Oral Histories

Bill Meador

b.1933

Bill Meador

Q: You said he died from the flu, was that during the epidemic of 1917?

A: It wasn’t the 1917 epidemic, it was 1927, and just an isolated incident, not associated with any of the epidemics.

Q: Your dad came out of the service and married your mom?

A: He came out of the service; he stayed with the Army of Occupation in Europe for about a year after the end of World War I; and he came home, joined the Forest Service and was assigned to the Manti-La Sal Mountains. He was in charge of both what we know as the La Sals and The Blues at the same time. But he was stationed out of Monticello, that’s where he met and married my mother.

Q: This would have been very early years of the Forest Service, wouldn’t it?

A: Yes, this would have been about 1919; that’s when he was assigned to that region. The Forest Service, I think, was organized in 1905 but was just penetrating the inner reaches of the continent by 1920-1923.

Q: And everything would have been by horseback?

A: Oh, yes. He did everything by horseback. A lot of his area included what the Navajo Indians included and considered their range. My father happened to get along very well with the Navajos and they didn’t call him “Ranger,” they just called him “Carroll.” I remember years later, different ones coming to his office and saying, “I want to see Carroll.”

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