Oral Histories

Deone Skewes

b.1920

Deone Skewes

A: I taught first, second, third and fourth grades. I also taught music, singing and instrumental music. I taught for 35 years in the Granite School District in Salt Lake.

Q: Oh, that’s where you were.

A: When I went up there to the University I got a job and I stayed there but I never really left Moab. Moab was always home.

Q: So you just checked in here quite regularly?

A: Yes. Yes, I did.

Q: Well, I guess if you were visiting you were aware of what it was like in the boom times?

A: Oh yes. It was bad, you know. But it’s not much different than it is now because there is still an influx of people. You still wait in lines at the store and the Post Office.

Q: And you had a house all along, didn’t you?

A: Yes.

Q: So housing was not a problem for you.?

A: No. But it was for a lot of people.

Q: I gather that it was and that a lot of these trailers came in at that time that are still here.

A: That’s right. Yes, I know when I was a kid, we didn’t even have any keys to our house. My folks would come to Salt Lake when I was in school there. Never locked their doors. Everything was just fine, you know.   You wouldn’t do that this day and age. 

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