Oral Histories

Dorothy R. Rossignol


Dorothy Rossignol

Interview by Rusty Salmon

December 23, 2005 at the Dan O’Laurie Museum of Moab


Q: Do you have a middle name? And a maiden name?

A: Dorothy Ruth Jackman

Q: Birthdate?

A: September 29, 1930

Q: What was your father’s name?

A: Roscoe Elmer Jackman

Q: Your mother’s name?

A: Edetta Frances Sawyer Jackman

Q: Where were you born?

A: Niagara Falls, New York

Q: What year did you actually move to Southeastern Utah?

A: The first time, we moved to Green River, Utah, in ’63, from the Happy Jack.

Q: When did you move to the Happy Jack?

A: We moved to Deer Flats first in ’56, I think. And we were up there for a couple of years for White Canyon Mining Company. Then we went to Happy Jack.

Q: And when you say “we”, who was with you?

A: My husband, Robert Owens Rossignol.

Q: And you don’t have any children, correct?

A: No.

Q: We have the date and where you were born; what happened from the time you born.

A: I was a preemie. I was born almost 2 months early and back in 1930 in the depression, my father was a research chemist for DuPont in Niagara Falls. The depression hit and they didn’t need research chemists and DuPont didn’t want him. His father and mother had a little farm in Montana and with 2 kids, my older sister and me; he had to do something for a living. You couldn’t live on the land back there (NY).

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