||BAKER 10 the truck did burn up, but anyway, during the hassle around there he lost his wedding ring. And the wedding ring was kind of precious to him. I remember that about his truck. He finally got a plane and flew in and out. Then after the mill closed there wasn't anything to keep him there anymore so he put in more time and effort at the Fry Canyon store. Then they went to Mexican Hat and built a store. From Mexican Hat they went out on the reservation and he built a fabulous trading post at Baby Rocks, which is twelve miles east of Kayenta. The Ferrees and I are very dear friends and I go to see them once in awhile and we relive the White Canyon days with a great deal of enjoyment. The Ferrees and the Barretts were very close. After the mill went in, why, Frank built a little place down near the store and Ethel often ran the store. In fact, before Eloise moved down there, I think Ethel put in an awful lot of time at the store. We didn't have too many miners but there were lots of mill people and some of the mill people maybe went on to better things. M: Can we talk a little bit about the social life and some of the parties you had down there? B: Actually, I got in a little late on the parties; they weren't having parties much when I was there. I remember the first Christmas I was there. I was trying to play violin accompaniment to our Christmas carols and I was so cold. We had a big bonfire outside and everybody made a point of, "Oh! This wonderful climate of Hite." Well, I thought it was terribly overestimated. My hands were so cold that I couldn't really get the notes but nobody was listening to me anyway. The kids were running around there barefooted. Later, that very way of life almost ruined my teaching career. I made up my mind the kids were going to have to wear shoes to school. I said, "Now, just don't come to school barefooted because I'll send you home if you do." So the Dan Millers moved out because nobody was going to tell him whether his kids could go barefooted or not. It tore up the school and almost ruined my teaching career because I practically didn't have any kids left-but they wore shoes to school. (laughter) Mind you, the children were this extroverted type, too. Ethel told me when I went down to teach at White Canyon the first time, "Pearl, I hope you get along better than the teacher we had last year." I said, "Why, what happened?" She said, "Well, she cried all winter. She just cried all winter long."