People Profiles: Spirit & Grit

Carol Balsley Hines

Carol Balsley Hines

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Carol Balsley Hines

Carol Hines is the only daughter of Howard Balsley, the “Father of Uranium” and Jesse Trout Balsley. Carol’s life was filled with activity as wife of William Hines, as the mother of 9 adopted children, and as grand- and great-grandmother of their many descendants. She was a generous member or supporter of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Women’s Literary Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Women’s Federation, Community Theater, 4-H Club, Boy Scouts and the Latter-day Saints church. Recalling the resourcefulness required to live in Moab “back then,” Carol’s memories of building community span the days of horse-drawn transportation through the nuclear age.

 

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Essie White

Essie White

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Essie White

Essie Sophia Larsen White was born in 1915 to early Moab settlers George and Julia Larsen. Essie White was a horsewoman who loved riding, racing, and ranching, and especially her job as telephone operator for the Midland Telephone Company. She married George White and raised their family and livestock on an expansive ranch upriver from Moab. Eventually, the White Ranch became a prime location for filming Hollywood Westerns and the Whites helped start the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission (the world’s first). Today their ranch is known as Red Cliffs Lodge and houses the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage.

 

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Accomplished horsewoman Essie White tells Bettye Stanton how even as a child she wasn't afraid of anything as long as she was on the back of a horse.

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