Mesa Historical Society
Found in 54 Collections and/or Records:
Overview Patterson gives some of his family's history including that his grandfather homesteaded in Arizona in 1888 and his father ran one of Mesa's first telephone companies. Patterson, who farmed in Mesa, gives a brief overview of the history of farming in the area. He describes some of the machinery used in harvesting and baling hay, and talks about the water supply in Arizona. He discusses the future of farming in the area, the price of land, and the government's interference. Patterson responds to...
Dates: 2006 March
Overview Perez tells about his family emigrating from Mexico to Mesa, Arizona, in 1920, where they homesteaded. He discusses his siblings, the house on North Morris Street where he grew up, and attending Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He describes downtown Mesa where his father opened a shoemaking shop on Main Street. Perez mentions several downtown businesses including the Nile Theater, The Oasis (lunch counter), and some retail stores. He talks about attending Mesa schools, working in his father's shoe...
Dates: 2002 July 8; Digitization: 2006 March
Overview Booker, Burns, and Sato ? all from well-known families who helped settle Mesa ? participate in a panel interview to talk about Mesa in the early 1900's. They each tell how their families came to Mesa and what they did for a living, including farming and cooking at a downtown armory. They discuss everyday life ? doing laundry by hand, swimming in the canals for recreation, and keeping cool without air-conditioning. Booker talks about being part of the first African-American family to live in...
Dates: 2003 November 1; Digitization: 2006 March
Overview Rogers tells of his family's move to Mesa in the late 1800s to settle. His grandfather, Chancy Foster Rogers, homesteaded 80 acres at the southwest corner of Alma School Road and University where Rogers was born in 1900. He tells several stories about the Rogers brothers and their homesteading days. Rogers talks about his school days including a time when he fell off the swings and broke both arms. He mentions home remedies and the value of a dollar in those days. He also describes his family's...
Dates: 1980 February; Digitization: 2006 March
Overview Mr. and Mrs. Robson, along with the interviewer, Charles Mitten, discuss some of the first automobiles in Mesa, Arizona. They reminisce about who owned what car and what the roads were like. They also mention some early residents and buildings in Mesa.
Dates: 1979 June 14; Digitization: 2006 March
Overview Dave Duckworth begins by telling how he and Helen came to Mesa in 1943 so he could work as a pharmacist. He talks about living in the Evergreen district, owning a drugstore with his father, and how medicine has changed in 40 years. He describes what Mesa was like in the 1940's with wide streets, a thriving downtown district, and good schools. Mr. Duckworth talks about the semi-rural environment that allowed people to have horses in their yards in the middle of town. He mentions being a charter...
Dates: 1986 November 6; Digitization: 2006 March
Overview Gale gives some of her family's history and tells how her father, Francis Winfred Moody, helped settle and design the town of Thatcher, Arizona. She talks about her early life in Thatcher taking care of her siblings and grandmother. After marrying Myron Hamilton Crandall, Gale moved to Gilbert in 1917 where they farmed for several years, raised a family of five boys, and were active in the Mormon Church. Gale describes life in Gilbert and Mesa including going to movies at the Nile Theatre and...
Dates: 1986 March 26; Digitization: 2006 March
Overview Born in Mesa, Fuller recalls many details of everyday life: children's activities, schools, stores, and economics. She mentions several places people went for recreation including the swimming pool, the state fair, and the opera house. Her mother was a seamstress and her father owned a mercantile store that operated like a trading post for Indians. Fuller's father also served on the city council at one time. She remembers the first Catholic church, the first car of the Stapley family and having...
Dates: 1980; Digitization: 2006 March