Saturday, February 16, 2013

Duckwater: Our first Home was Small

I started working for the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe a week before I was married to Sheri.  That was an eventful week.  I didn't have a place to stay, so spent the first couple nights at the Currant Creek Campground.  That water was cold for shaving.  For some reason there was not a place available on the reservation, but I found a place at a ranch house about 10 miles away.  It belonged to Butch and Jan Halstead.  But it was a ranch house, and very small. It was basically two rooms.  The kitchen and living room were together, as were the bedroom and bathroom, with a curtain covering the bathroom.  The bedroom was all bed with just a foot walkway between the bed and closet.
The other thing that happened that first week is I made a trip to Elko in my Escort.  This was over the back roads, which were very rough getting to Eureka.  On the way back is punctured the gas tank.   If it hadn't been for Butch I would have been sunk, because even though I made it to there house, I really didn't know what to do from there.  We saved enough gas, and then stopped the leak with soap and gum.  I was able to get it to Ely for repair.
When we moved into that first house, there was a radio.  It wasn't until later that we purchased a t.v.  The radio picked a t.v. station however, so we listened to t.v.
Our first dog was Moriah, after the wind.  He did not survive Duckwater as he got in the habit of chasing sheep, and a local rancher took care of him.

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