Oral Histories

Carol E. Balsley Hines

b. 1913

Carol Balsley Hines

Q: Is this you with the fish in this picture? Did you like fishing?

A: Yes we liked fishing.

Q: Where did you go fishing?

A: Down in the Colorado River and after I got married we went to the mountains all the time. We took the kids on the camping trips all around the country.

Q: You went through high school for your education, but did you do any after that? College or…?

A: I went to nurse’s training and after that I’d go and go and take courses at college. And you know we had people come down here from the extension agent and things and they would give classes and give you college credit

Q: Where did you go for your nurse’s training?

A: To Oakland, California.

Q: Really? For how many years?

A: I guess about two years.

Q: And then you got kept up to date by an extension person coming here?

A: I’d take different things. I’d take upholstery or take various things and then sometimes I’d go to Logan and take some courses. It was with the extension service that we’d go and we could get credit.

Q: Then after you got out, that’s when you got your job with Dr. Ballinger?

A: Uh-huh. I got sick in Oakland and I came back here. Oh, I had to have my appendix out and I got boils on my back and just different things so I came back here and went to work for Dr. Ballinger.

Q: How long did you work for Dr. Ballinger?

A: At least a year or so.

Q: And you met your husband how?

A: Well, he was with the Forest Service and they were in this building, what they call the Uranium building down here now. The Forest Service was upstairs and I would be coming from what was the old hospital. Did you ever find out where the old hospital used to be? It’s right down you know where the bank is? You just go right down that block (indicating south on Main) before you get there. And it was about halfway. What’s on the corner there, that eating place? You know, there’s the visitor center and then you go across Main Street and then go down and the old hospital was right in there and Dr Allen.

Q: So it would have been south of Pasta Jay’s (Current restaurant located on southwest corner of Main and Center Street)? Between Center Street and First South on Main Street?

A: And you know Dr. Allen? I guess you’ve heard of him? And you know how come he stayed here? He’d just got out of school and you know he had a hard time too. He said the way he’d eat a lot of times was he would just go sit in the cafes and eat the crackers because he didn’t have any money to eat on while he was taking his training. And he came through here one time and he was going to…. I think it was Arizona looking to get a practice and he stopped at the old co-op. You know where that used to be? It’s down at the old uranium building, down at the bottom they had their little co-op store. And he stopped in there and Dad happened to be in there and Dad was all friendly with everybody and he mentioned that he was going down to look for some place to start his business. Dad said, “Well, we need a doctor here.” And so he stayed here and that’s how come we had Dr. Allen all those years.

Q: So Dr. Williams had quit practicing at that point?

A: Well, he was not doing the (same thing?) and then they ripped up.. ..there was a hole that they made the hospital out of down there. Hammond’s owned the place. You know sometimes I got a little discouraged because Doctor Allen operated, he set legs, he delivered babies and everything and now they have to send everybody out and he just did everything.

Q: Yes, medicine has really changed. And he got called out. I see in old newspapers where he got called out a lot.

A: Uh-huh, he went to homes constantly, night and day.

Q: Now tell me exactly how you met your husband.

A: I was going, you know, just about cater-corner here was our home. You know where this building is? (indicating buildings to the south)

Q: The Greenwell?

A: No, the one on this side.

Q: The Westwood?

A: Right. That was my dad’s place and that’s where I was raised. And I’d walk from there over to Dr. Ballinger’s room in the hospital.

Q: Oh, that’s why you were saying where the hospital was? So it would be down the street and over a little?

A: I was walking up there and I always had a bunch of dogs that walked with me and my husband happened to be up at this uranium building and looked down. And he said he looked down and he said, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry.” So we got acquainted.

Q: What was his profession at that time?

A: He was with the Forest Service.

Q: Do you want to give me your husband’s birthdate?

A: April 5, 1912, Portland Oregon

Q: They put the wrong date on your headstone?

A: Our headstone is together, you know, one of those double ones? And he was born in 1912 and I was born in 1913 so they put us both in 1912.

Q: And was your dad still with the Forest Service at that time?

A: No, not at that time.

Q: He’d now gone into uranium?

A: Yes and he was County Clerk here for years.

Q: And then you started dating?

A: Yes, dating and then married.

Q: And your marriage date?

A: We were married Sept 6, 1937.

Q: Can we talk about your husband and what he did?

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