In Snowville, Utah during the 1930s it didn’t take much money to have a good time with friends.  Cleo and her girlfriends would usually take walks, and then when they got tired, they’d go home, eat deviled ham sandwiches with cocoa, and play Rook.  A loaf of bread and a can of deviled ham were only a nickel each.  They also loved to ride horses up into the nearby woods that they called The Cedars.  They would ride, talk and sometimes race their horses.  Cleo had an old horse named Tony that could never be beat.  Going to dances, school functions, church and so on were all excuses to be with friends.  Cleo’s brother taught her to dance and would escort her.  He would tell her, “Sister, when you’re dancing hold yourself up straight and dance nice.  It looks lots more graceful that way.”


Love at First Sight?

valentine-1930sBoyd Fergus and Cleone Cutler fell in love at a dance in Stone, Idaho, on New Year’s Eve in 1935.  Boyd was 23 and Cleo was 17 years old.  Cleo noticed a friend dancing with a really handsome fellow named Boyd Fergus.  She definitely knew who he was, but he didn’t pay any attention to her so she coaxed her friend into introducing them.  Cleo liked him right from the start and they danced and danced for the rest of the evening.  He offered to bring her home, but she had come to the dance with one of his cousins and didn’t feel right about ditching him.  They arranged to meet the next night however, at a dance and chili feed in Snowville, Utah.  Their favorite tune that night was The Waltz You Saved For Me.  Whenever that waltz was played, no matter who they were with, Boyd would come for her and they would dance together.

Click here to listen to a version of the song: The Waltz You Saved For Me

Between the two of them, they were related to most of the people in the Snowville, so they had a wonderful time talking with friends, dancing, and eating chili.  When they finally arrived home late that night, he kissed her.  The tender moment was interrupted by Cleo’s father who stepped out on the porch and said, “Sister, it’s late enough.” Cleo quickly got out of the car.  Boyd swept her off her feet and carried her across the bridge and ditch.  Then he told her, “I’ll see you tomorrow.”  From then on, Cleo could think of nothing else; she was in love.  Everyday after that, Boyd and Cleo found an excuse to be together, whether it was walking around town and talking, or just being with friends. The couple got engaged February 15, 1935.