Dolores Short from Wildwood Canyon Villa
Dolores Short - Dolores and Her Family
Interviewer: Dolores tell me about the history of your family. Where did your mother and father come from and what did they do?
Dolores: They came from Missouri and they were ranchers.
Interviewer: Both of them?
Dolores: My mother cooked on the ranch
Interviewer: When and where were you born?
Dolores: Buffalo, Wyoming
Interviewer: Oh Wyoming is it cold over there?
Dolores: Very cold
Interviewer: What day were you born? What year?
Dolores: 1935, August 29
Interviewer: A special day! How did you come to live in this area?
Dolores: Well I came to Arizona to live with my friends and I met my sweetheart
Interviewer: How long were you and your sweetheart married?
Dolores: 50 years
Dolores Short - Dolores’ First Job
Interviewer: When you were young what was the age that children started working?
Dolores: Well I started I think in the eighth grade washing glasses at the restaurant.
Interviewer: Oh so you guys were young! How did you spend your earnings?
Dolores: Clothes and junk.
Interviewer: Do you share your parents values?
Dolores: Very much. They had very good standard values.
Interviewer: What religion were your parents?
Interviewer: What is your religion?
Dolores: Assembly of God.
Interviewer: Did you ever change religions?
Dolores: When I was in high school.
Interviewer: You changed? Why?
Dolores: Well I just knew these friends and I wanted more from the Lord and they had a handsome young man.
Interviewer: Who was the most influential to you in your home? Your mother, your father?
Dolores: Well my mother was the one that bossed me and my daddy was very meek and quiet.
Dolores Short - Dolores Leaves Home
Interviewer: When did you leave your parents home?
Dolores: Well, what was I 23?
Interviewer: How did you get your first job?
Dolores: My mom was working at this restaurant washing dishes and they got me the job.
Interviewer: What did you like about school? Be honest!
Dolores: I enjoyed my friendship with the girls and the boys. I didn’t like to study though.
Interviewer: No one does. What are your favorite memories of your childhood and what are
your worst memories?
Dolores: When I fell off the horse when I was a little girl.
Interviewer: That was your worst one?
Dolores: It affected my back ever since.
Interviewer: And what was your favorite memory?
Dolores: Falling on my brother and I would get in trouble and he wouldn’t.
Interviewer: Did you ever get married?
Interviewer: What was your husband's name?
Dolores: Robert Max
Interviewer: Why did you marry him?
Dolores: Because I loved him!
Interviewer: How did you meet him?
Dolores: I was living with these friends and we met through church.
Interviewer: He was a special guy huh?
Dolores: He was a special guy. He had asked me three times to marry him before I answered.
Interviewer: So you were still stubborn back then?
Dolores: I don’t know if it was stubborn or scared to death.
Interviewer: How old were you when he asked you to marry him?
Interviewer: Oh you were still young!
Dolores Short - Dolores’ Adult Life
Interviewer: How did your life as an adult differ from what you imagined it would be before you were on your own?
Dolores: I don’t know pretty much the same. Get married and have babies
Interviewer: That’s what you imagined your life as? What did you resent having to do in your life?
Dolores: Doing dishes when I was a little girl.
Interviewer: Did you have a nickname?
Dolores: Oh my goodness, I don’t wanna tell you that!
Interviewer: Why?! Tell me your nickname!
Interviewer: Flossy?! Who gave you that nickname?
Dolores: I don’t remember.
Interviewer: You don’t remember who gave it to you? And why? Were you so flossy? What jobs did you work at the longest?
Dolores: I think waiting tables.
Interviewer: That was your longest job?
Dolores: Well I worked in the dime store but yeah I think so.
Interviewer: What did you like about working? And what did you dislike?
Dolores: I liked it when the people were nice. I didn’t like it when they were crabby.
Transcription and Audio Edit by Ileana Chavez.