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Lucy Ela discusses John Otto, the Colorado National Monument, and the settlement of Glade Park. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado. *Photograph from the 1936 Grand Junction High School yearbook.
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Early Twentieth century Glade Park resident. Wife of Wendell Ela. Sister of Denver poet Thomas Hornsby Ferril. She was born to William C. Ferril and Alice (McHarg) Ferril in New York State. According to US Census records, her father William was a journalist from Kansas whose own father had been a preacher. Her mother Alice was a homemaker from Rome, New York whose father was a fishing tackle manufacturer. US Census records show that the family...
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Husband of Lucy (Ferril) Ela. Early 20th century Glade Park rancher. Wendell Dennett Ela was born in Mesa County, Colorado to Wendell Phillips Ela and Lucy Abby (Drake) Ela. His father was an early pioneer of the Glade Park area, the mayor of Grand Junction, and a longtime bank president. His mother was a homemaker. The 1900 US Census shows the family living on Main Street in Grand Junction, when Wendell D. was 10 years old. After graduating from...
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Early pioneer of Glade Park area and mayor of Grand Junction, Colorado from 1897-90. He was born in New Hampshire to Jacob Hart Ela and Abigail Pearson (Kelley) Ela. His mother’s name as listed in birth records is Abigail Pearson Moore, indicating that she may have been married once before her marriage to Jacob Ela. Wendell’s father was a printer and publisher, a depot master, the US Representative for New Hampshire’s First Congressional...
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She was born in Italy as Cecilia Cardamone to Santo “Samuel” Cardamone and Maria Angela “Mary” (Mendocino) Cardamone. Records of US Passenger ships show that she arrived with her family in the United States aboard the ship Finland in 1915, when she was nine years old. The family moved first to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she attended grade school and learned English at the age of ten. The US Census indicates that by 1920, the family lived...
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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 The Making of a Legend:...
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Dorothy Ottman discusses her childhood in Grand Junction, fruit growing and agricultural industry in Mesa County, and the social life and customs of women, youth, and others in the Grand Junction area. 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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Artist Cecilia Cardman talks about her struggles with the English language and her experience in public schools as a young immigrant from Italy, and about her higher education in both Italy and in Boulder at the University of Colorado. She speaks about teaching art at early Mesa College and what the college was like at that time. She describes the “topnotch” teachers she had at Grand Junction High School. She discusses leaving her teaching career...