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Title Pearl Baker: Interviewed by John McFarlane
Subject Authors; Teachers; Librarians; Cowgirls; Ranchers
Spatial Coverage Green River (Utah); Emery County (Utah); San Rafael Desert (Utah)
Personal Names Baker, Pearl Biddlecomb (1907-1992)
Description Oral history interview of Pearl Baker, recounting reminicences of Southeastern Utah.
Creator Baker, Pearl Biddlecomb (1907-1992)
Publisher Utah State Historical Society and California State University, Fullerton
Contributors McFarlane, John
Date Digital 2004-07-09
Date 1971-07-09
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Format Creation Scanned at 400ppi on an Epson Expression 1630XL flatbed scanner. Files saved as uncompressed TIFF and re-sized to JPEG using PhotoShop CS.
Source Original booklet: Pearl Baker: Interviewed by John McFarlane.
Language eng
Relation Southeastern Utah Oral History Project, sponsored by Utah State Historical Society and California State University, Fullerton Oral History Program. O.H. 726
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2004, Green River Public Library. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution Green River Public Library, 85 South Long St., Green River, UT 84525
Source Physical Dimensions 8.5" x 11"
Scanning Technician Nima Rakhsha
Metadata Cataloger Denice Hoffman, Kenning Arlitsch
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Date Created 2004-07-09
Date Modified 2004-07-09
ID 317725
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Description BAKER 11 And I said, "Well, why?" "Well, she couldn't understand the kids and she couldn't understand the parents and she was just very unhappy." I understood the children thoroughly We got along fine and quite often I would glance out and a parent would be sitting out on the doorstep because the schoolhouse was on the way to the post office. They would go down and get the mail and come back and sit on the doorstep a little while to rest, just kind of listen to what was going on inside. Sometimes they came in and sometimes they didn't. I made it clear to the parents that I was not a teacher and quite often I didn't approve of the things that I did, and I'm sure that quite often they wouldn't have approved, but we were going to do the best we could and get the kids an education if at all possible. It was while I was there that I developed this grammar course. Of course, I've added to it from time to time and while I was in New Mexico I really combed it out. I have a grammar course including training aids of little manipulative devices that could revolutionize grammar in high school but I don't have a Ph.D., so in all probability, it will never get off the ground. Isn't it a shame to have all the answers when nobody asks you a question? (laughter) M: Mrs. Baker, can you relate any of these stories that you heard about the parties held down at the mill or by the mill people? B: Yes. Naturally, in a community as small as that there will be the classic woman who can't cook, when everything that she cooks is either questionable or downright dangerous. So they tell the story about the fellows who were playing, or tootling, on the guitar and other music instruments, and one of them said, "Here you take this guitar for a little while. I saw my dog eat one of this woman's cookies and go underneath the table and I would like to check on him; I'm not sure he can cope with it." (laughter) A lot of them drank but not immoderately. Now when this teacher from Idaho came to go down there, her husband stopped to see me and said, "We understand that you have been down to Hite. We stopped and talked to someone up here who told us that it was nothing but a drunken brawl day after day down there." When I found out who had said that I said, "Yes, for him, it was, because he didn't get out of the beer joint. But I want you to know there are some fine families down there and the children are delightful because they are children who are self-reliant and upstanding. It wasn't a drunken brawl all the way along, although, there were people who were that way."
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Source Original booklet: Pearl Baker: Interviewed by John McFarlane
Setname gr_pbb
Date Created 2005-03-18
Date Modified 2005-03-18
ID 317707
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