History Up Close & Personal

History Up Close & Personal

Bisbee’s storied past is recorded, reflected, and retold in the Museum’s oral history collection. Share a smile at the memories of growing up, living, and working in Bisbee in its heyday as a thriving industrial city with a definite personality. If you are interested only in certain topics, such as mining, banking, holidays, ranching… you name it, use the keyword search.

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Abbie Bigelow interviewed by Beverly Woods March 27th 1992

Content: Charles Henry Malcolm 0:09, Raid on First Ranch 1:25, Molly Davis 2:50, Nelly B. Davis 3:20, Juniper Flats 4:25, Tombstone Canyon 4:53, Juniper Flats 5:50, Dr. Hunt 6:32, Tombstone Canyon 7:00, Cattle Ranch 7:24, School 7:26, Tombstone Canyon 8:13, Southerners Coming to Bisbee 9:48, Transportation 11:25, Tombstone Canyon 11:56, Library 12:09, Louis Springs 15:10, Chinese Immigrants 15:25, Prejudice 16:45, Saulus Family 17:05, Food Shortages 18:50, Diet 20:10, Ranch Life 21:20……..duplicate?

Date Recorded: 27/03/1992

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Abbie Encinas interviewed by Art Kent-Feb 5, 1980

Content: Employment 0:48, Raising children 2:00, Population of Bisbee 2:19, Well water 2:40, Grocery 3:08, Roads 3:50, Population of Bisbee 4:10, Mexican immigration 4:30, Reservoir 5:02, Pastimes 6:35, Horses and Burros 7:05, Mining 7:50, Cattle ranching 9:10, School 9:50, Transportation 11:10, Business locations 12:10, Health 12:50, Utility services 14:01, Land ownership 15:10, Population of Bisbee 16:20, Pastimes 18:01, Mason meat market 19:01, Flooding 19:30, Business locations 20:01, Christmas 21:20, Clothing 21:45, Horse and Buggy 22:45, Death 25:00

Date Recorded: 05/02/1980

Interviewed By: Art Kent

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Adela Grant interviewed by Coleen Crowliet

Content: Family Tree 00:30, Bisbee Deportation 8:30, Childhood Memories 11:40, Housing 17:50, Clubs and Dances 22:10, Entertainment 29:00, The Great Depression 36:10, Garden and Cooking 38:30, Boiling Herbs and Natural Remedies 43:50, Cooking with a Wood Stove 47:55, Blacksmith 51:25, Pool Halls 55:40, Zacatecas Canyon 55:45, Childhood Memories 58:30

Interviewed By: Coleen Crowliet

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Adela Grant interviewed by Coleen Crowliet August 7th 1993 (Two of Two)

Content: Mexico 00:20, Church 7:55, Pancho Villa 15:50, Shootings 20:00, Family Tree 21:40, Raising Dahlias 22:40, Chickens 25:35, Typhoid 26:00, Laundry 28:25, Groceries 34:00, Marriage 36:40, Shopping 37:15, Family Tree 38:20, Church 40:00, Memories 44:30

Date Recorded: 07/08/1993

Interviewed By: Coleen Crowliet

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Agnes Downs interviewed by Beverly Woods July 24th 1994

Content: Family Tree 00:10, School 9:40, Street Car 11:15, Traffic Circle 13:00, Bakerville 14:18, Shopping 17:10, School 18:45, Stores 19:50, Market in Lowell 20:40, Chores 22:00, Ice Man 23:10, Electricity 25:11, First Washing Machine 26:45, Preserving/Canning 27:20, Cooking 28:15, Social Organizations 30:50, Streetcar 31:40, Swimming Pool 32:05, Dances 33:15, The Roaring 20s 34:50, Louis Springs 36:15, Circus Coming to Town 36:25, Flu Epidemic 37:40, Deportation 38:50, The Great Depression 39:35, Teaching in Fairbanks 42:50, Marriage 46:25, Christmas 50:25, 4th of July 52:50, Weather 58:00

Date Recorded: 24/07/1994

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Al Plumly interviewed by Coleen Crowliet 1981 tape appears 2nd of 3

Content: Philandering Wives 3:00, Red Light District 4:30, Naco's brothels 8:00, Prohibition 12:00, Music 17:00, Fights 24:00, Mining 28:00 Rats in Mine 33:45, Cave In 35:00, Worker's Compensation 41:05, Mucking process 47:50, Dynamite 55:50, Gold 1:01:45

Interviewed By: Coleen Crowliet

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Al Plumly interviewed by Coleen Crowliet March 10th 1981 (One of Two)

Content: Coming to Cochise County 00:30, Ranching 1:45, Working in the Mines 2:30, Getting a Job in the Mines 4:10, First Day on the Job 5:15, Bonus Work 7:00, Changing Drill Bits 9:20, Teamwork in the Mines 10:35, Blasting in the Mines 16:40, Injury/Accident 17:10, Sacramento Hill 19:15, Favorite Job in the Mines 22:30, Nicknames 23:45, Dry Drilling 26:10, Jokes 27:00, Housing in Bisbee 29:40, Entertainment 31:20, Foreign Club 32:30, Gambling 36:20, Cars 37:30, Dancing 39:05, Dating 40:35, Boarding Houses 41:30, Friendships 42:45, Unions 44:10, Bisbee Deportation 44:45, Phelps Dodge 45:50, Minerals 48:20, Discrimination 49:00, Quitting the Mines 51:30, Thoughts of Bisbee 52:30, Family Tree 54:10, Recreation 55:50, Boarding House Rules 56:15

Date Recorded: 10/03/1981

Interviewed By: Coleen Crowliet

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Alfred and Maryjo Tuell interviewed by Jim Cox

Content: Family Tree 00:40, Dentist Office 1:40, Hospital 6:40, Family Ranch 10:00, Courtship 12:15, Divide 13:10, Homes Near the Divide 17:15, Gypsies 18:55, Cattle 21:45, Winwood Addition 25:10, Dairy 26:00, Boy Scouts 28:15, Dances 30:10, Warren Drug 31:15, Water Supply 35:30

Interviewed By: Jim Cox

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Alfred Williams interviewed by Unknown

Content: Family Tree 0:40, Home Life 6:00, Marriage 6:50, Fine China 7:58, Artwork 8:30, Watercolors 15:02, LDS church 17:13, Mining 19:01, Grocery 20:08, Saloons 21:03, Odd Fellows lodge 24:00, Scottish Miners 27:42

Interviewed By: Not Set

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Alice Metz interviewed by Unknown

Content: Copper Queen ore 0:44, Fresh Elements discovered 0:53, Benson Smelting Company 2:06, Picnic 8:36, Cochise County Census 13:28, Flood 15:24, Fire 17:09, Indian depredations 20:13, Account of Thaddeus T Burn 23:22, Cochise 26:35, Various traders 29:19, Ft. Bowie 30:26, Geronimo 31:41, Sulpher Springs Agency robbery and murders 34:17, Rucker Mine 35:08, ore located by George Warren 41:47, Phelps Dodge Company 46:49

Interviewed By: Not Set

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Alice Metz interviewed by Unknown

Content: Reading of newspaper articles 0:10, Cave exploration 1:40, Mineral deposits 3:28, Alabaster Lake 4:39, The Grotto 5:41,Reading of newspaper article 8:45, Brophy merchant services 10:01, Various merchants 12:38, Various services around early Bisbee 14:05, Various mining shafts 15:40, George Warren and the discovery of ore 16:49, Indian Massacre by George Warren 21:01, George Warren mining claims 23:01, Copper Queen Library 26:44

Interviewed By: Not Set

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Alice Metz interviewer unknown

Content: Faro game 0:18, Ranching 2:30, U.S military service 3:35, W.H Savage 4:45, Mexican American War 5:50, Military service 6:15, Methodist church 8:48, Politicians 9:30, The Shakespeare, Copper ore yields 10:30,

Interviewed By: Unknown

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Alice Palmer additional interviewees unknown, interviewer unknown - date unknown

Content: Pranks 2:00, Fruit Trees 3:00, Lowell's Farmes Market 3:30, Vista Park homes 6:15, Tintown 12:45, Don Luis 13:15, Apache raids 15:30

Interviewed By: Unknown

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Alice Palmer interviewer unknown - Dec 3, 1970

Content: Tombstone Canyon gang 0:35, Mayer Ave 1:10, Grocery stores 1:55, Grocery solicitor 2:30, Theatres 3:00, Tombstone Canyon 3:40, Woolworth Building 4:55, Water wells 7:30, City water 7:50, Quality Hill 12:25, Boarding house 13:20

Date Recorded: 03/12/1970

Interviewed By: Unknown

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Alta Stitt interviewed by Art Kent 1997

Content: Family 0:49, Native Americans 2:38, Central School 7:15, Baker canyon 9:18, Children 11:48, uptown 13:10, Dance halls 13:57, Dam 17:28, Ranching 18:30, Flood 21:00, La yorona 22:00, Death 25:00, Native Americans 26:29, John Slaughter 27:51, African Americans 28:35, Hospital 32:36, Mexican Immigration 38:01

Interviewed By: Art Kent

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Amos Chenowith interviewed by Beverly Woods

Content: Cooking 0:15, Cattle drives 2:21, Cattle roundups 5:00, Cooking 7:51, Breaking horses 14:39, Cutting horse 19:05, Branding 21:29, Ranching 24:10, Different cattle brands 26:05, chuck wagon 27:40, The triangle 28:57, Cattle inspections 32:10, Highway 35:05, Chuck wagon 36:30, Milk cows 37:44, Cooking and preserving food 39:00, Nicksville 46:30, Pink Murray 47:40, Slaughterhouse 50:25

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Amos Chenowith interviewed by Beverly Woods

Content: Roping calf 0:23, Cow milking 2:41, Horses 6:15,Riding Horses 7:59, Butchering calf 18:12, Chuck wagons 19:40, Douglass cattle inspections 21:08, co-workers 22:50, cattle inspections 23:57, Cattle dogs 26:58, Farm foreclosure 35:45, Farm mortgage 45:01, Death by shootout 46:40, Roping competition 48:16, Fist fight 52:00, Rodeo 54:05

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Amos Chenowith interviewed by Beverly Woods and Jim Burnett-Jan 23, 1996

Content: Shootout 0:30, Prison break 2:10, Evading the law 5:03, Brazil 5:45, Marriage 6:20,Bananas 7:05, Death 7:48, Train 9:00, Ranching 9:25, Brazilian Immigration 12:15, Vegetable garden 14:17

Date Recorded: 23/01/1996

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Amos Chenowith interviewed by Beverly Woods-Feb 4, 1997

Content: Work and Trade 0:20, Cattle Ranching 3:00, Mining 4:28, Boarding Houses 8:05, Mining revisited 10:00, Cattle Ranching revisited 15:51, Mining part III 25:00, Gas Drilling 44:45, Landmarks 57:00

Date Recorded: 04/02/1997

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Angel Baldenegra interviewed by Robert Munson

Content: mining 1:00, Miner housing 4:05, Shattuck **BAD AUDIO QUALITY

Interviewed By: Robert Munson

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Anita Ribic

Content: University of Arizona 0:08, The Great Depression 0:40, Dorm supervisor 3:23, Coarse curriculum 5:20, Buffalo Soldiers 6:30, Segregated School conditions 6:53, Welfare fraud 11:08, Social worker 15:01, Office violence 19:36, Welfare state 21:53, End of state welfare programs 25:41, Traveling 26:50, Prejudice against Mexicans 34:01, Tuberculosis 36:23, Marriage 40:52, Family 56:45

Interviewed By: Not Set

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Anita Ribic interviewed by Beverly Woods - Feb 20, 1991

Content: Lineage 0:14, English immigration 0:35, Benson 5:30, Tombstone proprietorship 7:18, Brewery Gulch Shoe Shop 8:08, Tombstone Canyon 10:00, Apache raid 12:20, Water supply 15:40, Mining claims 17:25, Bisbee Deportation 20:35, Brewery Gulch 27:50, Flood 28:37, Organization 29:48, Rental property 44:00, Diet 53:40, Icebox 59:00, World War I Knitting 59:45, Grocery Solicitor 101:15

Date Recorded: 20/02/1991

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Anna Garcia interviewed by Beverly Woods-Jan 11, 1994

Content: Family history 0:11, World War II 3:03, Mining 3:59, Immigration 5:03, Racial inequalities 5:30, Native American attack 8:15, Naco, Arizona 13:00, Marriage 13:33, Donkey rides 15:20, Swimming 15:30, Kite hill 15:45, Greyhound bus 16:50, Sacred Heart Church 18:25, Walking 19:20, Childhood Home 21:20, Dams 22:30, Homemaking 22:30, Television 24:38, Telephone 25:27, Sewing 27:59, YMCA 32:20, Quilting 34:20, Clothing 37:30, Bazaar 41:14, Woolworth 41:30, Phelps Dodge Store 41:31, Newberry's 43:43, Embroidery 45:17, Great Depression 50:16, Darning 54:35

Date Recorded: 11/01/1994

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Anonymous interviewed by Rod Hutchinson

Content: Working for Copper Queen Hotel 00:01, Bisbee Layout 4:20, Different Jobs in the Mines 16:00, Prohibition 20:20, Johnson Addition 22:10, Transportation 25:20, Country Club 28:58, Ku Klux Klan 32:55, Work in the Shattuck Mines 44:20, Laundry Truck in California 46:10, Age of Miners 50:10, Mine Tour 51:45, Shafts in Johnson Addition 53:55

Interviewed By: Rod Hutchinson

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