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He was a Civil War Veteran, physician, and coroner who came to Grand Junction, Colorado in 1883 to enter into the cattle business. He was born in Canada, but came to Maine in order to join the 2nd Main Cavalry, so that he could fight for the Union in the Civil War. He came to Colorado in 1880, and was a coroner in Fairplay for a few years. Shortly after coming to Grand Junction, he scouted the area, searching for a suitable place for a cattle...
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Armand de Beque, son of De Beque, Colorado founder Wallace A.E. de Beque, talks about the history of the oil shale industry in Western Colorado. 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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Armand de Beque talks about the history of Ravensbeque, Colorado, founded by his father Wallace A.E. De Beque prior to the town’s relocation to the present site of De Beque. He speaks about Wallace De Beque’s training and career as a pioneer doctor, and about the family’s roots in both Canada and France. He talks about his brothers’ service in Europe during World War I and the military service of his sons. He discusses his memories of growing...
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Armand De Beque was an early Mesa County resident who lived in De Beque, Colorado his entire life. He was the son of Marie Louise de Lavillette and Wallace A.E. de Beque, a Grand Junction pioneer, early doctor, and the founder of the town of De Beque. Armand Attended De Beque High School (1931-1932), St. John’s Military School (1928-1930), Herrick Drama School (1935), Mesa College (1949-1951), and Colorado Teachers College (1953-1954). He married...
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Armand de Beque describes the early days of his father, W.A.E. De Beque, as one of the founders of De Beque, Colorado. He also talks about the cattle ranching business, local legends of the valley, oil rigs in the area, and sheep and cattle ranching wars. 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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A French woman who married Dr. W.A.E de Beque in 1911 in De Beque, Colorado. They met in Mexico City where W.A.E worked as an investigator for the New York Life Insurance Company. She came from a "cultured" background, and had grown up with servants and many amenities. She was shocked by the lack of electric lights and plumbing in De Beque, and had never done housework prior to her move to Colorado. One humorous story included her cooking a chicken...
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Dr. W.A.E. de Beque's brother who helped him with his cattle ranching operation.
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Oil company owned by Dr. W.A.E. De Beque, W.R. Warren, D.D. Potter, Mr. Ralston, and Bob De Beque
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Lulu Kennon describes life growing up in near De Beque, Colorado, and her career as a teacher in country schools near De Beque. 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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Zelma Parkes discusses her early life in Grand Junction, Colorado. She also talks about ranch life with her husband on Clear Creek, near De Beque. 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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Anna E. Craig discusses her upbringing in Mesa, Colorado, including her social experiences, her father’s life as one of the few doctors in the area, the Mesa County Fair, her holiday rituals, methods of preserving food, and what it was like to own a hotel in Mesa. She also talks about an instance in the 1890’s when hundreds of sheep were driven over a cliff by cattle ranchers on the Grand Mesa, and other strife between cattle and sheep ranchers....
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Harry Sylvester Godby discusses his time spent working for and traveling with the Robinson Brothers Circus before moving to Grand Junction, Colorado. Harry also talks about his itinerant childhood moving from place to place, and the wide variety of jobs he worked throughout his life, including construction, mining, blacksmithing and potato farming, and how he was affected by the Great Depression. He shares his discovery of a large pile of boxes with...
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Albert Rood describes the life and community involvements of his step-father William Weiser (nephew of William Moyer), his childhood in the Third Fruitridge area and the people who lived there, and stealing watermelons and floating them in the Grand Valley Canal. He also talks about his education at Mesa Junior College, and his work in the field for a Bureau of Entomology laboratory dedicated to eradicating a sugar beet pest. The interview was conducted...
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Helen Johnson talks about helping teach a WPA-funded dance class during the Great Depression. She speaks about other government programs, such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, and how they helped the people of Mesa County, Colorado during the Great Depression. She describes working for Douglas Aircraft in Los Angeles to manufacture airplanes during World War II, where she became the lead in her section. She talks about her brief career teaching...