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Narrator's name Greenwell, Della
Interview date 1985-02-11
Catalog Number 2000.1.555
Interviewer McBride, Laura
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Object Name Tape, Cassette
Scope & Content Tape One Side One: Della starts off with the family history of J.J. and Maggie Thompson her grandparents, where they homesteaded and when the moved there and their children. They lived in tents that had evolved into little houses. Laura and Della talk about the road through Oak Creek Canyon. They lived in many places, moving so their dad could find work. They lived in Oak Creek, Sedona, Yarbrough Wash, Clarkdale, Humboldt, Clemanceau, and Phoenix. The road from Phoenix to Sedona via Prescott is described. Della and Laura talk about their education in Sedona, Oak Creek School, Flagstaff and in Clarkdale. Finally the post office at Indian Gardens as discussed.

Tape One Side Two: The discussion about the post office continues and by what route the mail came from is argued. The family also lived in Mescal, Lonesome Valley, Humboldt, and Clemanceau. Della's husband Kenneth worked at the smelter in Clemanceau and later Clarkdale. She recalls her grandmother reusing everything she could from lard buckets to flour sacks. They used wild fruits for dumplings and jelly. Della and Laura explain the Pendley ditch. The Thompson homestead is described and the animals they kept. The entertainment they would have dances either at the school house or at Grandma Thompson's house. When Della's parents were married they brought lumber down Thompson's Ladder to make a dance floor which they danced on for four nights to celebrate. The always celebrated the Fourth of July. And finally the Purtymun family is Della, Erma, Virgie, Laura, Violet, Bud, Albert, Charles, and Zola.

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