Discussion with Herman Coburn on December 31, 1995
Contributor: BarbaraLeishman Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Herman was too young to remember the great depression, but his earliest memory is being pulled behind horses on a bobsled. His father was one of the first, if not the very first to own a car in his town, Welford, Idaho. He had to go down to Logan, Utah to get it. Herman's father was a farmer. His brother inherited the land, and his wife now lives there where their children run the farm. His brother died after remaining in a coma for 13 years. Herman was also a farmer, raising sugar beets and other crops. He also raised cattle, not for milking because his father did that and he was tired of it.
He met Naoma Galloway when he was twelve; they went to the same school. During the war, three of his brothers went to serve while he stayed home to help his father because "this country needs to eat."
When he was younger, he liked to climb a place called "Rattlesnake Ridge," a mountain close to his home that had more rattlesnakes than anyone could imagine. He was terrified of rattlesnakes, and said he'd "rather meet a mountain lion than a rattlesnake." Next to Rattlesnake Ridge was another man's land with a herd of sheep, which Herman and his friends liked to go bother. One day the sheep owner showed Herman a noose, and threatened that he'd hang them all if he caught them bothering the sheep again. Herman thought twice before he bothered the sheep again.
When he was in high school, he was one of the best basketball players, and also enjoyed boxing. He said he had to fight many of Naoma's boyfriends before he finally won her.