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.

Fred Thomas interviewed by Boyd Nicholls April 28th 2004 (Two of Two)

Content: Cross Cut Crews 00:10, Machinery 16:10, Temperatures in the Mines 25:00, Cross Cut Crews 25:20, Maze Underground 40:25, Working in the Bottom of the Pit 45:50, Underground Memories 46:50

Date Recorded: 28/04/2004

Interviewed By: Boyd Nicholl

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Fred Valenzuela interviewed by Jim Cox

Content: Snow storm 1:19, Bad Recording*** 2:30, Death by exposure 4:55, Snow storm subsides 6:00, Tin town 7:35, Immigration 9:10, Murder investigation 10:48, Army soldiers 12:18, Chief of Police Sanchez murder investigation 18:39, Conspiracy of Murder 21:43, Murder 25:00

Interviewed By: Jim Cox

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Fred Valenzuela interviewed by Jim Cox

Content: U.S customs 0:40, Capturing contraband 3:00, U.S customs patrol 4:50, murder by international smuggler 5:40, Mexican revolution-the 1st known bombing of American soil 1929 (accidentally) 8:01, Cattle drive 10:45, Gambling house 12:41, Mexican land ownership 14:19, Studebaker automobile 17:08, Naco hotel 18:50, Chinese immigration 20:32, Boarding house 21:15, Cabaret 25:30, Ranching 27:57, Wagon trails 29:50

Interviewed By: Jim Cox

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Fred Valenzuela interviewer unknown

Content: Wagon trails 0:10, Roads 0:40, Snow 1:31, Evolution of Roads 1:45, Wagon trails 2:00, Patagonia, Arizona 2:39, Murder 3:30, Covered Wagons 4:38

Interviewed By: Not Set

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Garvin Frosco (tape 2) interviewed by Beverly Woods-June 7, 1999

Content: Phelps Dodge and the Lavender Pit closure 2:20, Unions 4:57, Model T Ford 6:42, Job Rustling 6:52, Bakery 10:30, Marriage 12:20, Navy Service 16:00, College 19:00, Injury 22:40, Sanitary Nipper 26:50

Date Recorded: 07/06/1999

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Garvin Frosco interviewed by Beverly Woods-June 7, 1999

Content: Boarding house 1:15, Bed bugs 3:10, Shoes 3:40, Lincoln School 6:29, Hitchhiking 9:20, Miner violence and Alcohol abuse 10:28, "Canyon Rats" 16:00, High School 18:45, Mining 20:19, Mucker 22:39, Underground mining fires 27:00,Flooded mine 33:20, Water carts 44:20, Mining cage 46:59, Mining injury 52:30, Underground boon gang 58:30, Duties of a gang boss 1:00:40

Date Recorded: 07/06/1999

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Gene Bendixon interviewed by Beverly Woods-Interviewed July 15, 1998

Content: Mining 0:13, Underground Mining 0:45, Shafts 1:45, Mining accident 3:00, Workman's compensation 4:50, Drilling and Blasting 6:30, Diamond drilling 7:20, Lightning strike fire 36:50, Motor Men 38:00, Cave-ins 39:20, Open pit mining 40:45, Health of miners 41:50, Blasting 42:20, Mules 44:20, Racial inequalities 45:05, Mexican Immigration 46:00, Friendships 47:20, Theft 51:35, Copper water 53:30, Open pit mining 54:37, Flooding 56:20

Date Recorded: 15/07/1998

Interviewed By: Not Set

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Gene Bendixon interviewed by Beverly Woods-Nov 16,1992

Content: 0:20 421 Black Knob, Danish Immigrants 0:30, Mining Corporations 5:30, Cager 6:40, Marriage 7:40, Irish Immigration 8:05, Family life 9:30, Infrastructure 11:40, Softball 12:40, Finnish Immigration 13:20, German Town 14:00, English Immigration 14:40, Lincoln School 15:20, Brewery Gulch 17:20, Sims road 19:20, Highland Park 20:20, Native American Tribes 23:00, Chinese Immigration Chinese Merchants 24:00, Skating 27:30, Street Car 28:30, Prohibition 30:25, Population and Deforestation 35:45, Fruit Orchard 37:15, Business locations 38:50, Baseball leagues 42:10, 4th of July 47:30, Softball 49:45, Theft 50:45, The Great Depression 52:10, Vacationing 53:50

Date Recorded: 16/11/1992

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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George Hardt interviewed by Beverly Woods-May 26, 1993

Content: The Great Depression 0:40, Horse and Buggy 2:50, Underground Mining 3:11, Gardening 4:02, Bisbee Junction 6:39, Train 6:53, Childhood 9:43, Hiking 10:44, Fire 11:09, Collecting coal 12:54, Cow tips 12:54, Cooking 14:00, Refrigeration 14:15, Mail Service 14:50, School 16:09, Grocery stores 16:09, Lowell Market 21:27, Canning 22:35, Laundry 23:20, Naco Meat Market 23:50, Pig farming 24:30, Immigration 25:25, Christmas 26:17, Baking 28:12, Shows 28:45, Motorcycle Transportation 29:15, Mexican Revolution 30:03, Saddle theft 31:30, Rain 32:09, Farming 33:45, Snow 35:09, Hunting 35:26, Wildlife 36:50, Raising poultry 38:40, Supply truck 40:30, Phelps Dodge Corporation 41:55, Model "T" Ford 44:07, Dairy 46:22, Marriage 53:47, Adobe Home 59:01, International travel 1:02:01

Date Recorded: 26/05/1993

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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George Wright interviewed by Rod Hutchinson August 13th 1980

Content: **00:00-00:30 Bad Feedback** Mine Work 00:31, Safety Procedures 2:45, Working for Phelps Dodge 3:05, Depression 4:32, Entertainment 4:50, Marriage 3:40, Pool Hall 6:00, Naco 6:10, Pay Schedule 6:45, Church 7:39, Traveling Outside of Bisbee 9:40, Brewery Gulch 10:45, Movies and Entertainment 11:15, Automobiles 12:27, Mules in the Mines 13:00, Old Bisbee Shopping 14:02, Dixie Canyon 14:59, Prospecting 15:15, Warren Shaft 17:05, Practical Jokes 18:55, Union 21:00, Wages 21:15, Nicknames in the Mines 21:45, Different Jobs in the Mines 21:55, Working in Mexico 22:54, Foreman in the Mines 23:30, Retirement 23:47, Living Conditions 24:30, Gas 25:00, Natural Gas 25:30, Electricity 25:50, Cost of Living 26:00, Grocery Shopping 26:20, Farmers Market 26:40, Collecting Minerals 31:39, Weather in Bisbee 34:30, Coming to Bisbee 35:39, Mucking 37:58, Turn Sheet 39:10, Accidents in the Mine 40:15, Development in the Mines 40:20, Dynamite 41:10, Wages 42:40, Shaft Work 45:40, Different Jobs in the Mines 49:00 Accidents in the Mines 51:20, **52:35-end of tape is all a direct repeat of 00:31-7:39**

Date Recorded: 13/08/1980

Interviewed By: Rod Hutchinson

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