The Father's Day that Al Quist remembers most was when he was growing up in Salt Lake City, and the whole family saved up "because we didn't have a lot of money," and bought their father a new chain saw for Father's Day.
"We burnt wood in a wood-burning stove during the winter," remembered Quist. "Dad had always wanted a chain saw. He was really happy when he received that gift."The family, consisting of three sons and two daughters, would make a two-or-three-day outing to the Uintas to cut wood. "It was a great family project to go into the mountains and get wood," said Quist, owner of Al's Auto Parts in Murray.
He said they would load up the car, which pulled a trailer for the cut wood, and head for the mountains above Kamas. They would stay in tents, with the boys sleeping in a small pup tent. The family would make the trip two or three times during a summer.
Previous to the Father's Day gift of the chain saw, the family cut the wood by hand, using hand saws and axes.
"The chain saw made all the difference in the world. It saved so much time, and made the trips a lot more fun. When we would get through cutting wood, we would have time to play in the creek or in the mountains," said Quist.
"Cutting and storing our own wood gave us a lot of security," recalled Quist. "It gave Mom and Dad a safety net, to have an adequate supply of fuel for the winter."
Quist remembers the chain saw gift with fondness. "Dad's dead now, and I really miss him," he declared.