Oral Histories

Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt

b. 1908

Ruby Zufelt

Q. What about things you’ve made in your life, the things you’ve sewed and given away, the dolls you’ve dressed?

A. Doug come by the other day. I said, “Look around this place and see if there is anything you’d like to have?” He looked around and said, “Well, I’d like to have one of those little dolls you made for Christmas one year, that sit on the roll of toilet paper.” I had one in on the toilet in my bathroom. It was faded on the skirt, so I took it off and turned it wrong-side-out, then put it back on. I got it for him. I couldn’t find a doll to make a new one.

Q. That must have been a childhood memory of his.

A. No, Delma took theirs when she left him. That was the only thing he wanted that I gave him for Christmas. I made them for all the kids at Christmas, and that was the one thing he wanted. She got about everything they had, even that little doll. When they got their divorce I spoke to her and said, “You were my daughter for forty years.” Her eyes got teary and she gave me a good love, but I haven’t seen her anymore since.

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