Oral Histories

Ruby Ray Tangreen Zufelt

b. 1908

Ruby Zufelt

The next year Dad had typhoid fever and was in the hospital. Mother took in boarders to make ends meet, while he was gone. She had quite a few boarders, maybe six. She let me wash the dishes. She put the dishpan down on the bench we used to sit on. I washed them and dried them and had to reach up and put them on the cabinet. She give me a quarter one time to get a can of tomatoes in the cellar. The cellar opened off the back door into the cellar.

I remember having the croup there. I don’t remember being sick. I just remember being bundled up and Mother making me sit in a chair. She said I had the croup. I didn’t realize I was sick, but she kept me bundled up.

When I had my tonsils out, I was wrapped up in a sheet on the kitchen table and the doctor was there. I never could stand the smell of chloroform. After I got older, Mother had some chickens out east of Monticello and sprinkled them with louse power. It smelled like chloroform and I couldn’t stand the smell of it.

When I was little and living in the tent house, I remember Aunt Ruby was staying with us for a while. She took me up on the hill on kind of a cliff overhang. We was sittin’ up there and we could hear the church music and the people singing from the church on Sunday. It was quite an adventure, just getting up there and hearing the Sunday school songs.

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