Oral Histories

Melvin S. Dalton

b.1923

Mel & Ida Dalton

Q: Your uncle was the banker here?

A: Russell McConkie. Yes, he’s Faun McConkie’s father. Faun would be my first cousin. My mother was the only girl in the family.

Q: After you and Ida got married, you started the dry cleaning and where was it located?

A: Yes, It was located right out here on 300 East, the building is still there. My son uses it as a workshop and garage now. This corner house right here, the log house, and then it’s the next one.

Q: On 300 East, just off 100 North towards Center Street.

A: Yes, right.

Q: You built the building?

A: Yes, I built it.

Q: And started the dry cleaning?

A: Built it and went to school in Salt Lake for 8 months on dry cleaning and then started up. It was quite a lot of hard work, but it wasn’t a bad business. It got where the chemicals affected me internally and made me bleed internally and I had to quit. That’s when I went to work down at Atlas Minerals.

Q: I ‘m not sure if that’s one to the better. I don’t think any of them are any good. You live dangerously.

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