Oral Histories

Dale & Donna Oviatt

Donna: b. 1929 - Dale: b.1929

Donna & Dale Oviatt

Donna: I was born in Durango, Colorado,

Q: What were your folks doing then?

Donna: My father was a policeman, my mother was the housekeeper.

Q: Did you go to school in Durango?

Donna: Until about the second grade. Then we moved here (to Moab).

Q: You moved here about what year?

Donna: 1935 or 1936 or something like that. I’m not sure.

Q: What did your folks do when they moved over?

Donna: My mother and father got a divorce. My mother and my two sisters and I moved here; my brother stayed with my father. She worked cleaning hotel rooms, in the only hotel there was here at the time. I think it was called Hammond or something like that. I was so little, I don’t remember. I think it set about where Meadors’ ranch was across from the old City Market – where City Market used to be. That’s about where it was, the way I remember. Mom was a telephone operator after that for about 25 years. We all went to school, all of us, in one building from kindergarten to senior in high school.

Q: Is that school building still here?

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