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Oral History Interview with Opal Peterson Marolt, 1990 July 13, 2006

Identifier: AHS-C46


Opal Marolt describes her husband, Mike Marolt's family ranch in Aspen, Colorado. The property includes the historic mining site of Holden Lixiviation with the old office/assay house, smoke towers, barn and various other buildings that have been torn down over the years. She describes who owned the house and property between the early 1900's through the 1980's. She dicusses the changes made to the buildings, how they were used, when the changes were made, and where the materials used were from. Opal also describes living and raising her children in the old assay house after Frank died in the early 1940's.


  • 1990 July 13
  • Digitization: 2006


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Biographical / Historical

Biography: Opal Peterson Marolt was born in Aspen on August 19, 1914 to Andrew Peterson and Alma Holmstrom Peterson. She had an older brother Adolph (Riley), a younger sister Pearl and a younger brother Elmer. Opal worked for a period of time as a reporter for the Aspen Times in the 1930's. She married Mike Marolt in 1930 and raised four children (Keith, Judy, Peggy, and Vicki) on the Marolt ranch where the Holden Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum is now. In 1983, Opal and her Husband Mike donated the proerty and buildings to the City of Aspen. Opal moved to California in the 1990's and passed away on May 16, 2004.


1 Items ; 90 minutes

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Playback cassette tape: Maxell UR 90

Computer Hardware: 3 (total) Intel Celeron 1.8GHz/224 MB RAM PC's (made by PowerSpec), each with a Firewall hard drive (2 made by MicroNet, 1 made by LaCie) and M-Audio Delta Audiophile (internal sound card); External Firewire Hard Drive; Analog Playback Equipment: Nakamichi Dragon, Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1; Analog/Digital Converter: Prism Dream ADA-8XR; Prism Sound Dream AD-2

Operating System: Windows XP; Capture and editing software: Steinberg Wavelab 4.0; Formatting software: Sony Soundforge; Other Devices: Switcher to allow monitoring of multiple transfers.

Basic Map: Nakamichi Dragon -> Analog RCA or XLR -> AD converter -> AES (XLR) -> M-Audio Card -> Software -> External Firewire Drive


Title supplied by the Archivist: Anna L Scott. Interview conducted on July 13, 1990 in Aspen, Co. Accompanied by digital transcript.

Names discussed in interview: Mike Marolt, Peggy Marolt, Frank Marolt, Ted marolt, Mr. Marolt (Frank Sr), Mr. Parson, Steve Marolt, Rudy Marolt, Bill Marolt, Louis Marolt, Tom Sardy, Keith Marolt, Judy Marolt, Vicky Marolt, Carlton, Don Westerland, Jimmy Markalunas, Ritter, Kenneth Morin, Mrs. Delny, Alma Olstrom Peterson, Andrew Peterson, Bill Stapleton, Don Stapleton, David Stapleton, Aunt Vada, Sally Stapleton, Sam Stapleton, Ringer Delder, Albert Bishop, Henry Brink, Pearl Peterson Bishop, Elmer Peterson, Adolph (Riley) Peterson, Bill Tagert, Dr. Lewis, Jake Lewis, Loey Ringquist, Renny Durox, Amelia Trentez, Cledd, Gerbaz Family, Uncle Oscar, Aunt Eda, Franz Josef, Mrs. Marolt, Mike Garrish, Mrs. Garrish, Mrs. Gregorich, George Rupert, Bud marolt, Bill Marolt, Max Marolt, Lenny Thomas.

Place Names discussed: Maroon Creek, midland Ranch, Frying Pan, Snowbunny Lane, Glenwood Springs, Newcastle, East Maroon, Carbondale, Leadville, Sweden, Wack Ranch, Denver, Owl Creek, Minnesota, Oklahoma Flats, Turquoise Lake, Mosquito Pass, Fairplay, T Lazy 7 Ranch, Pitkin Green, Finesinger House, California, Castle Creek, Aspen, Stockholm, Austria, Yugoslavia.

Business, Organization, buildings discussed: Colorado Stock Growers Association, Colorado Stockman's Association, Roaring Fork & EAgle River Stock Association, Western Slope Livestock Protective Association, Roaring Fork Potatoe Growers Association, 4-H, Holden Lixiviation Works, Mortuary, Aspen Lumber & supply Company, Hotel Jerome, DRGRR Station, Creameries, Beck & Bishop's Grocery, Wheeler Opera House, The ASpen Times, The Denver Post, Stapleton Insurance Agency.

Metadata normalized for repository ingest and indexing by University Libraries archivists.



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