Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt
We wrote to Dad general delivery, ‘cause he got there in three or four days, with just the girls on the train. He had a house rented and had groceries and things when we finally got there. I think we called him and he come and got us. He was working where there was a post office. Mother wrote to him from where we were and got a letter written back to him general delivery so he knew we were coming.
Q. What did you do in Bellingham?
Excerpt from The Courting Years of Ruby Ray:
I went to work in the canning factory, canning pears. You cored fifty half pears to a pan, and did two pans for six cents. I made about $2.60 per day. That was about standard wages. The new sugar factory was just opening up and Dad got on as a carpenter. He got me on as relief operator, so I did a different job every day for six days. That lasted a couple of months.
Back to the DeLong interview:
. . .After that, I worked for a lady who had an operation. She couldn’t get anyone to take care of her little kids. I was sixteen by then.