Oral Histories

Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt

b. 1908

Ruby Zufelt

Excerpt from The Early Years of Ruby Ray:
When we moved on out east of Monticello, near Ucola: (When I was eight) Cap Hanson had a cabin out there and there was a well down the draw a little bit so we could pack water. It was quite a ways to pack it, but there was water we could get. We stayed there all winter. Of course you couldn’t go to school.

One day, when Vern was 6 and I was 8, our cow got away. Dad sent Vern and I to go find her and told us not to come home until we found her. We didn’t find her so we spent the night in an old shack, sleeping on the floor. We were real scared. We started to walk to Butt’s to see if the cow was there. Herm came by and told us the cow was home and gave us a ride. The cow always came home at night.

When I was 9 or 10 and Vern was 7 or 8, Dad sent us over to Dolores to help pick peaches. We took the wagon and camped out when it got dark. It was about 30 miles. We got peaches for pay, maybe three bushels. We camped out one night on the way home. It was really wonderful to have a few peaches.

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