RALPH RAYMOND BREEDEN
Researched and compiled by Faye Bell (SLC) 2013
Ralph Raymond Breeden was born (with his twin, Robert D Breeden) on September 22, 1925 in Casper, Natrona, Wyoming, the son of David and [Edna] Martha White Breeden. He grew up on a ranch on Upper Nowood and was there as a 4-year old along with his twin, his older brother Byron and two sisters, Elizabeth and Mayme Breeden in 1930 (U.S. census). He attended Ten Sleep schools and graduated from Ten Sleep H.S. ca. 1942. In the 1940 U.S. Census the family were still on the Nowood farm and Ralph was an unemployed farm laborer at the age of 14 and until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on August 12, 1943 to serve in WW II. He was released from the U.S.Navy on May 13,1946 and returned home to the family holdings. He stayed single all of his life and passed away on July 22, 1980. His parents preceded him in death and his twin (his double) survived until 1994.
Memories: I was selected by his family and other square dancers to be Ralph’s partner in 1952 and the square dancers met and practiced in the hall of the Princess, a long-time location on main street, Ten Sleep. Before that and just after WW II, I had the privilege of waltzing with Ralph, one of the smoothest, most graceful of dancers. He and his brother were of small stature and they were identical twins. I made the mistake of addressing Robert once and he didn’t know who I was. That was amusing because I had enjoyed dancing with Ralph and “he didn’t know me!”fb