Oral Histories

Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt

b. 1908

Ruby Zufelt

She let me keep working. I could sit on that high stool and wash the dishes. She had about twenty men she fed all the time. I could do a lot of the work, but there were some things I couldn’t do. She’d have the other girls pour the coffee and do the things I couldn’t do, so I worked there until May, I think.

School was out and they had just put in a new sugar beet factory up in Wyoming. Dad decided to go up there and thin beets, ‘cause he could work the whole family that way. And they were furnishing transportation. They had rented a train car for the help to go up there on. We piled into that car and went to Wyoming.

Q. He must have had an awful struggle trying to raise and support all of you.

A. Wages for a man was three dollars a day, most of the time, when you could find a job. Mother was simply never able to do much of anything. She crocheted and sewed blocks and fussed around. She cooked meals most of the time, but sometimes she wasn’t able to even do that.

Q. Where did you go in Wyoming?

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