Oral Histories

Primary Subject: Early Moab

Fern Wood


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Hannah Pittman


Hannah Pittman was a nurse in Grand County for thirty-eight years. She worked at the Grand County Hospital upon moving to Moab in 1939, and was later a school nurse and a member of the local Red Cross chapter, among many other non-health related involvements as well. She served as the Public Health Nurse for Grand County from 1956 until 1977, and in 1974 was awarded “Most Outstanding Public Woman Employee in Southeast Utah”.

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Mitch Williams

Mitch Williams

b. 1916

Dad was a cowboy, so travelling on horseback didn’t bother him. When he would go to Paradox from Moab to visit patients, he went right up through South Pass in the La Sal Mountains, which is very steep. He travelled to see patients in Paradox Valley , Monticello, Hanksville, Thompson and Cisco and many ranches, cow camps, mines, etc. Papa had special saddlebags made to go on the saddle to hold the medicine bottles on each side. They are now in the Moab museum.

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Pete Byrd

Dennis E. “Pete” Byrd, Sr.

b.1921

Buddy Cowger was checking some rocks that his kids had brought in. Charlie says “I got some that good” and so he went out and got these cores out of his old red Jeep. He brought them in there and Buddy put the counter on them and nobody had ever seen anything that hot before. When Charlie saw it he took off running, screaming to his wife, who was about 100 yards away, “We’re rich, we’re rich” and he ran right through a clothesline full of clothes and broke it down.

 

 

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Blankenagel, Norma P.

b.1930

They thought the La Sals were the Elk Mountains and this is why it (the fort) is called the Elk Mountain Mission. The Elks are much further south towards Blanding. This group was lead by Alfred Billings, and I think there were about thirteen men in it…

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