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Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976) was born in Montrose, Colorado. His family moved to Grand Junction in 1908. Rufus Hirons, who went to school with Trumbo, recalled that he "walked real fast and he combed his hair kind of pompadour style," and that Trumbo was not someone who stopped to engage much in small talk. When he did talk, Trumbo apparently spoke quickly and was positive in his remarks. Oral history interviewee Jennie Dixon recalls that Trumbo was...
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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, the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa...
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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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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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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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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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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. He walked to the Fair Store from his home at 614 Ouray Avenue every day. He was a community philanthropist who provided the money needed to build the Moyer Natatorium, now known as the Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool. Moyer was also part owner of COPECO, a large fruit growing operation run by Elmer...
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Winifred Bull discusses her education in Grand Junction’s schools, her career teaching Latin at Grand Junction High School, the medical career of her father, Dr. Heman R. Bull, the life of her uncle Edwin Price (founder of Grand Junction’s first newspaper), and the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918-19. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western Colorado and the...
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Fritz Becker, a former officer in the Grand Junction Police Department, discusses crime in Grand Junction, including: murders, the clean-up of prostitution and vice on Colorado Avenue, gambling houses and bootlegging. 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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Robert Grant explains his experience working for Walter Walker, Preston Walker and The Daily Sentinel newspaper, before and after being drafted into the armed forces during World War ll. Robert also discusses the Typographical Union Strike and Walter Walker’s involvement within the community. This recording is made available via signed release by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western...
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Al Look discusses his 40-year employment with the Daily Sentinel, including his relationships with publishers Walter Walker and Preston Walker and the lives of the two men. He also discusses the Typographical Union Strike of 1946 and the hardships it caused between the union and the Sentinel. Al also talks about his and Walter Walker’s relationship with the Ku Klux Klan, Walker’s tolerance of the brothels on South Avenue, and Walker’s rivalry...
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Harold Zimmerman describes packing fruit during harvest time in the Clifton area, spraying for codling moths, the end of early apple farming in the valley, the train of wagons used to haul fruit on the Midland Trail at harvest time and about a flash flood that devastated Cross Orchards and destroyed 31 Road. He also talks about his career in bookkeeping for Mesa County Valley School District 51 and other organizations, the run on local banks during...