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Oral history interview with Ray Killian, 2006 March

Identifier: MHM2005-027-020-1


Killian recounts his childhood in Concho, Arizona, where his parents owned Concho Mercantile Company. He describes his schooling in Thatcher, Arizona, his successful studies, and the opportunity he was given to train in the banking industry. He talks about his activities in the Mormon Church, including a mission to Hawaii, his experiences as a banker during the Great Depression, and his early married life with his wife, Jesse Ellsworth. Killian tells about moving to Mesa in 1935; he describes the town, and names some businesses and prominent citizens. He talks about his service as executive secretary of the Arizona Interstate Stream Commission and gives a great deal of information on the history of the state's water supply including all the work that went into establishing the Central Arizona Project.


  • 2006 March


Digital Repository

Oral history interview with Ray Killian

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Materials in English, Spanish, and other languages.

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Use or distribution of these materials must be approved by the Mesa Historical Society. All rights reserved.


1 items ; 55 minutes, 42 seconds

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Computer hardware: 3 Intel Celeron 1.8 GHz/224 MB RAM PCs manufactured by PowerSpec, each with a Firewire hard drive (2 manufactured by MicroNet, 1 by LaCie); M-Audio Delta Audiophile internal sound card; External Firewire hard drive; Analog to digital converter: Prism Sound Dream ADA-8XR, Prism Sound Dream AD-2; Analog playback equipment: Nakamichi Dragon, Nakamichi cassette deck 1; Operating system: Windows XP; Capture and editing software: Steinberg Wavelab 4.0; Formatting software: Sony Soundforge.


Transcript available



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