Oral Histories

Bill Meador


Bill Meador

Q: In addition to the museum board, you are on the golf club board?

A: The Golf Club Board of Directors. I’ve been on that for about seven years, maybe eight. 

Q: So you were there when they expanded?

A: No, I came on after they opened the additional nine holes, probably about the middle 90s. I can’t remember for sure, in 1995, that area.

Q: Do you enjoy that?

A: Yes, I do. Because there are lots of opportunities to do something, and I enjoy the camaraderie and exchange of ideas.

Q: There are some things I’d like to specifically go over. This is part of the Boom Times questionnaire we are doing for this particular group of oral histories. Since you were already living in Moab, what I’d like to talk about are your jobs and or your parents’ jobs before the boom. You said that your dad was into real estate and this was very much impacted by the boom. You were still in the service then?

A: Yes, I left here in May of 1951. (Charlie’s discovery was in 1952-3) However, I knew about that and how it impacted Moab. Moab was a community of 900 people when I left. When I came back from Korea, it was a community of about 8,000 people. It was an entirely different community. I didn’t know anybody. When I left here, I knew everybody and everybody’s kids and who they were related to. I was the only person in town who wasn’t related to everybody in town. When I left here, the jobs I would get were service stations, picking peaches, those kinds of jobs available to a kid in summertime. When I came back there were all kinds of jobs. I was discharged and five days later I had a job with Moab Drilling. I’d never been on a drilling rig in my life. But there were jobs. When they built the Atlas mill, the guys that came home from World War II suddenly had a payroll outside of the family business. Those were the immediate impacts. Plus the face of the community was changing. There were new buildings; there was sprawl and squalor, a trailer behind every tree. It wasn’t all good in that respect. There was purpose and there was money. And I’ve always said that one of the strongest things that happened during the uranium boom was the leadership that came with the big companies, the presidents of those companies, the vision they had, the money they had, not only the payrolls that they provided but the health insurance programs, the recreation programs, just the leadership that went in from their companies and their presence. I think it was of tremendous value during the uranium era. The Potash and all of those kinds of developments, there were a lot of those people who were highly educated, highly skilled, and people oriented. It was great for Moab.

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