Oral Histories

Inalyn Meador


Bill & Inalyn Meador

Q: Is that the one on Third South?

A: It’s Second North and Third East and it’s the fourth house up on the right-hand side. Don Baldwin’s house was on the corner, and then there are two others. The third one was ours and the fourth one wsa my sistre’s. Then you go on up the hill.

Q: Is that a white-pillared one?

A: That’s the one on about 2nd South and 2nd East that we lived in when I was in the Second Grade before we bought the house up on Third East. Steens did live there and they moved out just north of almost where the Poison Spider Bike shop is. There was a little log house and I think they lived there for a while until they built the house on the hill, but I’m not sure about that.

Q: Did you know Charlie Steen?

A: I saw him a lot but I didn’t have personal contacts with him myself, no.

Q: What about his boys?

A: The one was very good friend s with Hallie and Bob Tibbitt’s son ,Cap. His name was Charles. I didn’t really know them. The one came to our museum dinner a number of years ago, if you remember when Pete Byrd talked, that was Mark.

Q: Mark and Andy recently had the court battle here?

A: Yes, that’s sad, but anyway, they opened the uranium mill and it gave people their first really paying job unless you were a school teacher or worked for the government. A lot of people like Hallie’s husband, Bob, went to work at Atlas Minerals. I worked there later for a year or two about 1965; it was another place that I worked in the office. 

Q: When you were working all these places, were your kids in school?

A: Some of the time, when they weren’t in school, my parents or my sister-in-law, Eris Young, tended them. Always had a babysitter in the family. It asks here about my parents’ jobs. They raised sheep at first with a few cows up on the South Mesa. We ran the sheep in the winter out on the range and so I did ride a lot out on the mountain. We also raised wheat and I drove tractors when I could hardly reach the pedals. I didn’t like being in the house and cooking. I got in on a lot of that, but every time I had a chance I’d go out with my dad in the fields.

Q: Do you still like the outdoors?

A: Yes, I enjoy hiking and being out.

Q: So the boom times didn’t bother your housing?

A: No, that part didn’t bother us. Then I went away to school and when Bill and I got married we went away to school.

Q: So you were away at school during boom times?

A: I was. Bill was in the service, mostly during that first part of the boom because it was the early fifties.

Q: That’s when Charlie Steen discovered Mi Vida in the early fifties. Did you come from Blanding or Monticello?

A: Blanding. We have lots of cousins and relatives. My great-great-grandfather was a brother to Brigham Young. My great grandfather had four wives and my great-great-grandfather had four wives on the Young side. This was before my parents were born.

Q: Is it hard to keep track of all your relatives?

A: We were close to our first cousins on both my dad and my mom’s side of the family. We were not in touch with the other plural families. They were from our great-grandparents’ days.

Q: Being LDS, do you have any feelings about other people in the community getting along or not?

A: I was raised LDS in Blanding, and I remember coming to Moab and seeing a woman smoke. I’d never seen a woman smoke until I was six years old. That was kind of a shock. I remember coming and there were a few sidewalks in Moab, and of course, on First East they had the rock gutter that the CCC had put in; a beautiful red rock gutter even though they had dirt sidewalks. That was the street in front of the MARC and all the way up that street. That (the present-day MARC) was the first LDS church that I went to in Moab.

Q: Did you know the CCC people?

A: I remember them very well. In Blanding, we had one doctor. I had a tick that got in my head. The CCCs had some serum flown in for me, to give me a shot. When the county health nurse came around she would take a spoon and look in your mouth and decide if you needed your tonsils out. And of the six kids in my family, I had to have mine out. The way I remember it is that they took us up to the elementary school and the CCs were there. The CC’s doctor helped the Blanding doctor do the surgeries. They set up an operating table in the Second Grade and they set up some cots in the first Grade room. I was scared to death of those CCCs for no reason at all. But I was just a little kid. Then I got ether and had my tonsils out and went in the other room for a few hours and then went home. 

Q: The CCC doctor took out your tonsils?

A: With our local doctor, they helped each other. I don’t know who did it. The CCC boys were the one that were carrying the patients in to the cots and beds.

Q: So you associated them with the operation?

A: I did. But my aunt married one of the CCs. A number of the local girls from both Moab and Blanding married CCs. 

Q: In Blanding they had the Dry Valley Camp?

A: I think they also had a camp just north of Blanding and there is one in Dry Valley and the one at Dalton Springs. There were at least three that I know of, that I can think of. A number of the girls married and a lot of them were very successful marriages. The CCC’s gave the boys from the cities a chance to work.

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