This highlight is on a colorful, yet downtrodden resident of Draper , called “Sally the Wash Woman”. Although she went about her business quietly, she left her mark on Draper.

Born Antonette Anena Peterson, in Denmark in 1857 (the exact date of her birth is unknown). It is not known when she came to the United States, or to Draper. Little is known about her other than she was married to a Mr. Marker, and later divorced, and had one son.

Erva Smith remembers her father, trying to help Sally when he was Bishop. He called her Anena Marker. He would always take care of the downtrodden and Sally fit into this category. Some people were not kind to her. She was often seen walking the streets barefoot. Sally spoke Danish, as did her father.

For a living, Sally did “the wash” for people who could afford to pay a wash woman. Erva remembers Sally doing the wash on the back porch of the Boberg home. She saved sacks of 50-cent pieces so she may have charged 50-cents a wash. Sally lived across the tracks by the Peter C. and Mete Rasmussen home (later the Bert Berretts home) at 12085 South and 800 East, then in the Bert Berrett home, and then on 7th East, 12300 So. The home on 7th was adobe and when Sally left many coins were found in the chinking.

Lois Rasmussen said that Sally would be worn out after a day of work. She would have her bath in the canal and then go to the old home of Sister Huff and climb to the top of the haystack and stretch out under the stars, to sleep.

It is recorded that Sally was admitted to the Utah State Mental Institution on March 2, 1922, where she lived until she passed away December 12, 1928. Those records also state that she had one living child at that time. Cemetery records show that she was buried under the name Anena Marker December 16, 1928 in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

No matter a person’s status in life, each leaves an indelible mark on the people and communities in which they lived. Sally is an example of just that. While she suffered with mental illness, was peculiar, and certainly struggled in life, she is part of the fabric of Draper’s history.