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    • Oral History Interview with Maria Socorro Salinas

    • Oral History Interview with Maria Socorro Salinas
    • Salinas, Maria Socorro
    • Mexican Americans; Glendale, AZ; Farming; Japanese Americans; Konishi; Education; Fiesta Patrias; Murphy Park; Catholic Church
    • Maria Socorro Salinas was a Mexican American born in Glendale, Arizona. Her father worked on Konishi’s farm as a foreman. Yutaka Konishi leased land from Louis Sands at 55th Avenue between Orangewood and Northern Avenues. He raised lettuce and...
    • Dale Huss Interview

    • Dale Huss Interview
    • Huss, Dale
    • Huss, Dale; World War II Aviation; World War II Training; B-17s; B-24s; Luke AFB; World War II
    • Interview with Dale Huss includes audio file and transcript.
    • Oral History Interview with John L. Conovaloff

    • Oral History Interview with John L. Conovaloff
    • Conovaloff, John L.
    • Conovaloff, John L.; Glendale, Arizona; Russian Community; Molokan Church; Salt River; Arizona State Fairgrounds; Pendergast Elementary School; Farming; Tolleson
    • Russian immigrant, John Conovaloff was member of the Russian community which settled in Glendale, Arizona around 1910. In the 1920s he watched as many members of the Russian colony moved to California, due to the Cotton Crash and because of the...
    • Tom Kadomoto

    • Tom Kadomoto
    • Kadomoto, Tom
    • Japanese American families--Arizona; Japanese-American Relocation; World War II; Glendale, AZ; Glendale Arizona Historical Society; Japanese American farmers
    • Tom Kadomoto achieved 23 “firsts” for a Japanese American in Glendale. He joined the Army in 1941. Later, after declaration of war he volunteered for Military Intelligence School. He was stationed on the Pacific Front under General MacArthur,...
    • John Coury Oral History Interview

    • John Coury Oral History Interview
    • Coury, John
    • Glendale, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; Coury's Market; Grocery Business; Valley National Bank; Labanese-American Community; WWII
    • John, a Syrian [Lebanese] immigrant whose family fled Syria [Lebanon] to escape the Turkish War and persecution of Christians, first settled in Ray, Arizona around 1910 and later moved to Glendale. He graduated from University of Arizona in May...
    • Jeanne Malloque Oral History Interview

    • Jeanne Malloque Oral History Interview
    • Malloque, Jeanne (Ipharr)
    • Glendale, AZ; Basque; Sheepherding; Flagstaff, AZ; Discrimination; Glendale Union High School
    • Jeanne Malloque was born in Idaho, in May of 1921. She and her family moved to Phoenix as a means to alleviate her brother’s asthma symptoms. Settling in Glendale in 1928. Her father was born in the French Pyrenees Mountains – Basque Country....
    • Arnold Ong Oral History Interview

    • Arnold Ong Oral History Interview
    • Ong, Arnold
    • Glendale, AZ; Chinese Americans; Boy Scouts; Gene's Market; WWII
    • Arnold Ong was born in China, he immigrated with his family to the United States in 1934. His father had immigrated earlier to establish himself, he began running a grocery business in Phoenix, Arizona. His family bought two lots of land in...
    • JY "EC" Otondo Oral History Interview

    • JY "EC" Otondo Oral History Interview
    • Otondo, JY "EC"
    • Glendale, AZ: Arizona Communities; Basque Community; Los Angeles, CA; Great Depression; Sheep Ranching;
    • “EC” Otondo was part of one of the first, if not the first sheep families to live in Arizona. He remembers herding his sheep down the trail from northern Arizona to Gilbert. Moving along the San Francisco Peaks into the valley. During this...
    • Glendale Public Library Oral History with Glenda Wilson and Judy Rhodes, January 27, 2010.

    • Glendale Public Library Oral History with Glenda Wilson and Judy Rhodes, January 27, 2010.
    • Rhodes, Judy and Wilson, Glenda
    • Glendale Public Library; Velma Teague Library; Glendale (Ariz.); Libraries--Glendale, Az. Librarians
    • Glenda Wilson and Judy Rhodes were long-term Glendale Public Library employees when they retired in the last decade. Judy was 16 and still in high school when Library Director Velma Teague hired her. Glenda was newly married and a Texas transplant...
    • Nelson Mitchell, Jr. Video Oral History Interview

    • Nelson Mitchell, Jr. Video Oral History Interview
    • Mitchell, Nelson, Jr.
    • Luke AFB; WWII; Navy; African American Armed Forces; Pearl Harbor; Phoenix, AZ
    • Video oral history interview with Nelson Mitchell, Jr. where he discusses his career in the US Navy during WWII.
    • Oral History Interview with Ruth Sparks Byrne

    • Oral History Interview with Ruth Sparks Byrne
    • Byrne, Ruth Sparks
    • Sahuaro Ranch; Glendale, AZ; Agriculture; Williams, George; Glendale Historical Society; Phidaleons; Glendale Women’s Club
    • Oral history interview with Ruth Sparks Byrne where she discusses the history of Sahuaro Ranch beginning in the 1940s.

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