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John Hart talks about his friend and brother-in-law, the Mesa County artist Harold Bryant. He discusses Bryant's personality, his horseback riding, hunting and marksmanship, and his method of artistic composition. He also mentions Bucky, a deer that was supposedly neutered and tamed by the Utes, and became a companion of Bryant, among others. Josephine Biggs talks about meeting Bryant at gatherings of the Beaux Arts Club in Grand Junction in the 1920's,...
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To mark the centennial celebration of the town of Grand Junction, Colorado in 1981, the Mesa County Oral History Project wrote and recorded several radio plays about local history. Beginning on September 26, 1981, local radio stations KSTR, KREX-AM, KREX-FM, and KMSA broadcast the plays. The plays’ authors used interviews recorded by the Mesa County Oral History Project as inspiration. This archival recording contains the play Harold Bryant: Western...
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Harold Bryant was born in Pickrell, Nebraska to John Edward Bryant and Anna (Soule) Bryant. US Census records indicate that the family moved to the Appleton area of Mesa County, Colorado sometime between 1900 and 1910. There, they homesteaded. Harold Bryant, as the only boy of several children, did much of the farm's labor. His father was a Dunkard (Church of the Brethren) and, according to Al Look, “a tough old religionist.” Harold rejected the...
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She was born in Nebraska to John Edward Bryant and Anna (Soule) Bryant. US Census records indicate that they moved to Mesa County, Colorado sometime between 1900 and 1910, when Dorothy was between 1 and 11 years old. There, the family homesteaded and raised cattle. She attended college and was a nurse. She married fish and wildlife game warden John Duncan Hart on June 7, 1934 in Glenwood Springs. Her brother was the artist Harold Bryant.
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A group of artists that met at the Manhattan Cafe (located on the grounds of what is now the US Bank building) in the 1920's. The Group included Harold Bryant, Esther Reed, D.D. Sims, Alfred Nestler, and Archie Bliss. They disbanded during the Great Depression.
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A series of radio interviews on a show called the Local Scene (on an unidentified radio network, possibly KREX) with Grand Junction newspaper columnist, amateur historian, geologist and paleontologist Al Look. Look discusses the geology and archaeology of Mesa County, the geologic history of the Colorado National Monument, and local personalities Harold Bryant and John Otto. These broadcasts are made available via signed release by the Mesa County...
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She was a New Yorker and business woman who married the artist Harold Bryant and helped his career. She had been a WAVE in the Navy and he was a World War I veteran. They met in a saloon in New York at midnight and began seeing each other. When he moved back to Colorado, she followed him. They eventually married. She was responsible for the sale of his paintings to a calendar company.
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A branch of the Church of the Brethren was open in Appleton by the late Nineteenth or early Twentieth Century. The artist Harold Bryant’s father, J.E. Bryant, was apparently a minister at the church after the family’s move from Nebraska. The church forbade dancing, much to the consternation of some of its youth, including Harold Bryant.
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He was born in Indiana to John Strange Byrant, a farmer, and Rachel Elvira Bryant, a homemaker. Indiana marriage records show him marrying Susan Warthen on September 24, 1872, when he was 22 years old. US Census records show them living in Gage County, Nebraska by 1880, where John was a farmer. Susan died in 1889 and John subsequently remarried to Anna Soule. US Census records show them living in Nebraska in 1900. By 1910, they lived in the Appleton...
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Former state and federal game warden John Duncan Hart talks about wildlife management in the Grand River Game Bird Refuge and with the Department of Fish and Game, and discusses the populations and habits of certain bird and animal species. He recounts a run-in with John Otto over orders to cull the bison and elk herds Otto had introduced to the Colorado National Monument. He talks about the painter Harold Bryant, his hunting and habits. He also discusses...
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Ernest W. Hicks talks about early life in Missouri and in Egypt, where his father was a missionary. He also discusses his work as a carpenter in Mesa County, Colorado, his passion for crafting muzzle-loading rifles and hunting, and his friendship with the artist Harold Bryant. Harriett Hicks talks about her work in the Kuner Canning Company in Appleton. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County...
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Jennie Dixon describes her early life and family history, including interactions with Native Americans and her parents’ lives before living in Mesa County, Colorado. She discusses working as a professional printer for newspapers, and her short stint working at the Fair Store as a “floorwalker,” where she would shop undercover to catch shoplifters. Jennie also provides information on restaurants around Main Street in Grand Junction, local artist...
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A group of gun enthusiasts whose members included Ernest. W. Hicks, Ed Faber, Mr. Trailkill, the artist Harold Bryant, Joe Ellington, Arnold Ellington and Roy Ellington. Hicks was the club’s first president.
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John Collier talks about his upbringing on a farm in Grand Junction, Colorado, on ranchland and farmland in the Redlands, and on a homestead in Pinon Mesa. He speaks about the history of the Sleeper and Ela family’s ranching operations on Pinon Mesa. He describes his Uncle Joe Collier, who served as the Mesa County Sheriff during Prohibition, and a bootlegger’s attempt to blackmail him. He discusses what he perceives as the effect of uranium prospecting...
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He was born on a farm north of Princeton, Missouri. When he was ten years old his family moved to Egypt, where his father was a missionary. They later returned to Missouri and farming. He came to Grand Junction, Colorado in 1937. He worked as a carpenter and helped build several Grand Valley buildings before retiring in 1964. He was also a gunsmith who specialized in making muzzle-loading guns. During World War II, he worked in the Remington Arms...
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He was born in Nevada, Missouri. He lost his father, an Irish immigrant named Mike Hart, when he was very young. He moved with his mother to Grand Junction, Colorado in 1910, when he was 9 years old. He completed his formal schooling at the Lowell School. He did some vocational training at Colorado State University and the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver. In 1919, he joined the Colorado State Department of Fish and Game and policed the...
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She was born in Oklahoma to Robert W. Ramsay from Scotland and Mary E. Ramsay from Illinois. She attended Smith College in New England. Her father was in the dry goods business. Josephine came to the Grand Junction area in November of 1920. She had been working as the YWCA national secretary (Young Woman’s Christian Association) in Denver and was sent to Grand Junction to found a local YWCA there. When interest in founding a local chapter fell...
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He was born in Nebraska, and raised in Lincoln and in Stockton, Kansas. His father was Albert Look and his mother Marie Look. Both parents were the children of German immigrants. They ran a grocery store, a dry goods store, and then a creamery. While in high school, he was active in theater productions, sang bass in a local barbershop quartet, and sang in the Methodist choir. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he studied journalism,...
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Leta Atchison describes life as an employee in the advertising department of the Daily Sentinel newspaper in the 1940’s and 1950’s. She recalls her boss Al Look, additional work typing his book manuscripts, and their friendship. She remembers the election of Harry S. Truman and the Sentinel’s efforts to track and broadcast the vote in the days before television in Grand Junction. The recording is provided by the Mesa County Oral History Project,...
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Nancy (Renwick) Saxton and her daughter, Nancy Margaret "Peggy" Saxton, discuss Nancy's career as a female letter carrier in the Grand Valley, and the farming history of their family in both Appleton and the Hunter District. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.