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The speaker is a 70-year-old White woman with a high school education from Cedar City, Utah; she was recorded in 1968.



County: Iron
State: UT

Commentary:
Cedar City is the largest city in Iron County, with a present-day population of almost 29,000. It was settled in 1851 by Mormon pioneers sent by the church to build an iron works. Although the iron works did not succeed, the settlement grew and became an agricultural community. Good hunting conditions and the proximity of national parks and forests later made tourism an important part of the local economy. In this segment the speaker talks about the history of the house in which she grew up and still lives.
Inf: Well, it was built around eighteen, uh, sixty-four [FW: Mm-hmm]. Because my father was born in this room here where we???re talking [FW: Mm-hmm]. And it was, it???s built of dobe [=adobe].

FW: Did your grandparents build it then, when they came here from out East?

Inf: Yes, my grandfather [FW: I see], so that when they came to Utah.

FW: What was it like then? How was it different from the way it is now? It???s still in a very good shape.

Inf: Well we, uh, when we first moved here, we took out the two big fireplaces that they used to heat the house [FW: Mm-hmm]. And then underneath the floor they had a, they stored their vegetables and things.

FW: Mm-hmm. Was this the cellar?

Inf: Yes [FW: Uh-huh]. And then besides that, they used to have a granary that was built, not far from the house, that they stored their grain and-, in, in the fall.

FW: Oh, I see. Were the two fireplaces, I think you said, the only source of heating for the whole house?

Inf: They had a funny little stove in the back part of the house that they cooked on [FW: Uh-huh]. They didn???t have any running water, no toilet, no bath.

FW: Mm-kay. And this has been now, in your family ever since then, this house?

Inf: Yes, it has.

FW: And you???ve remodeled it s-, somewhat since then?

Inf: Yes. We took out the fireplaces and put these windows in, but the windows in the bedroom there are the original ones that was there when the house was built.

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