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Narrator's name Hernandez, Zola Purtymun
Interview date 1985-02-11
Catalog Number 2000.1.564
Interviewer McBride, Laura
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Object Name Tape, Cassette
Scope & Content Side A: Zola grew up in Oak Creek Canyon and attended the Falls School in the Canyon. She tells of what school was like and describes their home at Manzanita and the tent they lived in when she was young. The games played at home and school was discussed, the bridge at Slide Rock and the road improvement in the canyon and what it was like to drive the switchbacks when it was a one lane road. The traffic or lack of traffic in the canyon was mentioned. She also told about the gas station at Manzanita, the snow in the canyon, and wearing gunnysacks for shoes.
Side B: Zola continues to tell of her schooling including the bus ride to Flagstaff High School. She worked at the Navajo Ordnance Depot after quitting school. Zola talks of the various places she lived her family and where her children are now. Bill of Dry Creek tells of Grasshopper Flat and West Sedona and hauling water from Boynton Canyon and from the ditch by VanDeren's house. Laura talks of buying beef in town from ranchers. Bootleggers in Long Canyon are discussed including a trip Laura made to buy corn whiskey after a dance. She talks about the dances in Sedona and having to either catch a ride or walk sometimes in the snow to get there. The girls always wore dresses and were only allowed to bath once a week. Bill's hunting is mention and then a few Bear Howard stories are told. Finally the Purtymun, Thompson, and Thomas Homesteads and the Lolomai Lodge are discussed.
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Search Terms Homesteading
Oak Creek
Oak Creek Canyon
Sedona pioneers
Sedona Schools