Oral Histories

Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt

b. 1908

Ruby Zufelt

Q. You have made a lot of people happy with your afghans, haven’t you?

A. Oh, a few. I give quite a few away. The other day we had a fellow come and do the sprinkling system. He come in to get paid and I had yarn all over the floor. I said, “I’ve made a lot of afghans, too.” I opened the closet and showed him and he said, “Would you sell one?” I said, “Well, I guess so, I think I have plenty.” So he picked one out and said, “How much do you want for it?” I had to think about how much yarn was in it, and then I told him $20.00. He brought me the money just yesterday.

Q. That wouldn’t have been enough money, would it?

A. Not any more than enough, that’s for sure.

Q. You ought to get $50-$100 for those.

A. Nah.

Q. That was all your love thrown in, huh?

A. I told him he could have a rug, too. I give him the rug. He took it home and he really liked them.

Q. How many rugs have you made?

A. Oh, maybe eight or ten. (Ruby’s great grandmother brought the pattern for these rugs from Scotland. Her mother had one from before she was married. She made another one later when Ruby was about thirteen years old. Ruby helped sew this one and has made several since that time.)

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