Oral Histories

Dale & Donna Oviatt

Donna: b. 1929 - Dale: b.1929

Donna & Dale Oviatt

Q: Did they have children here?

Dale: No, they didn’t have any children. He worked here as a mechanic for a long time then he worked out at the mill.

Donna: She used to be the school nurse, I remember.

Q: What did you do, Dale, when you came to Moab? You were in the uranium industry?

Dale: I drove truck for awhile, and hauled it. Then I worked up on Polar Mesa in the uranium mine. Then I worked in a mine out on La Sal Creek. Then I went to work for the lumberyard down here – Moab Lumber (Turner, now). Then I went to work out at the mill. After I quit there, I went to work for Grand County forever.

Q: When did you start with driving truck?

Dale: That was about 1953-1954.

Q: What company were you driving for?

Dale: It was my wife’s ex brother-in-law, Charlie Dull. Driving truck for him, hauling uranium ore up to Monticello.

Q: Were you living here in Moab?

Dale: Yes, this was after we were married.

Q: Any interesting tidbits when you were driving truck?

Dale: Not really, I stayed on the road, and that was about it. It was what I was doing while I was in the Navy most of the time; working the transportation since I didn’t have a rating there for damage control man. I was driving truck and what have you.

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