Oral Histories

Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt

b. 1908

Ruby Zufelt

A. Wheatland. I had to quit my job at the boarding house. I had a boy friend that took me to the theater and places there. He went out to see me one day, and we were gone. He found us at the train station long enough to say goodbye.

Q. Do you remember his name?

A. Harry Hosmer. He was real nice. Mother got a job taking care of this lady who had hiccups so bad that she couldn’t do anything. Dad was working for the farmer, and he had a little two room shack that we lived in. I was chief cook and bottle washer, as well as baby sitter for the kids. I had to do laundry and everything, get the meals and take care of the baby. Then Dad wanted me to go pitch hay with ‘im, be a man. I told him I wouldn’t do it.

Q. Is that the first job you refused?

A. Yeah. I was only sixteen, but he thought I should go out and pitch hay, ‘cause I was strong and able to do most anything. But I wasn’t going to go out and pitch hay with a bunch of men. They got the hay up.

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