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    • Oral History with Hank Diaz, May 13, 2011

    • Diaz, Hank
    • Sierra Vista (Ariz.); Physical fitness centers--Arizona; Bodybuilding--Competitions
    • Hank Diaz is the founder and owner of Buena Health and Fitness Center in Sierra Vista, Arizona. In this interview, Mr. Diaz talks about how he got involved in body building competitions after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1950s. He...
    • Oral History with Father Peter Dobrowski, May 11, 2011

    • Dobrowski, Father Peter
    • Bullhead City (Ariz.); Catholic Church--Arizona; Catholic Church--Arizona--Clergy--Biography
    • Father Peter Dobrowski is the pastor of Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church, in Bullhead City, Arizona. In this interview, he talks about his personal history, the history of the church and parish, and his experiences ministering in Mohave County.
    • Oral History with Patricia Egan, January 26, 2011

    • Egan, Patricia
    • Navajo Indian Reservation--Schools; Navajo Indian Reservation--Social life and customs; Northland Pioneer College;
    • Patricia Egan was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In 1989, she moved to Arizona to teach at Dilkon Elementary School on the Navajo Reservation. Ms. Egan talks about the cultural differences between herself and her students and how those...
    • Oral History with Donna Gaab, May 20, 2011

    • Gaab, Donna
    • Bisbee (Ariz.); Library administration--Cochise County (Ariz.)
    • Donna Gaab is a retired Director of the Cochise County Library District, a position she held for 30 years. She was born and raised in Ohio and moved to Arizona in 1974. Ms. Gaab obtained her Masters from the library school at the University of...
    • Oral History with Louis Gradias, April 19, 2011

    • Gradias, Louis
    • Yuma County (Ariz.); Gadsden (Ariz.); Bracero Program; Agricultural laborers--Arizona; San Luis (Ariz.); Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993; Mexican Americans--Arizona
    • Louie Gradias was born and raised in Gadsden. His mother was born in Gadsden in 1918 and met and married his father in 1938. They settled in Gadsden, built their own house and farmed the land. Mr. Gradias remembers attending Gadsden Elementary...
    • Oral History with Betty Grounds, July 8, 2011

    • Grounds, Betty
    • Kingman (Ariz.); Mohave County (Ariz.)--History; Mohave County (Ariz.)--Pioneers; Ranching--Arizona
    • Betty (Clark) Grounds was born in 1918 to the Clark family, a pioneer family in the Kingman area. She recounts her life growing up on a dairy ranch and attending school there. She married into another pioneer family, the Grounds.
    • Oral History with Janice Hoeschler, March 18, 2011

    • Hoeschler, Janice
    • Phoenix (Ariz.)--History; Phoenix (Ariz.)--Social life and customs
    • Janice (Hunter) Hoeschler born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. In this interview, she talks about her family, schooling, neighbors, and growing up in Phoenix in the 1940s and 1950s. She met her husband, Terry Hoeschler, while attending the...
    • Oral History with Wes Humphries, January 29, 2011

    • Humphries, Wes
    • Lake Havasu City (Ariz.); Sierra Vista (Ariz.); Music teachers--Arizona; London Bridge (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.)--History
    • Wes Humphries reflects on his life, beginning with his childhood in Illinois and Indiana. He served in the military and then attended college, majoring in Music. Wes then pursued a teaching career. He moved to Sierra Vista in 1967. He currently...
    • Oral History with Jeremy Jones, February 18, 2011

    • Jones, Jeremy
    • Architects--Arizona--Biography; Architects as artists; Watercolorists--Arizona; Library architecture--Arizona
    • Jeremy Jones is an architect who has designed many public buildings in Arizona. He works mostly on the design phase of the architectural process which utilized his artistic talents. Mr. Jones was born in 1944 in Spokane, Washington and spent his...
    • Oral History with Kenneth Kelley, July 7, 2011

    • Kelley, Kenneth
    • Mohave County (Ariz.)--History; Ranching--Arizona; Agriculture--Arizona
    • Kenneth Kelley comes from a farming and ranching family. He learned how to be an earth mover during the winter when his family was not farming. He shares an interesting past since his birth in 1922.
    • Oral History with Harold Lewkowitz, March 22, 2011

    • Lewkowitz, Harold
    • Phoenix (Ariz.)--History; Lawyers--Arizona--Biography; Civic improvement--Arizona--Phoenix
    • Harold Jerome "Jerry" Lewkowitz was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. His parents, Herman and Carrie Rebekah (Epstein) Lewkowitz, were heavily involved in the Jewish Community and with Phoenix civil endeavors. Herman Lewkowitz was a prominent...
    • Oral History with Molly McKasson, January 12 and February 15, 2011

    • McKasson, Molly
    • Tucson (Ariz.); Teachers--Arizona--Tucson; City council members--Arizona--Tucson; Arizona Theatre Company
    • Molly McKasson served on the Tucson City Council, representing Ward 6. She is a former teacher in Tucson and currently acts with the Arizona Theater Company (ATC) and writes. In this interview, Ms. McKasson talks about her family history, growing...
    • Oral History with Paul Messinger, April 31, 2011

    • Messinger, Paul
    • Scottsdale (Ariz.)--History; Funeral homes--Arizona; Undertakers and undertaking--Arizona; Arizona. Legislature. House of Representatives; Local government--Arizona--Scottsdale; Water management--Arizona;
    • Paul Messinger was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and moved to Arizona with his family in 1942. He owns the Messinger Mortuary in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Messinger talks about why he became a mortician and his work in the funeral service over the...
    • Oral History with Jim Nintzel, February 23, 2011

    • Nintzel, Jim
    • Tucson (Ariz.); Fort Huachuca (Ariz.); Journalism--Arizona
    • Jim Nintzel is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Arizona, School of Journalism, and a senior political writer and investigative reporter at the "Tucson Weekly" newspaper. He talks about growing up in a military family with his mother,...
    • Oral History with Arnold Palacios, April 2, 2011

    • Palacios, Arnold
    • Tucson (Ariz.); Chicano movement--Arizona--Tucson; Mexican Americans--Arizona--Discrimination; Tucson Unified School District (Pima County, Ariz.); Community arts projects--Arizona--Tucson
    • Arnold Palacios is the Executive Directory of Tucson Youth Development. In this interview, he talks about the Chicano Movement in Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Palacios talks about how students from Tucson High School and Pueblo High School protested the...
    • Oral History with Elizabeth Ragatz, May 23, 2011

    • Ragatz, Elizabeth
    • Sierra Vista (Ariz.)--History; Military spouses--Travel; Fort Huachuca (Ariz.); Korean War, 1950-1953--Military intelligence; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Military intelligence
    • Elizabeth Ragatz was born and raised in Nebraska. She married William T. Ragatz and followed him around the world during his career in the U.S. Army. They have six children. His last posting was at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. They retired in Sierra...
    • Oral History with Paul Sapp, January 28 and February 3, 2011

    • Sapp, Paul
    • Phoenix (Ariz.)--History; Airplane ambulances--Arizona; Swimming pool industry--Arizona;
    • Paul Sapp grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. In this interview, he talks about his family, the animals they raised, and the many people and businesses he knew growing up. Mr. Sapp graduated from North High School in 1958 and talks some about his school...
    • Oral History with Ernie Smith, February 17, 2011

    • Smith, Ernie
    • Lake Havasu City (Ariz.); Fire departments--Arizona--Lake Havasu City--History; Fire departments--Arizona--Lake Havasu City--Officials and employees--Biography
    • Ernie Smith is from Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He was the first Fire Chief of the Lake Havasu Fire Department. Mr. Smith recounts the history of the first fire department in Lake Havasu City and his role as Fire Chief.
    • Oral History with Michael Tomooka, May 24, 2011

    • Tomooka, Michael
    • Sierra Vista (Ariz.); Teaching--Arizona; School sports--Coaching--Arizona; Sierra Vista Unified School District (Cochise County, Ariz.)
    • Michael "Mike" Tomooka is a long-time Spanish and Physical Education teacher and coach at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona. He grew up in Tucson, Arizona and talks about his family, past and present. Mr. Tomooka started at Buena High...
    • Oral History with Emma Torres, February 23, 2011

    • Torres, Emma
    • Yuma County (Ariz.); Immigration and the transnational experience; Agricultural laborers--Arizona; San Luis (Ariz.); Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993; Mexican Americans--Arizona
    • Emma Torres is from Guanajato, Mexico. She moved to San Luis, Arizona when she was five years old and was a field laborer by age 13. Ms. Torres is among the founders of Farm Workers Without Borders (Campesinos sin Fronteras) and worked to develop...

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