told the history of who has owned them over the years and the various ranches where the chaps had been, such as Hidden Valley Ranch. He also told a brief history of the town of Woodside and the geyser near there.

Slices of home made bread and jam were available to all for a treat.

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