Douglas County Libraries (Colo.)
Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract Billy Ellis recounts his early days as lookout at the fire lookout station on Devils Head summit in Douglas County, Colo., the last manned fire lookout station in Colorado. He describes the lookout tower and facilities, and how the summit changed over time since the first tower was built in 1919. He also describes the surrounding area and the trails leading up to the tower, and how supplies arrive at the lookout tower and waste is disposed of. He also recalls various memorable events at the...
Dates: 2002 October 26
Abstract Tennal recalls his experiences as a Marine assigned to duty in the Pacific region during World War II. He describes his early days in the Marine Corps and becoming a member of the Marine Corps Band. He also details many of the battles and offenses he participated in while fighting the Japanese on islands in the South Pacific, including Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands and Guam, and the effects of the malaria he contracted while stationed there.
Dates: 2003 February 27
Abstract In this 3 part interview, Bette Saunders describes her memories of growing up and living in Douglas County, Colorado. Highlights of the different interview segments are: Part 1: Bette talks about her parents' families, the Gilberts and the Noyes, and early memories of growing up as a child,attending school (Cherry School and later high school in Castle Rock), and her experiences up until the end of World War II. Part 2: Bette continues her family's history, and also provides a view of what the...
Abstract In this 2 part interview, Florence and Louise reminisce about growing up in Sedalia, living with their grandparents, deaths of Beeman family members, and their hard-working mother who continued to care for the family after her husband died at an early age. They recall community events popular in Sedalia, e.g. Thanksgiving Ball, and the 4th of July celebration, as well as many of the families and residences in Sedalia. They describe meeting their husbands, various work experiences (Remington...
Abstract Cronan describes his boot camp experiences and his initial assignment to shore duty patrolling the beach at Nags Head, N.C. during World War II. He details his training in preparation for serving on an LST (Landing Ship Tank), his assignment to LST-762, a newly-commissioned ship built in Pittsburg, and its journey down the Mississippi River, through the Panama Canal, to San Diego picking up troops, on to Pearl Harbor and finally unloading in the Philippines at Leyte. He recalls other...
Dates: 2003 May 14
Abstract Barker highlights his appointment to and his experiences at the Annapolis Naval Academy. He recalls his first official Navy appointment as staff in the Naval Submarine School, and subsequent duties such as his involvement in submarine operations in the Mediterranean following the Cuban Missile Crisis and as officer-in-charge of the Holy Loch [Scotland] submarine base. Barker presents a survey of life on a submarine and what it was like to be a submariner.
Dates: 2003 April 3
Abstract Interview with Henry Bohne, 2003 January 23, at the Veterans Service Office, Douglas County Building, Castle Rock, Colorado, as part of the Veterans History Project, Douglas County History Research Center. Bohne recalls his memories of enlisting in the Navy in 1950 and his years of service, originally aboard the U.S.S. Goss, based in San Diego, and later aboard the U.S.S. Cassin Young. The Cassin Young was transferred to the Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet in 1952, and made its home port in...
Dates: 2003 January 23
Abstract Chartier describes his initial enlistment in the Army Air Corps, his efforts to pursue an army career related to airplanes, and his eventual enrollment in the Infantry shortly before being deployed to duty in France. From there he provides a detailed account of being an infantry soldier on the war's front on the Maginot Line. He recalls his initial contact with German soldiers, being the only survivor of a 12-member scouting squad ambushed by the Germans, and recovery in a French hospital as a...
Dates: 2003 March 13
Abstract Ronald and Donald Ullery reminisce about growing up in Sedalia, Colo. They talk about their parents and other Ullery family members that lived in Douglas County, as well as other people who were in the community. They describe early businesses and ranches in the Sedalia area, and recall the flood of 1965 and the damage that it caused, including destroying their family home. They detail growing up in a close-knit family in Sedalia, as well as the supportive and nurturing environment the small...
Dates: 2002 January 22