Oral Histories

Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt

b. 1908

Ruby Zufelt

Q. That would be hard to believe. He must not have had any schooling in mathematics.

A. He didn’t have any sense in anything. A quart of whiskey and a bunch of firecrackers with four kids almost starving, and his wife with no cloths, except when she could manage to get some material and sew some.

Q. Is that why his first wife left him? (His first wife was Alta Larsen Tangreen.)

A. Oh, I don’t know. I have no idea. She worked and she had three little kids and he never provided for them at all. He said he had Essie Larsen (Alta’s sister) make out an order for coats for them one year for Christmas, and he sent the order and paid for ‘em each a coat. They probably had coats, but Alta told ‘im she sent ‘em back and got the money. Well, I don’t blame her. She probably had to send them back and get the money.

Q. He just thought you could live on thin air, huh?

A. Those sheep were ready to lamb and they’re warm. Dil probably wanted the wool. Clarence got mad and quit and sold them to Charley Redd for $3.00 a head. Then he had the wagon and team to get rid of. He turned that over to Lucian and he traded ‘em or sold ‘em and give Clarence a little money, not much. Just can’t believe them dumb things he did. He took five dollars a month for his tobacco. I never saw five dollars, ever.

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