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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Walter Douglas Jr Funeral Procession

Content: Funeral Music / Church organ 0:05, Funeral Music / Church organ 4:27, Funeral Procession 10:19, Hymns 10:55, Church sermon 15:39, Hymns 22:34, Sermon 24:43, Memories of Walter 37:00, Prayer 38:00, Biography of Walter Douglas Jr 38:40

Interviewed By: Unknown

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Wes Allen interviewed by Carl Nelson March 31st 1975

Content: Coming to Bisbee 3:05, Employment 4:20, Operating a rod mill 6:00, Roll house 7:05, Furniture Business 7:55, Furniture Customers 10:50, Getting Furniture 11:30, Prices of Furniture 13:30

Date Recorded: 31/03/1975

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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Wesley Allen interviewed by Carl Nelson - Mar 31, 1975

Content: Dos Cabezas 2:20, Proprietorship 3:10, Rod Mill 3:26, Roll House 3:50, Furniture business 5:05, Inflation 6:40, Arizona manufactures 8:26

Date Recorded: 31/03/1975

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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Westley Allen interviewed by Carl Nelson March 31st 1975

Content: Coming to Arizona 0:50, Coming to Bisbee 3:00, Using a Rod mill 3:30, Roll house 4:30, Furniture Business 5:30, Customers 8:00, Purchasing Furniture 8:30, Prices of Furniture 10:20

Date Recorded: 31/03/1975

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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Wiley James interviewed by Carl Nelson-May 10, 1972

Content: Arriving in Bisbee 0:42, O.K Street 1:40, Sheet metal shop 1:52, Plumbing 4:05, WWI 4:30, WWI victory celebration 5:30, Plumbing 6:40, Model T Automobile 7:30

Date Recorded: 10/05/1972

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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William A. Carnahan interviwed by Arthur Don Kent

Content: Parks and Leisure 2:45,Transportation 7:28, School Life 12:08, Work and Trade 22:00, Hunting 24:10

Interviewed By: Art Kent

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William Beam interviewed by Rod Hutchinson October 4th 1980 (One of Two)

Content: Birth 00:40, Jones Hill 00:55, Company Office 3:15, The Great Depression 11:30, Getting a Job in the Mines 13:40, Pipe Shop 15:10, Dispensary 18:40, **Voices become deep and hard to understand 19:00-39:00** Newspapers 39:20, Different Nationalities in Bisbee 39:30, Phelps Dodge Brings in Finnish Crew 45:00, Pipe Work 47:50, Underground Mining 48:25, Santa Rita Mine 52:20, Sacramento Shaft 56:00, Dances 1:00:45, Movies 1:01:15, Company Picnics 1:04:25, Coaster Races 1:05:05, Juniper Flats 1:07:25, Convict Camp 1:08:10, Swimming 1:10:20, Prohibition 1:12:00

Date Recorded: 04/10/1980

Interviewed By: Rod Hutchinson

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William Beam interviewed by Rod Hutchinson October 4th 1980 (Two of Two)

Content: Prohibition 00:00, ** Voices become deep and hard to understand 3:00-14:30** Ku Klux Klan 14:48, Mexicans Underground and in the Mines 17:50, Baseball 21:05, Football 26:18, Schools in Bisbee 28:25, Dances 28:40, Old Photographs 34:45

Date Recorded: 04/10/1980

Interviewed By: Rod Hutchinson

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William Corkish interviewed by Coleen Crowliet October 4th 1980

Content: Daily Routine 0:10, Political tensions from cold War 0:59, Transportation 3:10, Radio and Television 4:10, Phelps Dodge Corporation 5:29, Democrats and Republicans 6:20

Date Recorded: 04/10/1980

Interviewed By: Coleen Crowliet

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William Corkish interviewed by Coleen Crowliet October 4th 1980 (One of Two)

Content: Coming/Moving to Bisbee 00:20, First Impressions of Bisbee 1:50, Orpheum Theatre 2:55, Prohibition 3:20, Brewery Gulch 5:25, Miners Life 8:00, Underground Mining and Claustrophobia 10:15, Accidents and Fear in the Mines 11:00, Safety Standards 12:01, Unions 12:39, Housing 15:00, Cooking and Traditional Meals 18:00, Holiday Time Off 19:55, Hours and Shifts in the Mines 20:55, Bisbee Neighborhoods 22:35, Mexicans Working Underground 25:50, Ku Klux Klan 28:10, Dating and Social Life 29:13, Dances 31:40, Sag Pit 34:40, Automobiles 36:20, Mining Company Influence 38:00, Music in the 20s 40:25, Housing 44:55, The Great Depression 46:10, Employment in the 1920s 50:00, Roaring 20s Attitude 51:30, Outer News 54:00, Tucson Arizona 55:20, Saturday Night Playing with a Band 58:25, Fights 59:20, Differences in Lifestyle Now and Then 1:01:30

Date Recorded: 04/10/1980

Interviewed By: Coleen Crowliet

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William Marshall interviewed by Carl Nelson June 30th 1972

Content: Family Tree 00:20, Phelps Dodge 2:05, Owners of Trucking Industry 3:00, Delivering Milk 5:30, Fort Huachuca 6:45, Moving Pianos 9:00, Marshall Transfer 12:00, Family Business 13:00, Councilman Duties 18:00

Date Recorded: 30/06/1972

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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William Stevenson interviewed by Cecil Beal

Content: Bisbee Courthouse 0:42, Tombstone 1:30, Marriage 3:30, Dixie Canyon 4:20, Ranches 6:00, Pack Mules 6:40, Pierce Mine 7:45, Gleason, Arizona 10:00, Railroad 11:30, Business locations 14:00, Mill fire 14:30, Mining 15:30, First mine in Bisbee 18:05, Transportation 18:40, Street Car 20:05, Orpheum Theater 20:58, Flooding 21:50, Tombstone Canyon 20:30, Phelps Dodge Store 23:20

Interviewed By: Cecil Beal

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Ygnacio Montijo interviewed by Beverly Woods September 27, 1994 (Three of Three)

Content: La Caliente Mine Bisbee 0:13, Moving to Bisbee 2:35, Business Locations 4:45, Delivering for Phelps Dodge 5:40, Bancroft School 6:50, Bisbee Courthouse Construction 7:35, Tombstone Courthouse 9:00, Military Tailor 14:00, Erwin Fry 16:15, Moving Cemeteries 17:00, Mining 25:30, Benson Mining 43:20,

Date Recorded: 27/09/1994

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Ygnacio Montijo interviewed by Beverly Woods September 27th 1994 (One of Three)

Content: Mexican Immigration 0:01, Native American Calvary War 2:00, Curtis and Contention Arizona 3:50, Native American relations 6:00, Family Tree 10:30, San Pedro Environment 14:50, Family Tree part two, Silver Mining 26:00, Birthday 31:45, Mother's Mayan heritage 32:00, Charleston 39:50, Tombstone High School 44:00, Earthquake 51:10, Discrimination 52:40, Prohibition Bootlegging 1:00:00

Date Recorded: 27/09/1994

Interviewed By: Not Set

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Ygnacio Montijo interviewed by Beverly Woods September 27th 1994 (Two of Three)

Content: Distilling Tequila and Mescal 0:03, Babocomari River 3:00, 4:30 Soldiers Tailor 4:30, Farming 5:40, Chinese Immigrants 7:30, Fire 11:00, Businesses 12:00, Ice Plant 14:50, Power Plant 16:45, Trains 18:45, Tobacco Fields 22:15, Gleeson 25:39, Automobiles 26:00, Courtland 36:50, Pearce and Dos Cabezas 43:00, Snow 50:00, Shatuuck Mine 1:00;10, Cochise Dubaker Canyon 1:01:45

Date Recorded: 27/09/1994

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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