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Mary Cox talks about her education at the Bryant School and elsewhere in Grand Junction, about corsets and other aspects of school fashion, the history of the Riverside Neighborhood, attending community dances and Glenwood Springs’ Strawberry Days, and boys swimming in the Colorado River. She also discusses old downtown businesses, going to movies at the Majestic Theater, a brothel that advertised at the Mesa County Fairgrounds during a baseball...
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Eugene Perry talks about his childhood in Grand Junction’s Riverside neighborhood. He speaks about working for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad from the time he was thirteen years old, his career building track as a section foreman, and the history of D&RG in Grand Junction. He discusses landmarks such as Bowman’s slaughterhouse, the Pest House, and the town’s ice houses. He reminisces about a youth curfew that was in place in Grand Junction...
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She was born in Park City, Utah and came to Mesa County, Colorado in 1906, when she was one. The family lived for a time on a ranch on Salt Creek twenty miles from Collbran, then moved to Grand Junction, Colorado around the time Mary turned six. She graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1923. During her first marriage, she lived in Death Valley with her husband, who was engaged in gold mining there. She later married Edwin A. Cox and together...
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She was a teacher at several elementary schools in Grand Junction, Colorado, including the Bryant School and Riverside School. She later became the principal of the Washington School, which she helped design.
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Mary Plaisted talks about growing up in the Milldale area around the sugar beet factory in Grand Junction, Colorado, and about the brothels and red-light district nearby. She describes having to beg and take odd cleaning and sewing jobs to support she and her children, and the kind strangers that helped her. She mentions the many places she lived in Grand Junction, the floods common in the Riverside neighborhood, and living in a close-knit Italian...
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A Western Slope pioneer, one of Grand Junction's founders, and builder of Crawford Addition, where he had a brick factory. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His wife was Indjanne Sophia "Jennie" Ernsten. They had four children. The 1910 US Census shows them living at 537 Lawrence Avenue, which was also located in the Crawford Addition (now the Riverside Neighborhood). According to Mary Plaisted, who lived in the Riverside Neighborhood, three...
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A well-to-do citizen in the early Twentieth century in Grand Junction, Colorado. He owned several buildings on Main Street. He married and had sons. According to oral history interviewee Eugene Perry, Raso got his start in the Riverside neighborhood. He died prior to 1982.
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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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Former director of the Museums of Western Colorado. He was born in Riverside, California and received his PhD in American History from University of California Riverside in 1974, when he was 28. He worked for several museums and public entities as director or in a historical capacity, including the Museums of Western Colorado from 1978-84. After leaving Grand Junction, he became the director of the Charleston Museum in Charleston, South Carolina,...
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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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He was born in Illinois. He was a veteran of the Spanish American War, and came to Grand Junction, Colorado in order to recover from a war injury sometime between 1900 and 1904. There he met his future wife, Alice Coombs, who was teaching in Kannah Creek. They married in Salt Lake City in 1904, and lived in Park City for a time. In 1906, he bought a ranch on Salt Creek, near Collbran, where they lived with their child. The family moved again when...
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He was one of three children born to Italian immigrants John Colosimo, a coal cutter for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, and Angelina Letizia Colosimo, a homemaker. He was born and grew up on Hale Avenue in Grand Junction, Colorado’s Riverside neighborhood. As a young man he worked in Grand Junction’s movie theaters. He married Mary Louise Chiaro in 1934. After a brief time in Fruita, where Mary was a homemaker and he managed a theater, they...
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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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She was born in Minnesota. Sometime between 1900 and 1910, she came to the Kannah Creek area of Mesa County, Colorado with her mother and sister. There she lived on the Riddle Ranch, and taught Nora Riddle (sister of Andrew Riddle), among others. She taught Latin, and was able to speak Latin and some German all of her life. The move was made to help the sister’s health, as she suffered from asthma. Alice met her future husband George Robinson there,...
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He was born to Antonio “Tony” Perri and Mary (Carvello) Perri, in Grand Junction, Colorado. US Census records show his given name as Domino Perri. His parents were both immigrants from Italy. The 1900 US Census shows that Eugene was also born in Italy. The 1910 Census shows his birthplace as Colorado, and he maintained that he was born in Grand Junction. His father was a laborer for the railroad and a farmer in Pomona. His mother was a homemaker....
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She was born in Mesa County, Colorado to Giuseppe S “Joseph” Chiaro and Rosina “Rose” (Paola) Chiaro, Italian immigrants. She grew up on the family’s truck farm along River Road in the Pomona area. She went to school through the 12th grade and graduated from Grand Junction High School. She married Charles J. Colosimo on December 17, 1934. The 1940 US Census shows them living in Fruita, where Mary was a homemaker and her husband managed a...