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Anton Trojanovich Sr. Oral History, Part 2/2
Part OfAnton Trojanovich Sr. Oral HistoryIntervieweeTrojanovich, JohnInterviewerMcBride, JoyceBrowse TopicBusiness and IndustryCommunity GroupsLaborLand, Environment, and Natural ResourcesSociety and CultureSubjectGlobe, ArizonaDescriptionAnton Jr. and Mary Jonovich Trojanovich, and John Trojanovich Anton Jr. graduated from Globe High School and then went to Loyola and Stanford Universities. He was in the top 10 percent of the training class of the first Los Angeles Police Department. His brother Buster who graduated from Stanford was a high diver. His sister Fanna was a swimmer. Fanna and Buster were lifeguards in California. Anton Jr. was a lifeguard too, but he also liked being a trick rider for movies. Once time Fanna and Anton Jr. swam from Hotel Point to Arrowhead in Roosevelt Lake. He told John a story about a German amphibious plane landing there at Hotel Point to refuel, catching fire and burning. Anton Jr. enlisted in World War I, trained at Norfolk, VA and served on a destroyer for a while. His discharge papers list him as being married, wife unknown. John remembers a few stories his father told him about his wild youth. One time, Anton Jr. and friends got drunk, went to Safford to a movie where they were arrested for disorderly conduct and incarcerated in an adobe jail. They talked the jailer into taking an axe to the wall, from which they escaped and fled back to Globe. Anton Sr. took care of the pursuing law enforcement concerns. Another story involved too much to drink, a fancy new car and foolishly taking a challenge to cross Pinal Creek at flood stage, another narrow escape! Anton Jr. married Mary Jonovich in 1939. Mary Jonovich had been in mourning for a long time. Her father had died young and she was now also a widow. They had planned to marry in Lordsburg, New Mexico, but when they got there everything was closed, so they turned back and married in Safford instead. John is the older son and George is the younger. They lived in a two-story house in Globe and John attended Kindergarten at Hill Street School. The corporate offices were relocated to Phoenix and the family moved there. John and George attended schools in Phoenix until 1960, when the family business went bankrupt. When they lost everything, including their homes, the family returned to Globe. Anton Jr. went to work for the sheriff’s office. He was then elected Constable, but within months he was diagnosed with cancer. The night Anton Jr. died in 1968, Mary was appointed to fill his vacancy. Mary was later elected in her own right and served as Constable for another 23 years. John was living in Tucson and recently divorced with two children when Mary Trojanovich retired. She left Globe to take care of her grandchildren and lived there until she died in 2004. John was a senior in high school with plans of going into engineering when his family went bankrupt in 1960. So instead, he dropped out of high school and took a job working for Arizona Department of Transportation. It was a tough start for him because he was young, inexperienced and had gotten the job through political pulls. But eventually John was accepted and soon promoted and loaned out to various assignments. He worked for ASU on an electro-osmosis project on Highway 40, he worked with the Highway Patrol and also rewired Signal Peak. He recalls a special assignment where he went to Canada to approve the first truck off an assembly line followed by the ultimate gourmet dinner in Vancouver, BC listening to his grandmother’s favorite song, “Harbor Lights.” , John was the equipment manager when he retired from ADOT the end of 2013. He’d worked for the State of Arizona 53 years. Audio Length00:19:46Date Original2015-10-17Date Range1870s (1870-1879)1880s (1880-1889)1890s (1890-1899)1900s (1900-1909)1910s (1910-1919)1920s (1920-1929)1930s (1930-1939)1940s (1940-1949)1950s (1950-1959)1960s (1960-1969)1970s (1970-1979)1980s (1980-1989)2000s (2000-2009)2010s (2010-2019)TypeSound- NonmusicalOriginal FormatOral historiesLanguageEnglishContributing InstitutionGila County Historical MuseumCollectionOral Histories of Globe High SchoolRights StatementThe opinions expressed in this interview are those of the interviewee and interviewer only. They do not represent the views of the Gila County Historical Society of Globe High School. Please contact the Gila County Historical Society Museum, located at 1330 North Broad Street, Globe, AZ 85501; call 928-425-7385 or email [email protected] with questions concerning content or the use and reproduction of this resource.
Oral HistoryAnton Trojanovich Sr.
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