Oral Histories

Dale & Donna Oviatt

Donna: b. 1929 - Dale: b.1929

Donna & Dale Oviatt

Donna: That’s when all the houses were selling and everybody was moving out of Moab.

Dale: It was about twenty years ago.

Donna: It was when the mill closed down and everybody was moving out.

Dale: Whenever year it was, it was Thanksgiving Day.

Donna: He and I moved in Thanksgiving Day; the kids were grown and gone.

Q: The place that is now the Center Café on First West, was that an original house?

Donna: Dan, Lila Winberger used to own it. It was two rooms. When we bought it, we just kept adding on and adding on as we got kids. It was a really long lot, right next to the hotel, The Moab Hotel across from the Bike shop corner of 1st N and 1st W. Jack Rour used to run it then. Then we had a motel behind us and apartment complex on the other side of us so we decided it was time to move out.

Q: Did they tear your house down to build the café?

Donna: No, they still have the house there.

Dale: They just built all around it.

Donna: It became a restaurant right away as soon as we left.

Q: What was that restaurant?

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