Oral Histories

Bill Meador

b.1933

Bill Meador

Q: Tell me about cow camp and about being on the mountain. You said you spent your summers there?

A: We lived with the same conveniences that they lived with in the 1880s. With no electricity, but we did later have one phone line. Two shorts was our place. Three shorts was Corbin’s. We were all on the same line. It was the afternoon’s entertainment if anybody got a telephone call. You know, you could listen in and that type of thing. My Mom cooked on a little stove about so wide in one part of the cabin. We bathed in the washtub. We heated the water on the stove. My dad finally came to the mountain one day with a Coleman lantern. I remember that first Coleman lantern. He took it out to where we hitched the horses so that it wouldn’t blow the cabin up when he’d pump it up to light it. That was a magnificent light because we had always had coal oil lamps. We had very few conveniences.

Q: That was in the Warner Lake area?

A: Yes, our cabin overlooked the Warner Lake. In 1942 they made us move it down the hill away from the lake. They were going to develop a range of summer cabins, which they never did. Until that time several Moab families lived at Warner – the wives and children, and the men worked in town. We had quite a bit of company. After they made us move, those people started moving off of the mountain as well and there weren’t as many people up there by the mid 40s….’45, ‘46. Most of those families had moved to town, but we stayed there.

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