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Jo Baeza Oral History, Part 1/2
Part OfJo Baeza Oral HistoryIntervieweeJo BaezaInterviewerJoyce McBrideBrowse TopicBusiness and IndustryCommunity GroupsEducationLaborLand, Environment, and Natural ResourcesNative AmericansSociety and CultureSubjectOral historiesArizona HistoryArizona History 20th CenturyNavajo County (Ariz.)BiographyArizona Culture KeeperNewspapers--ArizonaPinetop, (Ariz.)U.S. Forest ServiceDescriptionPart 1: Jo was born in Minnesota immersed in history and writing. Her great grandparents built one of the first hotels in the territory in 1854, encountering the Dakota-Sioux conflict on the edge of the frontier. Her grandfather Johnson was a historian and a writer, and Jo spent much of her childhood growing up on his knee and in the family's historic hotel. Jo's mother's side of the family first came to America in 1644, moved west and were schoolteachers. Great grandparents on both sides were newspaper people. Her parents met in Nebraska in 1929 and Jo was born in 1931 when her parents took over the operations of the hotel. During WWII, they moved to Renton, WA to work in the shipyards, and then returned. When she graduated, Jo received a scholarship to Stanford University in California. On the way through Arizona, they stopped in Winslow for gas. The gas station and adjoining motel had a For Sale sign up and so her father bought them both. While Jo attended Stanford University her parents settled in Winslow. Jo talks about what Winslow and Holbrook was like, and the people who influenced her life there in the 1950's. She also tells a story about Augusta Larsen. In 1956, Jo married a rancher named Clooney Jeffers. They were married for 8 years. She tells a poignant story of her life on a ranch, the loss of her baby, and her friend Margaret Gibson, of the Gibson Ranch. During this time she wrote her book, "Ranch Wife."Audio Length00:40:30Date Original2011-08-04Date Range1860s (1860-1869)1870s (1870-1879)1920s (1920-1929)1930s (1930-1939)1940s (1940-1949)1950s (1950-1959)TypeSound- NonmusicalOriginal FormatOral historiesLanguageEnglishContributing InstitutionPinetop-Lakeside Historical Society MuseumCollectionOral Histories of Pinetop, Lakeside, McNary and Whiteriver, ArizonaRights StatementThe opinions expressed in this interview are those of the interviewee only. They do not represent the views of the Pinetop-Lakeside Historical Society Museum. Please contact the Pinetop-Lakeside Historical Society Museum with questions about the use and reproduction of this resource.
City or TownWinslowCountyNavajo CountyStateArizonaCountryUnited StatesGeoNames URIhttps://sws.geonames.org/5321473
IdentifierBaeza, Jo History, Part 1.mp3Date Digitized2011-08-04Digital FormatMP3File Size39 MB
Jo Baeza Oral History, Part 1/2, [Baeza, Jo History, Part 1.mp3]. Arizona Memory Project, accessed 09/06/2023, https://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/nodes/view/162635