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    • Oral History with Harvey Dietrich, April 7, 2011

    • Dietrich, Harvey
    • Stockyards--Arizona; Meat--Packing industry--Arizona; Meat--Packing industry--California; Livestock--Arizona
    • Harvey Dietrich discusses how he got started in the meat packing and cattle industry in Los Angeles during the 1950s. He talks about some of the companies he has worked for, including the Globe Packing Company in Los Angeles and Highland and...
    • Oral History with Francisco Escobar Sr., April 26, 2011

    • Escobar, Francisco Sr.
    • Douglas (Ariz.); Sierra Vista (Ariz.); Fort Huachuca (Ariz.); Korean War, 1950-1953--Aerial operations, American; Computer technicians--United States--Biography
    • Francisco A. Escobar Sr. was born in 1931 and raised in Douglas, Arizona. His parents were originally from Sonora, Mexico. Mr. Escobar served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a radio operator in a B-29 bomber and later an EMC...
    • 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 David Gunckel, April 22, 2011

    • Gunckel, David
    • Sierra Vista (Ariz.); Library Administration--Arizona; Sierra Vista Public Library (Ariz.);
    • David Gunckel is a retired Director of Library Services for Sierra Vista, Arizona. In this interview he talks about growing up as the son of a Navy pilot who was stationed at bases around the country, his family and education, and why he wanted to...
    • 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 Robert Kravetz, April 21, 2011

    • Kravetz, Robert
    • Phoenix (Ariz.)--History; Phoenix Indian Medical Center; Physicians--Arizona--Biography;
    • Dr. Robert Kravetz was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. He is a specialist in Gastroenterology (digestive diseases). Dr. Kravetz first came to Phoenix in 1961 as part of Public Health to work at the Phoenix Indian Hospital for two...
    • Oral History with Gertrude Lopez, April 9, 2011

    • Lopez, Gertrude
    • Tohono O'Odham Indians--Social life and customs; Tohono O'odham Reservation (Ariz.); Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. Education Department; Substance abuse--Arizona
    • Gertrude "Gertie" Lopez is Tohono O'odham. She was born in 1959 on the Pima Reservation in Sacaton, Arizona and grew up on the Tohono O'odham Reservation. Ms. Lopez talks about her family and life on the reservation, including music, food,...
    • 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 Paul Medlock, April 11, 2011

    • Medlock, Paul
    • Superior (Ariz.)--Social Life and customs; Magma Copper Company; Vietnam War, 1961-1975
    • Paul Medlock was born in 1949 and adopted by Ray and Grace Medlock. He grew up in Superior, Arizona, where he still lives today. Mr. Medlock related his early years living in "Smeltertown," a small housing project on the road to the Magma Copper...
    • 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 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 Elsie Needles, April 29, 2011

    • Needles, Elsie
    • Bullhead City (Ariz.)--History; Museum exhibits--Planning; Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)--History, Local
    • Elsie Needles is a member of the Colorado River Museum. She has a lovely interest in local history. Ms. Needles prepares special displays and presents programs for the museum.
    • 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 John Salem, February 10, 2011

    • Salem, John
    • Kingman (Ariz.)--Local government; Service stations--Arizona;
    • Edward John Salem, Jr. was serving his second term as Mayor of Kingman at the time of the interview. He has worked in the auto repair industry since his days growing up in the Phoenix area, and archived the coveted ASE Master Automobile Service...
    • 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 Frank Soltys, February 18, 2011

    • Soltys, Frank
    • Tucson (Ariz.)--History; Neighborhood associations--Arizona--Tucson; Youths--Conservation projects (Natural resources)--Arizona
    • Frank Soltys was 8 years old when his family moved to Tucson, AZ in 1959. His father became the Sports Information Director at the University of Arizona. Mr. Soltys talks about his family and what it was like growing up in Tucson. After graduating...
    • Oral History with Jack and Mary Song, January 27, 2011

    • Song, Jack; Song, Mary
    • Scottsdale (Ariz.)--History; Chinese Americans--Arizona--Biography; Chinese restaurants--Arizona--Scottsdale; Bars (Drinking establishments)--Arizona--Scottsdale; Jazz musicians
    • Jack and Mary Song were restaurant owners in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jack Song was born in Chandler, Arizona in 1929 and moved to Scottsdale before he was a year old. He talks about growing up in Scottsdale, the schools he attended, and being the only...

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