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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 Now, the Chaffins mined about the turn of the century. They placer mined on the Colorado River, widely. Bill Chaffin and Lou Chaffin, Art's brothers, were together down there and their father was with them one winter. I have heard Lou Chaffin's wife tell about when he came out. He didn't want to die on the river and he felt that his time was pretty much up on him and he wanted to come out so they started. It was just before Faun was born and Lou didn't want Alice to stay on the river any longer because he didn't think it was safe. So he sent Alice and a friend of hers, a woman who was down there with them-I can't recall now who it was-but he sent the two women in a buckboard and the old gentleman drove. Then to get the supplies, I think, Bill Chaffin was along with the four-horse team and wagon. The old gentleman would sit up there and drive. They knew he was terribly, terribly ill but he wanted to get to a spring where a few years before he had met the messenger who had brought him the news of his wife's death. He just kept them going until way in the middle of the night; he was so determined that they just went along with him. After they got to this spring, the girls made their bed in the buggy-I think he was lying on the ground. Alice was a beautiful singer and he asked her to sing a special song so she sang that song. They all went to sleep and in the night the son checked on the old man and he was dead. So I think they took him into Notom and he's buried in Wayne County somewhere. It was a most moving thing to hear Alice tell the story. Another story that Alice told about when they were down there was when Faun was a baby. It was in the spring and they wanted to come out but they had to come up the falls at Smith Fork and they couldn't pull a boat up over it. They tried several times. They'd get almost to the top and then they could not pull the boat up over it and they would just let the boat back down over the riffle. Alice was so frightened, so terribly frightened. She had Faun in her arms in this little white dress and she finally cuddled her face down in the baby's clothes and didn't look up again. After several unsuccessful efforts, they finally were able to pull up over the falls and come out. Lou spent a lot of time down there and so did Alice. She enjoyed it tremendously. She and this friend of hers did the cooking for the crew. They had several men working down there; they made good money washing gold out of the bars. Now Cass Hite always said-he could see the bar that he washed from his doorway-that he was the richest man in
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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 317701
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