Civic leaders -- Mesa (Ariz.) -- Interviews
Subject Source: Local sources
Found in 5 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 Werner, an important civic leader in Mesa, was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 1901. He came to Mesa in 1925 when the J.C. Penney Company transferred him. Werner talks about his career with Penney's in Mesa and in Burbank, California. He discusses his civic activities in Mesa where he was elected mayor in 1936. He also served on the Chamber of Commerce Board and in Rotary Club. Werner gives detail about the development in Mesa including building parks and recreation venues, improving...
Dates: 1977 May 18; Digitization: 2006 March
Overview Strauch begins by telling of her father's journey to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she grew up. She talks about her brother, who was a successful anthropologist. Strauch tells the story of her husband, Don, traveling through the West to find a place to live with good weather. She tells of following him to Mesa, Arizona, where he started a very successful printing and stationery business. Strauch talks about the family business, which later included a gift shop, and how she balanced work and...
Dates: 1985; Digitization: 2006 March
Overview Miller tells of her family's move, when she was 14 years old, to the Gilbert area to farm. She describes her schooling, some of the area's fairs and parades, going to the movies, and other things they did for entertainment. She talks about medicine, home remedies, and how her entire family was ill during the flu epidemic of 1918. She recalls that Mesa's streets began to be paved around 1918 and that her father's first car was a ?Grant.? Miller talks about her daily home life and then marrying...
Dates: 1985 October; Digitization: 2006 March