Oral Histories

Deone Skewes


Deone Skewes

Interviewed by Jean McDowell in Moab, July, 2003.



Q: Were you here during the boom times?

A: I lived in Salt Lake but I never left Moab.   Really, I always came back here.

Q: So were you born in the Grand Old Ranch House?

A: No, I was not.   My mother was. That was her childhood home. But I never did live there. As a young girl she lived there. 

Q: Were you born in Moab?

A: Yes, I was. I was born in Moab in 1920 and that summer and fall we were the first bunch of babies born in Moab to a new doctor called Dr. Allen.

Q: Oh. Allen Memorial Hospital.

A: Yes. And at that time, the hospital was just a large white house where the tourist station is. The big hotel. Down on the corner.

Q: Near Pasta Jay’s [ a restaurant located on the southwest corner of Main Street and Center Street]?

A: In that area. Yes. And, the hospital was just a big white house.

Q: I think we have a picture of it.   Along with a baby that was in an incubator with a 25-watt bulb.

A: Probably, yes.   And, Dr. Allen came down here. He didn’t plan to stay. He was going to come down here and he figured it was a good place to get a lot of good experience. He was out of medical school and so he was going to come down here and stay for a year but he never left.

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