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.

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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