Oral Histories

Clara Copley Shafer

b.1930

Clara Shafer

Q: Now, when the Taylors mentioned Moab to you, did you come to visit first?

A: No. No. I had a chance to go back East. Back to New Jersey with a girlfriend of mine that I graduated with. Her husband was stationed back there and her family wouldn’t let her go back there by herself and so she persuaded my parents to let me go back. This was right after I graduated from college. We come back through Moab and that was the first time I had seen it. Of course, that was in the early summer of the year when the fruit trees were in blossom and to me it just looked like a little green oasis out in the middle of nowhere. Of course, I had already signed a contract to come here but that was the first time I saw it. 

Q: So you had already signed a contract?

A: Yes. I had already signed a contract. 

Q: And what year would that have been?

A: 1952.   I graduated from college in June of ’52 and came here in September of ’52.

Q: And what grades did you teach?

A: Well, the first year I was given the second grade and that was another one of the reasons I came here. Helen Knight promised me the second grade and that was what I felt best qualified to teach.. So, as I said, I wanted to know what the Four Corners area was like so I accepted the call and signed the contract. The next year I was given the first grade. I’ve got to admit that upset me a little bit because I had all of the visual aides and the programs set up and the supplies that I wanted, and then I was given the first grade. I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did the second grade. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the number of students I had and that goes along with the boom years.

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