Oral Histories

Inalyn Meador


Bill & Inalyn Meador

Q: So you were Joanne Dru?

A: Yes, I doubled for her. Van Johnson was in the movie along with Joanne Dru.

Q: I got the idea you were a horseback rider?

A: I was raised on a ranch and I love horses, yes.

Q: You were doing some sort of daring horseback riding in the movie?

A: No. I rode the horse and I drove the wagon and like that; walked along and led the horse, but I didn’t do anything daring. When the wagon was supposed to running away they had a man down behind me making sure that nothing went wrong. 

Q: Did you get in other movies?

A: No. I was just home from college and it was before I was married. 

Q: When you were married you went to various locations to go to school?

A: For Bill’s school, yes. 

Q: Did he teach, or was he an administrator?

A: He taught for a few years and then he was an assistant superintendent for six years and then superintendent for 16 years. Twenty-two years altogether that he was in the Grand County School District office.

Q: The field that is named for Bill Meador, is that for your son that was killed?

A: The football field itself was in memory of our son, Jeff, that died. He wasn’t killed. The rest of it was to honor Bill.

Q: How many children do you have?

A: We had four. Bill had a previous marriage and had one boy.

Q: Now you have grandchildren?

A: We have four. The oldest girl is twenty-one and Connie Lyn just turned eighteen last Friday and Bruin is four and the baby will be three months day after tomorrow. It’s fun.

Q: What keeps you busy now, with the sorority raising funds or?

A: Alpha Rho has two yard sales a year, one in the spring and one in the fall and we make pretty good money there. And then we sell pecans in November and December and we make good money there too. We do well. We donate a lot of money but this is an international, actually Australia is the only other country, but the United States has chapters in every state. It’s a good service organization; we help a lot of people. 

Q: Are there hospitals in Utah that are a part of that?

A: No. We don’t donate to them. In town we donate a lot to Search and Rescue and Seekhaven. We help with Girls State and we send money to the special-ed section of each school. Internationally, we send money for Easter Seals for one big project and St. Jude’s is our other big project. We have a philanthropic and disaster fund for needy in the state. We just help in a lot of different areas. And other things I do to keep busy. I keep very busy. For about ten years I have been helping at the hospital extended care on Monday nights with Bingo. For about five or six years I went every Monday night, but now I go 2 or 3 times a month and I organize it to keep people going. Then our sorority goes down there and plays Bingo every Wednesday afternoon.

Q: So they have Bingo twice a week?

A: Yes, and our sorority furnishes the funds and the prizes for Wednesday. I’m in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, which meets during the winter every Wednesday. We just restored the old building and we restored the pictures. We had the cabin from 1st East and 1st South moved over by our building and have restored it, twice. We have a new fence now; we have really worked hard the last four years.

Q: Hallie Tibbetts mentioned that.

A: She’s my sister. We feel we have really accomplished something.

Q: You have; it certainly looks nice.

A: When you go into the building, you can see the pictures and the directory will tell you where to find who the people are in the pictures. All those pictures were donated to us from the families. Beautiful pictures and beautiful frames. Some of them are getting really old. 

Q: Some of the older pictures seem to last longer?

A: We have one that is really going fast, but we now have blinds on the windows and everything to keep the light out when we are not there.

Q: What do you think of Moab now and the changes from when you were growing up?

A: I think we have to go along with the times. I think we need the tourists. When I’m down at my house, they don’t really bother me. When you go to the store, you just have to plan on taking your time and not letting it bother you. The bikers and things don’t bother me personally. We used to take our kids every weekend and go out in the hills or somewhere. You could be alone then, which you can’t be now. I mean it has really changed from when we were kids.

Q: Some of your favorite places? 

A: Oh, yes. It makes you feel a little bad some times but life goes on and we do have to go along with it. Things have to advance. Just like the new library. We need the new library and I know it will cost money, but we still need it. 

Q: Did you glance at some of these questions about the boom times?

A: During the boom times, I worked at the Arches Café .A lot of the people would come in from Texas and they would complain. I wanted to say, “Well, if you don’t like it, why don’t you go back to Texas?” But I didn’t say that. My older sister, Mildred, owned a house next to my parents; my father built it for her because her husband died of heart disease real young. Then she moved to Salt Lake and so during the boom, my parents (at this time I was home during the summers and at college during the winters) , my parents rented that little house to Charlie Steen and his wife and four boys. It was a two-bedroom house and they rented and stayed there because there wasn’t any other place in town to rent.

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