||BAKER 14 B: Oh, we look back on it as one of the most memorable times of our lives! We all do I We all look back on it as being the happiest time of our life because we were ourselves. Nobody tried to impress anybody else. There wasn't any point in it. We are very close yet. There is a small group of us who are very close. Now, I made the rounds this spring. I went up to Wyoming and saw the Caseys. I went down to Glendale, Utah, and saw the Ruben Nielsons who are very, very old residents on the river. They had a beautiful place down there and they have done hundreds of dollars' worth of planting. Of course, they were paid for it, but it was their life's work. Being paid for it didn't quite cover it all. They had vast orchards and grape arbors and things of that kind. In fact, they tell a story about Beth. She'd take people to show them the grapes and she'd say, "Don't just stand there, pinch." Because if you pinch part of the grape cluster out, then the rest that were left were larger, nicer grapes. M: Where did you get the funds for the supplies for the school? B: The school over there was managed out of Blanding. Mr. Black was the school superintendent and he lived in Blanding I think, at that time, he was the principal of the high school there. The supplies, the books and things, came from Monticello, from San Juan County. Mrs. Adams-her husband is an attorney over there-was the elementary supervisor for the county and she made a few trips down there and would bring us different library books. The children were all great readers. There wasn't very much else for them to do, so they all read a great deal. M: You said these children were individuals. Now, could you comment about their behavior in school? Were they kind of a wild bunch, were they practical jokers or . . .? B: No, we didn't put up with any of that nonsense. We were businesslike in school. Not to the degree that any child was ever expected to do more than he could but he was expected to work, and they did work. In school they called me Mrs. Baker, off the school and out of school, I was Pearl, because their parents called me that. But I said, "The school board insists that I be called Mrs. Baker in school, and so that's the way we'll do it and then off school I'm Pearl." Okay, fine. I said, "We just kind of have to carry this on like a school business. Maybe I don't agree with all of it, maybe you don't agree with all of it, but that's the way we have to do it because we have to have some kind of order. They put me down here to keep order to the best of my ability and I'm going to do it."