A) To keep the feathers fluffed in the feather ticks thereby providing greater warmth at night.
B) To give the kids something to do.
C) To rid the covers of any critters that might have crawled into the bed.
D) A pioneer ritual which provided good luck to the family.
Amanda and Samuel Chambers were among the first black converts to the Mormon Church. Both embraced Mormonism as slaves in the South, came west to Utah after the Civil War, and prospered. Chambers lived to the ripe old age of 98. At the time of his death he was a man of wealth and owned a 30-acre estate.
William G. Hartley, “Samuel D. Chambers,” New Era, Jun. 1974, 47.