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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 4 In 192 7 he gathered and sold all but a few cattle and he died in 1928. My husband and I bought the ranch in 1929 and my husband lived only two months after the papers were signed. At the time they were signed he was ill. He'd been leading a horse and the knot of the rope bruised his leg. A deep bone infection set in and he went to a doctor who gave him rheumatism medicine and it spread the infection through his system and he died from it that fall, in September. I ran the ranch until about 1934 and I remarried In 19 39 we sold the ranch to my brother-in-law and sister and we went to Oregon. My brother-in-law and sister ran it until her death a couple of years ago. It still belongs to my brother-in-law. M: Can you remember some of the people who worked on the river before the uranium boom? B: At Hite? Oh, yes. For some reason Art Chaffin went down there. He developed the first ferry across the river and it was he who took over the old holdings of the Hite Brothers and Gibbons and put the fields back into cultivation. He put a dam in at Trachyte and made irrigation water possible there. Art planted fruit trees, fig trees, nut trees, and grapes and developed a beautiful ranch there. I knew Bert Loper very well; he spent several years at Red Canyon leaving there in about 1914. I didn't know the other Hites but I knew Fred Gibbons who was the Gibbons with the Hites down there. There were lots of people who went to Hite. I knew Billy Hay very well. Do you have any material on Billy Hay? Oh, he was one of the most colorful people in the world! He was an Irishman who had come to this country after he had been trained for the ministry. He had been educated as a priest and for some reason or other he left and came to America before he was ordained. He was well-educated, although he did everything to deny, all the rest of his life, what he could do. He talked with a very broad Irish twang. Somebody tells about meeting Billy Hay going down North Wash and asking,"Where are you going?" Well, he was going down on the Colorado River. He'd gotten into some kind of trouble with the law up in Wayne County and he said, "If you see anybody who asks you about Billy Hay tell him he's gone down in the Col-w-raddo River." (Said in an Irish accent) He always wanted to be buried in a Mormon cemetery because "that was the last place the divvil would look for an Irishman." He is buried at Hanks-ville. He died at Riter Ekker's place and he is buried in a Mormon cemetery. He had worked up and down the Colorado River with the Chaffins a great deal.
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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 317700
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