Oral Histories

Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt

b. 1908

Ruby Zufelt

Q. And that’s part of your history.

A. Then Dad married Mother in Sunnyside, Utah at a fireside party, then they were later married in the temple. The marriage was on June 26, 1907, and I was born July 25, 1908.

Dad filed on a desert claim south of Price, and he made a cellar, then he built a log cabin. It was so hot. I think it was two years after that they were married in the Salt Lake Temple. It was so hot in the summer and the midwife said, “Well, Susie, why don’t you put your bed down in the cellar where it’s cooler. It’s so hot up here.” That’s what she did and I was born in the dugout. Then the dam went out and the irrigation project failed, so Dad gave up the homestead and went to work in the mine.

Q. Where was the dam?

A. Well, it was somewhere south of Price, near Cleveland. The area was called Desert Lake, but it wasn’t very far out, maybe eight or ten miles. Then he went to work in the coal mine at Stores (near Helper). And that’s the only time I can remember living in the coal camp. That was when I was three or four years old.

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