Oral Histories

Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt

b. 1908

Ruby Zufelt

It was the same temperature all the time. We didn’t need the stove much for heat, but our neighbor would come over to see us and she would just freeze to death. She was living in Herm Butt’s house then, and it was just through the fence and about a half or quarter mile each way to their place.

Q. How many children were there that lived in this little dugout house?

A. Three, Vern and I and Ireta. But we had two beds in there and it was comfortable. Didn’t complain. We had very little to read that we could understand. Mother had the church books, but that was a little heavy for we kids. We played checkers and dominoes and Mother would tell us a story once in a while. We thought we got along just fine.

Then Dad built the house when he had time. He built a pretty good house. It was the best log house in the country. It was sixteen by thirty two, a big house. It could be divided off into a living room, two bedrooms, a kitchen, and hopefully a bathroom someday. He cut the space out of the logs when he laid them up, so he could get the window in there. After he got the logs up, he had to go to the Lone Cone sawmill to get lumber for the roof. He and Vern went and were gone two nights and he come home with enough lumber to put a roof on the house, so we could move out of the cellar. Before he built the house, he went up on the hill, on the other side. We were in kind of a deep draw. On the top of hill was some good rock about six to eight inches thick. He cut it out of the rock on top of the hill to make a hearthstone to build a fireplace. Before he started building the house, he borrowed Herm’s team and drug it over where he was going to build the house. So it was in the middle of the floor when we got the house built. He was ready to build a fire and he had the hearthstone down.

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