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Ann Stokes talks about homesteading on East Orchard Mesa after her family moved to Mesa County, Colorado in 1904. She remembers her father working on the “fancy” masonry for the Grand Junction train station. She recalls living in a one-room log cabin and sharing that cabin with a horse for an evening. She speaks about the development of irrigation on East Orchard Mesa and her father’s peach orchard. She describes walking with her siblings four...
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Winifred Bull recalls the childhood of her father, Dr. Herman Bull Sr., and his life as one of the original doctors in Mesa County, Colorado. She talks about the prevalence of Typhoid fever and waterborne illnesses in Grand Junction, known among doctors as “Belly Ache Flats” before the advent of modern water treatment facilities. She discusses her father’s medical practice, his love of horse racing, and how he rode his horses to house calls....
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Dr. Everett Munro discusses his career as the City Health Officer for Grand Junction, beginning in 1922, the vaccination and sanitation campaign against smallpox and diphtheria, and both his research on silicosis and advocacy for uranium workers. 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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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 Dr. Edward Everett...
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Levi Morse discusses the history of Mesa County, Colorado, including fruit growing, drinking water from the Gunnison River and its link to typhoid fever, the YMCA, and the creamery business. He also talks extensively about social events such as the Mesa County Fair, and gives a firsthand account of the first motion picture showing in Grand Junction. June Morse talks about teaching at Fruitvale High School, community organizations and social gatherings....
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He was a mortician who founded Martin Mortuary. He married his wife, Carrie Belle Griffin, in 1901. According to his son, Edward Martin, F.C. started out as a farmer. He sold his farm and graduated from Worsham Mortuary School in Chicago, Illinois. He and his family moved to Longmont, Colorado in 1913 due to his wife's poor health. They moved from Longmont to Mesa County in 1915. Oral history interviewee Ann (Reese) Stokes remembers that Martin...
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She was the wife of Fred Martin and helped to run their family business, Martin Mortuary, in Grand Junction, Colorado. She was born in Illinois to Edward Griffin, a farmer from England, and to Maria Griffin, a homemaker. She and Fred moved to Longmont, Colorado shortly after his graduation from mortuary school, in 1913, when she was 31. The move West was made in order to improve her health. The family moved to Palisade in Mesa County in 1915. There,...
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He grew up in Nebraska and Grand Junction, Colorado. He attended Grand Junction High School and then Colorado College, but had to quit due to his father's death. His brother Charles worked for the Department of the Interior, and got him a job as a cowboy for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and as a U.S. Deputy Stock detective on the Crow Reservation in Montana. During this time, he worked with a doctor on the reservation to complete his studies at Colorado...
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An early Grand Junction physician who came to the Grand Valley in 1887. He was born to Sidney Bull and Ruth (Cooling) Bull in Warwick, New York. He was the oldest of six children. In 1868 or 1869, when Heman was six years old, the family moved to Amity, Missouri. At the age of sixteen, he went to Topeka, Kansas to attend the preparatory school of Washburn College, and later attended Washburn itself, graduating as valedictorian in 1884. He graduated...
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Leo Coyner is interviewed by Dale Coyner, Lance Miles, and Jayne Hill about playing sports at Steamboat High School, his memory of the hospital, and hauling coal and ice in his youth.
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Darwin Burford discusses growing up in Whitewater, Colorado in the early Twentieth century, and going to school in Mesa County, Colorado. Darwin talks about the early narrow gauge railroad that serviced Mesa County, about the Barnum and Bailey Circus, daily childhood chores, playing cribbage as a family, and his argument with John Otto. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries,...
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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 When the Armistice...
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96 year old Josephine Yoast recalls her life as a ranch woman in Routt County.
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Olive Jean (Mann) Gordon discusses the early buildings, businesses and people of Grand Junction, Colorado. 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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Katherine Ellis Sandelin describes the history of her family and the family of her husband who were Routt County pioneers.
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Interview with Stanley P. Provenza, b. Jan. 7, 1918 and died Jan. 23, 2013. Stan reminisces about playing for the Spartan champion football teams in 1933-1935 and attending St. Joseph's Catholic School and Church.
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Leo Coyner is interviewed by Dale Coyner, Lance Miles, Bill McKelvie, and Jayne Hill about growing up on a homestead in Clark, working as a rancher and a coal miner, and his memories of Winter Carnival.
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Interview with Mabel L. Davis, born July 25, 1910 in Mount Ayr, Iowa and died January 1, 2004. Mabel discusses living in Poncha Springs and her work on the council and with the booster club. Mabel also has a great laugh.
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Joe Blandford is interviewed by James Kemry and Bill McKelvie about the his life growing up in Routt County in the early 20th Century and how he and other members of the community cooperated and supported each other during hard times.
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Josephine Yoast is interviewed by Steve Cochran, Chuck Groblebe, and Bill McKelvie about her family and life living on a ranch in Routt County.