Oral Histories

Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt

b. 1908

Ruby Zufelt

Q. Now who was Rose?

A. Clarence’s (and Alta Larsen Tangreen’s) daughter. She was a little younger than me, but she had three little kids. She died with the last baby. She said, “I wish you was my mother.” I said, “Well, we’ll just play I am and we’ll be fine.”

Q. You took care of her?

A. She had two little girls and she’d come up to the house everyday about 11:00 o’clock. in time for dinner. I didn’t have anything. That was about the time Lenore was born. I had a garden and a charge account, but I was awful careful, because I knew that I couldn’t get more than thirty dollars worth of anything. Not that much because, of course, Clarence had to have his tobacco and whatever. But she’d come up everyday about 11:00 and have dinner and then she’d stay until after supper. Then she’d have to leave right quick to get her kids to bed, and leave the dishes for me to do, too. But she was a sweetheart and those kids were very precious. That was before we went to Tropic, ‘cause she died the winter we were in Tropic and there was five foot of snow and we came to the funeral. She was married to a Darrow. Anyway, she is buried in that lot. Helen’s mother died. That’s the youngest of those three girls of Clarence’s (and Alta’s). When her mother died, she brought her over here and buried her in the lot. She had to buy the lot, ‘cause it hadn’t been paid for. Then when my Del died, I went to Burke (Taylor) to try and find a lot. He asked me if I wanted the new cemetery or the old one. I said I would rather have it in the old cemetery, but there isn’t any room left there. He said, “There is a lot and it’s a lot bigger than it used to be.” He said, “When Helen’s mother died, Helen had to finish paying for it. She hasn’t got any relatives that would want to use it, has she?” I said, “No, I don’t think so. Helen’s sons said they wouldn’t.” This cemetery plot was originally bought by Clarence Tangreen, but not completely paid for. Helen is Clarence’s daughter by a previous marriage. So it is now a family plot.

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