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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 23 social security because he didn't believe in it. His parents were from Minnesota or Michigan and they were both college teachers. As he grew up, he was completely outside the social structure and he just plain took to the woods when he was very young. Then he studied mystic and psychic things and he came west when he was a young man in his early twenties. He spent quite a bit of time with the Hopi Indians. Then he went to California and he was in some kind of a cult down there. He married a woman who was a great deal older than he and she came up here and spent some time up in this area with him. In fact, I have heard Art Green say that he felt awfully sorry for her because there was actually no future with Craig and she was so devoted to him. So the year that I ran the trading post and the post office, Georgie White came by and said, "Why don't you come down the river with me?" He was the boatman on that trip and although I had talked to Craig before and had known him, I never got really acquainted with him until on that boat trip. He was perfectly terrific. His mystic and mental powers were way above the average. I admired him very much. There were a number of young people on the trip and the parents came to me and said, "You know this man. Is it all right for the children to follow him like they do?" Craig didn't have a moment's privacy. At Warm Springs, he washed his hair and the kids sat around and watched him wash it with the soap weed root and everything. They were just enthralled, both the boys and the girls. There were about six or eight of them on that trip and Craig didn't draw a breath that those kids weren't right there with him. I said, "I can't believe that they would ever learn anything wrong from Craig because his heart is good. He is all right." After we came back from the trip and Myron leased the place there, I was sort of wandering around loose, wondering what I was going to do. Craig wanted to go to Colorado I was writing a Hopi story which never got off the ground and he came over to comment on it. Then I said, "I'll take you up to Fry Canyon and you can get a ride out." When we got to Fry Canyon, Craig and I had gotten into rather deep, philosophical discussions and I was having a ball. I was learning more from Craig than I could have learned from any book I could have read because he had been there; he had read the books. He had been involved with the Indians' mysticism to a degree no white man I ever knew had been. While I was aware of their beliefs and aware they are a very deeply religious people and attuned to nature, I had no way of getting any of this information. I was getting it from Craig. So when we got up to Fry Canyon I said, "I'll take you on up to Monticello because I still want to talk to you." And he
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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 317719
Reference URL