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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 17 Our main problem was just in the sheer mechanics of living. One of the wells that was drilled with a sand point went down probably into the fan of gravel from Farleys. That's what we decided. Now, that water was good, but some of the water wasn't very good and of course we had no electricity. The mill could have put in electricity and finally they did but for a long time we just had gasoline and kerosene lamps. We never had any telephones or any communication anywhere. Nobody had modern homes until they did have the electricity. Myron and Eloise had a modern home and I had running water in one of the houses that I lived in, so it wasn't too bad. In the beginning, we all went over to the pump at the store to get our water. Some of the time, some of them lived quite a little distance from the store but then they started to get other wells in. Living conditions were rather crude but we did have one advantage; we had butane. The mill would sell butane and of course it sold only to the employees of the mill. But the fellows saw that I had butane, too. So we didn't have to rustle wood down there where you only have willow trees. There were no cotton-woods on the bottom there, just willows and tamaracks. Rustling wood would have been a problem unless you had a pickup to go into the juniper and pinon country to get it. M: Do you have knowledge about whether or not the working conditions at the mill were safe? B: Well, they didn't hurt anybody, so I'm assuming that the working conditions were pretty good. It seemed to be rather dirty. Their clothing would have the yellow cake on or they would be rather dirty. One time the mill foreman, Chink Davis, took me up to the Happy Jack Mine, just as a little trip, and on the way he commented rather slyly that he didn't know about this mill or this mining uranium. They didn't know enough about it and he wondered if a man should do it. They said that the mill would sterilize men and he didn't know if it was a good idea to work there or not. I looked at him in amazement. Not only was his wife, but five other wives of the small community were just as pregnant as they could be. I said, "If that's the case, Chink, then you have the wrong man working at the mill. There's somebody circulating around out there that you'd better haul in and give a job to." There were a few people there who didn't work in the mill, who went down there for the very highly extolled winter weather from which I came nearer to freezing than I ever did in my life.
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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 317713
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