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Armand de Beque describes the early days of his father, W.A.E. De Beque, as one of the founders of De Beque, Colorado. He also talks about the cattle ranching business, local legends of the valley, oil rigs in the area, and sheep and cattle ranching wars. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society.
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Armand de Beque, son of De Beque, Colorado founder Wallace A.E. de Beque, talks about the history of the oil shale industry in Western Colorado. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society.
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Armand de Beque talks about the history of Ravensbeque, Colorado, founded by his father Wallace A.E. De Beque prior to the town’s relocation to the present site of De Beque. He speaks about Wallace De Beque’s training and career as a pioneer doctor, and about the family’s roots in both Canada and France. He talks about his brothers’ service in Europe during World War I and the military service of his sons. He discusses his memories of growing...
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In 1892, this society met up twice a month, except in the summer months when it only met once a month. The society put on plays in the DeBeque school house. The funds from the plays, usually 30 to 40 dollars, were saved and put towards projects for the school. The secretary’s journal of the DeBeque Literary Society noted that funds went towards cups for the students, a Piano, construction of a stage, and were given to families in need.
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Dr. W.A.E. de Beque's brother who helped him with his cattle ranching operation.
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Cousin of Dr. W.A.E. de Beque and member of the Shale Oil Syndicate.
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Armand De Beque was an early Mesa County resident who lived in De Beque, Colorado his entire life. He was the son of Marie Louise de Lavillette and Wallace A.E. de Beque, a Grand Junction pioneer, early doctor, and the founder of the town of De Beque. Armand Attended De Beque High School (1931-1932), St. John’s Military School (1928-1930), Herrick Drama School (1935), Mesa College (1949-1951), and Colorado Teachers College (1953-1954). He married...
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She was born in Fulton, Missouri. She was the wife of Armand de Beque. They married in 1933, and they lived together in De Beque, Colorado for the duration of her life.
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A French woman who married Dr. W.A.E de Beque in 1911 in De Beque, Colorado. They met in Mexico City where W.A.E worked as an investigator for the New York Life Insurance Company. She came from a "cultured" background, and had grown up with servants and many amenities. She was shocked by the lack of electric lights and plumbing in De Beque, and had never done housework prior to her move to Colorado. One humorous story included her cooking a chicken...
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He was a Civil War Veteran, physician, and coroner who came to Grand Junction, Colorado in 1883 to enter into the cattle business. He was born in Canada, but came to Maine in order to join the 2nd Main Cavalry, so that he could fight for the Union in the Civil War. He came to Colorado in 1880, and was a coroner in Fairplay for a few years. Shortly after coming to Grand Junction, he scouted the area, searching for a suitable place for a cattle...
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Armand de Lavillette de Beque lectures about the history of theater in Mesa County, Colorado in a meeting of the Mesa County Historical Society. He talks about productions put on in DeBeque and Fruita, and about the general audience. He discusses his teaching career and how many plays he directed as an educator. This interview also includes speeches from Nina Brouse and Hellen (Hawxhurst) Young. These ladies talk about how they helped produce plays,...
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The De Beque school district was born from the consolidation of several smaller school districts in 1949-50. Originally, the De Beque area was to be part of what later became Mesa County Valley School District 51. However, since De Beque schools received 50% of their student body from Garfield County, inclusion in the Mesa County District was deemed problematic. Therefore, De Beque formed its own school district, known as the Joint District because...
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