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Irene (Strimple) Gramlich talks about her early life in Cedaredge and Delta, Colorado. She also touches on the economic downturn that effected fruit growers and employment prospects in Cedaredge in 1913, and discusses her teaching career. 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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Tom and Marie Biglin talk about their lives in the Nucla, Colorado area, about his career in ranching, and about her career as the office manager for the Nucla Regional Office of the Rural Electrification Administration. They also touch on his service as an ambulance driver during World War I, the development of irrigation in Nucla, and other tidbits of local history. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration...
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Elda Craig and her daughter Alice Devine talk about their lives in the Gateway, Colorado area, and about the history of the area. 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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Andrew E. Riddle describes life in the Paradox Valley area of Montrose County, Colorado. He focuses on the violent history of the valley, and describes several murders that occurred there. In the second recording, Riddle talks about religion in Paradox, Colorado, including the building of the non-denominational Red Church in the 1940’s, which once had a shooting range in the basement. Riddle also touches on bootlegging days, burial procedures of...
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Andrew E. Riddle, an early Mesa County resident, discusses evidence of early Native American presence around the Paradox Valley area, including artifacts such as arrowheads, skeletons, and metates. Riddle also speaks about the early days of uranium mining, the impact of wild burros on public lands, and local people. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western...
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Walter Gaddy talks about his childhood in Nucla, Olathe, and Montrose, and about his father’s barbershop and shoe repair shop. He also discusses his aunt’s honey production business and beekeeping in detail. 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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Laura Foster talks about moving from Pennsylvania to Telluride, Colorado in 1890, with a description of their journey on foot with two burros over Ophir Pass, and about pioneer life near Telluride, including the time she helped her mother birth a baby in absence of any help (some or all of which may be a tall tale). She also gives an embellished story about her time as a mining camp and railroad cook, and gives what seems to be an inaccurate account...
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Minnie Ann Roberts discusses moving from Iowa to a homestead in Montrose County, Colorado in the early 1900s. Minnie explains the social scene near Bedrock, memories of her wedding, hope chest, baby showers and shivarees. She also talks about canning meat, preserving other foods, doing the wash, making her own clothes, and taking care of her family at the homestead. This recording is made available via signed release by the Mesa County Oral History...