Oral Histories

Clara Copley Shafer


Clara Shafer

Q: Was your father involved in mining?

A: No, my father was a school teacher as was my mother. Mom only taught during World War II, though, after she married. My Dad was principal at North Summit. Dad taught 47 years altogether. He taught chemistry, physics, geometry and all that good stuff. I had two brothers and a sister. I more or less grew up with my brothers.

Q: What was the birth order there? Where were you in the mix?

A: My two older brothers and then myself and then my sister. She is 4 l/2 years younger than I am so I really grew up with my brothers and tagged after them a good deal of the time. I didn’t play dolls much. I remember playing mumble peg and kick the can and games like that, and touch football with my brothers. I went ice skating with them. 

Q: Was Coalville primarily rural at that time?

A: Yes. It was. It still is. We haven’t grown an awfully lot but it is growing. Park City is in the same county and it is a lot bigger. Well, Coalville is the County seat. Park City has been arguing over it over the past I don’t know how many years. And, they do have tremendous population growth there. Coalville is slowly growing. The city had their booms when they brought in oil or did oil exploration around the area. Then we had booms. In fact, the people from Evanston, Wyoming, couldn’t find housing in Evanston, so they lived in Coalville and traveled to Evanston. We had the Portland Cement factory there in Devil Slide. Morgan employed some of the people there. There was mink raising. Some of the Blue Willow Mink   I think the name is Buzz Atkins (?) mink.

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