Written History of Doris Elizabeth Nay


In my second year of high school I went to Overton, they decided that the second year was all right there.  Our ranch was 3 miles from town.  There were no cars much in those days and we’d have to go by horseback or buggy to Saint Thomas.  So we rented a little place in Saint Thomas.  Mother let my sister Louise and I stay there most of the time.  She came over once in a while.  We stayed and rode the little school bus from there to Overton into high school.  I remember, one morning we were getting ready for school and our back door opened and an old squaw called Curly was in the door asking for bread.  She scared Louise so much, she started to scream.  I told Louise I knew she wouldn’t hurt us, as I’d heard she went around begging, so I gave her some of the bread we had and she went off grinning at us.  My sister was in eighth grade which they had up there, too, at that time.  I was in second year high.

That’s when I played basketball and volleyball.  My teacher Miss Mann, Marjorie Mann, was athletic and she loved to get out and play with us girls.  I think she was a real good for us because she did take part with us.  We all loved her.

The people of Saint Thomas were wonderful people.  They always made us feel welcome and happy we had moved into their town.  It was a pleasure to attend Sunday school and church.  We had lived in many places where this was not possible, because of the distance from towns.  We girls had some dear friends living in town and were permitted to visit with them over night sometimes, also have them come out to the ranch and have a sleeping party with us.  We would wade in the Virgin and slide down the haystacks and did many things they didn’t have to do in town.

My closest and dearest girlfriend was Laura Gentry.  Her folks ran the store and hotel in town.  I worked and helped her there at the hotel.  Some evenings I would get her to play the piano and she was good at singing too.  I really enjoyed it.  Laura like to ride horses and do the same kinds of things I did, I guess that is the reason we hit it off so well.  We stayed good friends all through the years.

I loved ranch life and horses and dogs.  I believe I learned to ride when I was 12.  From then on I’d live on a horse if they’d let me.  I really liked horseback riding.  All through my teens we lived where it was necessary to have horses because that’s the way we traveled.

In fact when I was 16, I wanted to go to a dance in Overton.  Mother said, “Well how will you go?  No one has time to take you in the buggy and Dad needs it.”

I said, “Well I can take my saddle horse, can’t I and go that way. ”

” I don’t know how you can go to a dance and ride.  You’d have to ride quite a ways.”

” I’ll take a shortcut up over the mesa that will bring me right into Overton.”

She said, “Well what are you going to do for a dress and where to get ready?”

“We’ve got friends in Overton.  I’ll go to their place to get ready.”

So I put my dress carefully in a sack and tied onto the back of my saddle, went over, got to their place and got ready for the dance and had a wonderful time.

I loved to dance.  Most of our parties would be outdoor parties, we called them Dutch oven cookouts.  The boys would furnish the chickens and cook them for us.  We played outdoor games; we all seemed to love those.  We made our own recreation.  The dances were sort of planned.  They had to stop at 12:00 sharp and we always had a floor manager.  We usually had two violins, maybe a drum, I can’t remember for sure.  You see the same people that played in Overton would come down to Saint Thomas and play.  I think we had more fun than kids do now days.  I told my children that when they were growing up.  They didn’t know how to make their fun like we did.


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