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Dalton Trumbo was born in Montrose, Colorado to Orus Bonham Trumbo of Indiana and Maude Tillery of Kentucky. According to information presented by David Sundal, who had conversations with Trumbo, his Great Grandfather Tillery was an early day Montrose sheriff. His family moved to Grand Junction in 1908, when Trumbo was four. He grew up in a house at 1124 Gunnison Avenue that was torn down and replaced by a newer home in 1929. He grew up attending...
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Elberta Francis and David Sundal hold a conversation about former Grand Junction resident and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Francis speaks about knowing Trumbo through family connections and as a child of similar age. During his conversation with Francis and in a separate interview with Evelyn Kyle, Sundal talks about interviewing Trumbo and his impressions of him. Together, Francis and Sundal paint a picture of Trumbo and his...
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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. Authors of the plays used interviews recorded by the Mesa County Oral History Project as inspiration. This archival recording contains the play Dalton Trumbo: Shale...
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David Sundal discusses in great detail the life of famous author Dalton Trumbo of Grand Junction, Colorado, based in large part on Sundal’s conversations with the author. Sundal describes the local community’s relationships with Trumbo, reactions to Trumbo’s book Eclipse, portrayals of prominent businessman William Moyer and Daily Sentinel editor Walter Walker in the book, and Trumbo’s life and career after leaving Mesa County. He talks about...
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Mabelle (Gardener) Clymer talks about early Twentieth century life in Mesa County. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Grand Junction, Colorado newspaper columnist, amateur historian, geologist and paleontologist Al Look discusses the Soup Eaters organization that he helped found during the Great Depression, Dalton Trumbo, American Indian archaeology and digs on the Western Slope, and his contacts with the Navajo. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Rufus Hirons talks about his education in Grand Junction schools, and about teachers and school district employees (including his father, Walter Hirons). He also touches on the Fruita to Grand Junction Interurban line, sheep ranching with his grandfather, and local Italian Americans. 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...
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Margaret Golden discusses her school days in Grand Junction, Colorado and her life as a homemaker. She also talks about old theaters and entertainments and touches on other facets of town life. 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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Ted Winterburn talks about early rail transportation in the Grand Valley, including the Interurban line that connected Grand Junction and Fruita and the separate Grand Junction streetcar line that ran within the city. He also discusses the early history of the Grand Junction Lion's Club and people and places in Grand Junction’s history. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries...
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Mother of Dalton Trumbo. She was an active member of Grand Junction's First Church of Christ, Scientist. With her husband, Orus Trumbo, they raised children at 1124 Gunnison Avenue in Grand Junction, Colorado from 1908-1925, when they left for Los Angeles after Orus lost his job at Benge's shoe store. According to local historian David Sundal, she was an active citizen in the community. She belonged to several community groups and took active leadership...
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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 Grand Junction High School graduate in the same class as Dalton Trumbo. He became a congressman and a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. He also served as the Attorney General for the State of Minnesota and a US representative for Minnesota. *Photograph from the U.S. House of Representatives.
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She was an employee of the Daily Sentinel in the 1920’s and, according to oral history interviewee Elberta Francis, purportedly a friend of Dalton Trumbo. According to Francis, Cunningham may have furnished Trumbo with news and information about Grand Junction after he moved to Los Angeles. Trumbo was said to have used this information in the writing of his then locally infamous book Eclipse. Cunningham went onto live in New York, where she wrote...
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She was a classmate of Dalton Trumbo at Grand Junction High School. She also attended the Hoel Business College. She married Robert Lannon and they had one son, James “Jim” Lannon. The 1940 US Census shows her as divorced from Lannon, living in Grand Junction and working as a timekeeper. *Photograph from the 1924 Grand Junction High School yearbook.
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Dalton Trumbo’s father. He was born to James and Sarah Trumbo in Indiana, a farmer and a homemaker. He went to a normal school and a “top school.” According to local historian David Sundal, he was an intelligent man who had trouble making money. US Census records show him living in Montrose, Colorado and working as a farm laborer by 1900. By 1910 he was married to Maud Tillery and living in Grand Junction with their four-year-old son Dalton....
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A lawyer in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was born in Ohio to William A. Mast and Elizabeth Mast. US Census records show the family living in Grand Junction, Colorado by 1920, when Gene was 13. The family lived at 1045 Grand Avenue. Gene's father was the minister of the First Presbyterian Church at 606 White Avenue. Gene attended Grand Junction High School, where he was in the Latin Club, the marching band, and on the debate team with Dalton Trumbo....
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William J. Moyer was the Vice President of Grand Valley National Bank and the owner, along with Elmer Craven until his death, of the Fair Store in Grand Junction, Colorado. According to David Sundal, Moyer first settled in the town of Socorro, New Mexico and opened a Fair Store there before abandoning the store and town for Grand Junction. There, his store went from a small hole in the wall to a large enterprise. He walked to the Fair Store from...
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She was born in Grand Junction, Colorado to Hugh E. Soule and Anna (Olston) Soule. Her father was a salesman in a general store. Her mother was a homemaker. Elberta was a distant relation of Silas Stillman Soule, an abolitionist on the underground railroad and the commander of Company D in the 1st Colorado Cavalry (in this capacity, he refused to allow his troops to fire on defenseless Cheyenne people during the Sand Creek Massacre, and later testified...
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A mortuary founded by Fred C. Martin and his wife in Grand Junction, Colorado in 1917. According to oral history interviewee Ann (Reese) Stokes, Martin and his family lived in Palisade, Colorado shortly before coming to Grand Junction. In Palisade, they owned an undertaker business. They moved to Grand Junction and established Martin Mortuary shortly after. F.C. Martin passed ownership of the mortuary to his son Edward Martin and his wife, Helen...