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.

Tom Muat interviewed by Carl Nelson

Content: Living in Bisbee 00:10, Bisbee Deportation 00:20, Churches 2:20, Newspapers 3:30, Fight 3:55, School 4:20, Fort Huachuca 5:10, Banks of Bisbee 5:35, Electric Service 8:30, Deportation 10:00, Copper Queen Hotel 12:20, Bisbee Mines 13:10

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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Tony Perotti, interviewed by Beverly Woods - Feb 22, 1994

Content: Italian immigration 0:10, Lineage 1:00, Mines 8:00, Mining claim 9:45, Mona Lisa mine 11:50, Fairbanks train line 15:00, Automobile 16:40, House 17:20, Courtland 18:00, Trains 20:00, Schools 22:05, Baseball 24:10, Courtland grocery stores 25:10, Chores 28:55, Utilities 29:35, Water supply 29:50, Telephone service 30:15, Rain 32:15, Ethnicity 34:20, Illegal immigration 35:20, Christmas 36:20, Food diet 39:30, Hunting 43:10, Dairy 43:50, The Great Depression 47:20, Gambling 49:40, Tombstone 55:50,

Date Recorded: 22/02/1994

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Unk Unk ("John Doe") interviewer unknown

Content: John Campbell Greenway 0:23, Biography of John Campbell Greenway 1:05, Schooling 2:09, Bio of John Campbell Greenway 3:30, Employment in various mining companies 4:25, Copper mining companies 6:53, Ajo, Arizona 7:45, Smelting process 9:41, Rough Riders 9:57, Theodore Roosevelt 11:13, WWI 12:18, Daily Life 14:23, Automobile 16:32, Marriage 17:25, Children of John Campbell Greenway 18:05, Various titles of John Campbell Greenway 19:03

Interviewed By: Not Set

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Vance Haynes interviewed by Carl Nelson 1974

Content: Archaeological excavating of Prehistoric man 0:25, Flooding 1:35, Mammoth kill sites 1:55, Clovis Man 3:01, Naco Mammoth find 3:36, Murray Springs mammoth kill 3:50, Various kill sites 5:40, Preservation of kill sites 5:40, Climate change and erosion 8:30, Preservation of kill sites 10:50

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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Vera Hopkins interviewed by Beverly Woods

Content: WWI 0:05, Flu epidemic 0:26, Small Pox 0:48, Small pox 0:48, Native American horse race 2:14, Electricity 4:41, Schooling 6:45, Marriage 10:01, Family 12:30, Practical jokes 16:51, Drunken miner 24:10, illness 26:01

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Vera Hopkins interviewed by Beverly Woods-Jan 30, 1996

Content: 0:28 Parker family, Dancing 0:48, Parker Canyon 2:35, Various mining towns 4:40, Dance halls 6:01, Parker Family 8:40, cooking 12:40, Turkey raising 15:07, Adobe home 17:23, Canning 17:37, Hominy 19:40, Raising orphans 21:55, Household chores 23:39, Pancho Villa 25:18, Orphans 27:01, Childhood 29:58, smoking and preserving 31:24, Chuck Wagon 33:20, Ranch dogs 36:20, grocery stores 38:12, Church 39:51, orphans 47:00, Schooling 48:28, Horseback riding 50:50, Model T Ford 51:40, Rain 53:43, Food 55:00, illness 57:05, Horseback riding 59:45

Date Recorded: 30/01/1996

Interviewed By: Beverly Woods

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Vessa Merrill interviewed by Cecil Beal

Content: Native American Raid 1:10, Horse theft by Native Americans 2:00, Killed by Native Americans 2:35, Marriage 3:33, Attempted horse theft 4:03, Hoisting Engineer 5:10, 4th of July 6:15, Central School 7:15, Brewery gulch 7:45, Water burros 8:43, Chinese Immigration 9:00, Schooling 9:45, Teaching 10:42, Biography 13:20, Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints 13:45, Warren Hill 14:10, Arizona State University 14:24, Marriage 14:53, Health 16:35, The Bisbee chamber of commerce 17:05, Death 18:15

Interviewed By: Cecil Beal

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Violet White interviewed by Art Kent

Content: Immigration 1:00, Employment 1:29, School 2:25, Pastimes 3:30, Train 4:10, Mining 4:40, Transportation 5:20, Mexican Revolution 6:10, Naco nightclubs 8:10, Naco Army post 9:30, Fort Huachuca Army post 10:30, Meat salesmen 12:20, Business locations 14:00, Entertainment 14:55, Street car 15:48, Politics 17:20, YWCA 18:20, Boarding homes 18:50, Postal service 20:00, Bisbee deportation 20:50

Interviewed By: Art Kent

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Virginia Blackmer interviewed by Carl Nelson - Apr 19, 1972

Content: Mr. Bisbee 0:50, Social Worker 2:57, San Jose Community Association early achievements 3:40, National Guard Armory 6:30 American Legion 13:50, Hippie Culture 14:25

Date Recorded: 19/04/1972

Interviewed By: Carl Nelson

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W.A Carnahan-Art Kent

Content: Family 0:30, Flood 1:29, Childhood homes 2:18, Hazing 3:20, Dances 7:00, Transportation 7:20, Gold Gulch 8:03, 10th Calvary 8:41, Pastimes 10:01, Schooling 12:05, Douglas High School Rivalry 14:05, Streetcar 14:50, Bus 16:31, Seed wort 18:25, Basketball 20:13, Bodywork/Body men 22:05, WWII 22:40, Retirement 23:41

Interviewed By: Not Set

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