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Frank Mancuso talks about his early life in the Riverside neighborhood of Grand Junction, Colorado after immigrating from Italy, and about Grand Junction’s Italian American community. He also discusses his long-time employment working for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, fires to the ice house, D&RG roundhouse and the freight depot, playing baseball under the Fifth Street viaduct, several local people and buildings, and other aspects of area...
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He was born in Cosenza, Italy and came to Grand Junction, Colorado in 1909, when he was five years old. His father was Giovanni "John" Mancuso, a railroad worker. His mother was Mary Mancuso, a homemaker. He grew up in the Riverside neighborhood and went to the Bryant School, then to Lowell and Emerson. He worked in the ice house and then in the round house of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, cleaning windows on the engines. He became a long-time...
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While it is not known what became of Grand Junction’s first attempt to organize a public library (a meeting of the Grand Junction Library Association in January 1883), we do know that an effort in 1897 was successful. When Grand Junction was sixteen years old, members of two women’s clubs united as the Woman’s Library Association. The goal of the association was to establish a free public library. The first step toward this goal was taken...
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Craig Aupperle talks about the early history of schools and education in Grand Junction and Mesa County. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Public Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Early Grand Junction resident Ruth Larson describes her life as a teacher and principal in Mesa County schools. 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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Frances Felicia Mendicelli describes her immigration to the United States from Italy, settling in Grand Junction, Colorado, her early education in both Italy and Mesa County, and learning English. She also talks about Christmas, food and tradition in her Italian American family, and about her father’s job as a railroad section foreman and life in a railroad family. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration...
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Interview with Helen Campbell and Norman Campbell. Helen and Norman discuss life in Salida, growing up on their ranch and the chores they had to do, vacations up at the North Fork Valley and the town of Shavano, the Almont Dance Pavilion, and the history of the pronunciation of the word 'Salida'.
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Interview with Ted Argys, b. April 6, 1921 and died Sept. 25, 2009. Ted discusses the mischief he used to get into as a boy, life in the U.S. Army, and his career once he got out of the service. Interviewed June 24, 2003.
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Interview with siblings Norman Colin Campbell and Helen Louise Campbell Drake in Delta, Colo. Norman was born June 3, 1927 and died Oct. 9, 2012 and Helen was born March 4, 1933 and died Jan. 6, 2006. They discuss attending Valley View School, square dancing at the band pavilion in Alpine Park, and growing up on their farm in Salida, Colorado.