| K: So, you came in 1933? So you would have been
18 years old at that time.
K: And did you have any difficulty adjusting?
M: Well, no, I got along pretty good. I know that I can remember
wanting to buy a dress down at the company store, and my dad said,
“Well, we can’t afford that right now.” And he
said, “I just can’t afford to buy it for you.”
I said, “Well, I sure do need a new dress.”
And then he said, “Well, why don’t you find yourself
a job, then?” So I went downtown with my brother, and on the
way back we stopped at Smith’s root beer stand. The girl that
lived in the apartment next to me had worked there. Her name was
“You know,” I said, “my dad told me that I should
get a job if I wanted to buy this dress down there.”
And she said, “Well, Mary Ann, we need somebody to work here.”
So I said, “Do you think I could do it?”
She said, “Well, it’s car hop, [but] I’m sure
you can.” So I talked to Mr. Smith and I got a job and I went
home and told my dad.
I said, “Well, I’ve got a job. I can buy that dress.”
And that’s what I did. So then I started working there and
met a lot of the younger folks in the town. And every Saturday night
they had a dance. It was at the Legion Hall, which was where the
Park Service building is now on the corner of Wyoming and Nevada
Highway. Everybody went to that dance on Saturday night, and we
met a lot of the younger folks. And working, I found out more about
Boulder City, I think, than what I had known before.