Oral Histories

Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt

b. 1908

Ruby 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.

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