Our People: Pioneer of the Year

Evelyn Cater has truly earned her 2013 Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year title. To be eligible for the annual award, one must be a resident of the county for at least 40 years.

Courtesy photo Oliver and Evelyn Cater shortly after their wedding day in 1944.

Courtesy photo
Oliver and Evelyn Cater shortly after their wedding day in 1944.

Cater was born just south of Elida on July 9, 1922, to Silas and Alice McCabe. She graduated from Elida High School in 1940, and married Oliver Cater on May 4, 1944, in Kenna

They settled just south of Elida in 1947, in the same house and on the same land on which Cater still lives today.

 

What do you like about living in roosevelt county?

It is a wonderful place to live. The biggest drawback is dry weather.

What music did you listen to when you were younger?

It’s been a long time. I don’t remember much of them. We had a song we used to dance to called “Wabash Cannonball.”

What were your hobbies as a young woman?

Back when I was young, one of my favorite things to do was dance. There was a dance hall in Elida back then, and almost every weekend there would be dances. It was a lot of old-timey western music. We also used to have picture shows on Saturdays, where they would show westerns.

What is your favorite dessert?

Well I like them all. I really like a good peach cobbler.

Tell me about mr. Cater:

After we married he went to the Army for two years. He was stationed in Japan, where he was a combat engineer. He built bridges and roads. After he came back, he started working on a ranch. We raised Hereford cattle. Oliver passed in 1998. We had Gary in 1951, and he attended Elida schools and Eastern New Mexico University. Right now Gary is retired and runs a ranch and farm.

Courtesy photo Evelyn Cater at the 2013 Roosevelt County Fair with her Pioneer of the Year plaque.

Courtesy photo
Evelyn Cater at the 2013 Roosevelt County Fair with her Pioneer of the Year plaque.

If you could go on a vacation anywhere for a week, where would it be?

When I was younger, I used to love going on vacation to San Diego. My sister lived their for a long time, and we visited her and we loved going to the zoo there. They have a really nice zoo.

When did you find out that you won Pioneer of the year, how did you feel?

I thought it was great. It was wonderful that I could make it out there and see everyone. My grandson, Terry Cater, gave a wonderful speech.

— Compiled by CMI staff writer Eric Norwood Jr.