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    • Oral History with Janie Ellis, April 12, 2011

    • Oral History with Janie Ellis, April 12, 2011
    • Ellis, Janie
    • Scottsdale (Ariz.); Artist colonies--Arizona--Scottsdale--History; Curtis, Philip C.; Costume design--Arizona; Carpentry--Arizona
    • Janie Ellis was born in 1942 to George and Rachel (Murdock) Ellis. Her parents founded the Cattle Track Arts Compound in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ms. Ellis talks about the many artists who have spent time at Cattle Track. She also talks about her...
    • Oral History with Dirk Frauenfelder, Betty Jo Penny, and Caroline Jessen, May 23, 2011

    • Oral History with Dirk Frauenfelder, Betty Jo Penny, and Caroline Jessen, May 23, 2011
    • Frauenfelder, Dick; Penny, Betty Jo; Jessen, Caroline
    • Yuma County (Ariz.); Gadsden (Ariz.); San Luis (Ariz.); Homesteading; Farming; Agricultural laborers--Arizona
    • The Frauenfelder and Lott families settled in Gadsden and southern Yuma County in the early 1900s. The Frauenfelder came in 1920 and the Lotts in 1912. They describe growing up along the border with Mexico, and how they worked in the fields and...
    • Oral History with Donna Gaab, May 20, 2011

    • 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 Betty Grounds, July 8, 2011

    • 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 Bruce Heiden, June 21, 2011

    • Oral History with Bruce Heiden, June 21, 2011
    • Heiden, Bruce
    • Buckeye (Ariz.)--History; Cotton farmers--Arizona--Biography; Schools--Arizona; Water management--Arizona; National Cotton Council of America; Local government--Arizona; Arizona Cotton Growers Association
    • W. Bruce Heiden is a cotton farmer and owner of H Four Farms in Buckeye, Arizona. He was born in 1934 in Buckeye to Walter A. and Louise Marie (Tremblay) Heiden. His father was a mechanic and in 1947 bought the land that the family continues to...
    • Oral History with Martha Hunter, May 3, 2011

    • Oral History with Martha Hunter, May 3, 2011
    • Hunter, Martha
    • Phoenix (Ariz.)--History; Ranching--Arizona; Civic improvement--Arizona--Phoenix; Vineyards--Arizona
    • Martha Ellen (McGeorge) Hunter was born in 1946 in Phoenix, Arizona. She grew up on the Talwiwi Ranch, for which her father served as General Manager of for 20 years. Talwiwi Ranch was owned by Colonel Bumstead and located near Litchfield Road and...
    • Oral History with Kenneth Kelley, July 7, 2011

    • 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 David and Nancy MacCollum, May 16, 2011

    • Oral History with David and Nancy MacCollum, May 16, 2011
    • MacCollum, David V., 1923- ; MacCollum, Nancy
    • Sierra Vista (Ariz.); MacCollum, David V., 1923- ; United States. Army. Corps of Engineers; United States. Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health;
    • David and Nancy MacCollum talk about growing up in Oregon before moving to Arizona in 1963. Mr. and Mrs. MacCollum talk about moving to Arizona and the changes that have occurred in the last 50 years around Sierra Vista, Arizona. Mr. MacCollum...
    • Oral History with Jackie Meck, February 18, 2011

    • Oral History with Jackie Meck, February 18, 2011
    • Meck, Jackie
    • Buckeye (Ariz.)--History; Local government--Arizona; Water rights--Arizona; Farming--Arizona
    • Jackie Meck was the Mayor of Buckeye, Arizona at the time of this interview. He had previously served as Mayor and on the City Council during the 1960s. Mr. Meck was born in Buckeye in 1941 and relates to Verlyne Meck, his wife, the history of the...
    • Oral History with Susan Medlock, April 11, 2011

    • Oral History with Susan Medlock, April 11, 2011
    • Medlock, Susan
    • Superior (Ariz.); Police--Volunteer--Superior (Ariz.); Military spouses--Travel;
    • Susan (Bailey) Medlock has spent almost her entire life around Superior, Arizona. In this interview, she talks about the people and businesses she knew while growing up in Superior. Mrs. Medlock talks about her parents, James and Lucille (Coffee)...
    • Oral History with Sandy Mills, May 18, 2011

    • Oral History with Sandy Mills, May 18, 2011
    • Mills, Sandy
    • Scottsdale (Ariz.); Real estate agents--Arizona
    • Sandy Mills is a real estate agent in Scottsdale, Arizona. In this interview she talks about her work, love of golf, and the expansion of and changes to Scottsdale since the 1980’s. She is a member of the Pinnacle Peak Realtor Marketing Group....
    • Oral History with Manuel Ruiz, January 14, 2011

    • Oral History with Manuel Ruiz, January 14, 2011
    • Ruiz, Manuel
    • Superior (Ariz.)--History; Magma Copper Company; School sports--Coaching--Arizona; Ranching--Arizona; Mining--Arizona; Local government--Arizona
    • Manuel “Manny” Ruiz was born in 1933 to Manuel and Frances (Bertolio) Ruiz and grew up in Superior, Arizona. He played sports in high school and at the Arizona State College in Flagstaff (now Northern Arizona University). After graduating with...
    • Oral History with Ernie Smith, February 17, 2011

    • 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 Emma Torres, February 23, 2011

    • 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...
    • Oral History with Helen Vance, April 22, 2011

    • Oral History with Helen Vance, April 22, 2011
    • Vance, Helen
    • Sierra Vista (Ariz.)--History; Police--Arizona
    • Helen Vance was born in Mexico City in 1930. She talks about living and attending school in Mexico, where her father was a coffee buyer. Mrs. Vance and her husband, Reed Vance, moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona in 1959. Mr. Vance worked for the Sierra...
    • Oral History with Alex Villa, May 26, 2011

    • Oral History with Alex Villa, May 26, 2011
    • Villa, Alex
    • Buckeye (Ariz.)--History; Mexican Americans--Arizona; Korean War, 1950-1953; American Legion--Arizona
    • Alex Villa was born and raised in Buckeye, Arizona. In this interview, he talks about his family history. His maternal grandfather had a homestead in Tempe before moving to Buckeye. Mr. Villa attended Arizona State University for one year and...
    • Oral History with  Bill Wooten, May 10, 2011

    • Oral History with Bill Wooten, May 10, 2011
    • Wooten, Bill
    • Yavapai County (Ariz.)--History; Ford Motor Company; Automobile industry and trade--Quality control
    • Bill Wooten grew up in northern and western Arizona. He recounts his family’s ranch and history in the Prescott and Burro Creek areas. Mr. Wooten worked at the Ford Motor Company Proving Grounds in Yucca, Arizona and talks about the work he did...
    • Oral History with Karl Deffenbaugh, February 24, 2011

    • Oral History with Karl Deffenbaugh, February 24, 2011
    • Deffenbaugh, Karl
    • Superior (Ariz.); Mining; Agriculture; Cultural Diversity; Business
    • Karl Deffenbaugh was born and raised in Superior, Arizona, and has lived all of his life in Arizona. After retiring from the Sears Corporation, Mr. Deffenbaugh moved from Phoenix back to Superior. In this interview, Mr. Deffenbaugh tells about the...
    • Oral History with Guillermo Matus and Mike Yourgules, December 7, 2010

    • Oral History with Guillermo Matus and Mike Yourgules, December 7, 2010
    • Matus, Guillermo; Yourgules, Mike
    • Patagonia (Ariz.); Mining camps--Arizona--History; Patagonia (Ariz.)--Biography; Mowry Mine (Ariz.); Patagonia Mine (Ariz.); Ranching--Arizona--History; Ghost towns--Arizona; Patagonia (Ariz.)--Social life and customs
    • Mike Yourgules and Guillermo “Memo” Matus are longtime residents of Patagonia. Both men grew up in the area, and have held various jobs throughout the region. In this interview, the two men talk about growing up and working in Santa Cruz...
    • Oral History with George Fass, January 26, 2011

    • Oral History with George Fass, January 26, 2011
    • Fass, George
    • World War II; Kingman (Ariz.); Mohave County (Ariz.); Children and family; Ranching; Mining-Arizona
    • George Fass was born in 1929 and raised in Kingman, Arizona and has lived most of his life there. In this interview, Fass relates some of the changes in Kingman as it grew from a small town with only one stop sign and surrounded by ranches, to the...

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