Oral Histories

Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt

b. 1908

Ruby Zufelt

Q. He was pretty sharp, wasn’t he?

A. And he was a good, hard worker, and planned well. He got other rocks and built the fireplace. I don’t know what happened to that little cook stove, but we didn’t have it any more. We cooked on the fireplace for a couple of years in Dutch ovens. Mother had a cupboard board that she used for an ironing board. Maybe she could have kept it on the table, but anyway her flatiron handle broke. She didn’t have a flatiron handle, so we had to use a stick to push the iron around with.

Q. Was that the time you had three of those irons and you’d put one of those irons on the Dutch oven, while you would use the other one?

A. Yes. I think we only had two, but we had to heat it in the Dutch oven because we didn’t have the stove. But our clothes were ironed. Mother wasn’t hardly able to wash on the board, so I tried to do quite a bit of it. I was Dad’s right-hand man, because I was ten and strong and healthy and able to do things to help. Vern was awful small for his age and not very handy. He just couldn’t do much of anything. He was too little, and he liked to play.

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