Interview with Robert William Owens

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This oral history would not have been possible without the foresight and effort of Mr. Harry "Button" Ford, long time resident of Pahrump, Nevada. He is a lifelong friend of Mr. Owens and the Owens family and persuaded Mr. Owens to share his life history through this interview. As Director of the Pahrump Museum, Mr. Ford recognized the importance of capturing as much as possible of the early life and history of southern Nevada and its pioneers. - 2002 - Pahrump Valley Museum

Interview with Atha Owens Young

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With the advent of Ash Meadows as National Wildlife Refuge, an attempt is being made to document the late past and the early past of Ash Meadow's existence - the farms, the mines, the peoples, and even briefly, some of the geological history. This is an Oral History of a young woman that grew up during these early times. - 2002 - Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Interview with George Andrew Ross

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Thanks go to Mr. George Ross for agreeing to be interviewed by Mr. Harry Ford for this oral history. As a long time resident and worker in the Shoshone and Death Valley area, Mr. Ross provides a unique perspective on local mining and heavy equipment operation in the area. As a Native American descendant of a well known local Paiute family, Mr. Ross also provided background on his family history together with several examples of the Southern Paiute language.. - 2004 - Pahrump Valley Museum

Interview with Imogene Andersen

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Digger's experiences in World War II; Imogene and Digger move to Pahrump with her parents, Elmer and Elizabeth Bowman; the Manse Ranch; the Bowman family's move to Pahrump: growing cotton in the Pahrump Valley; further memories of ranch life. The Andersen's children; raising children in Pahrump Valley; raising and selling produce; the story of a late-blooming romance; the early LDS community in Pahrump; memories of Digger; remarks on area residents; discussion of water and power in the valley; the future of Pahrump; the Bowman family's background; Imogene's travels; remarks on present-day attitudes. - 2009 - Nye County Town History Project

Interview with Al and Lynn Bells

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Hearing about Pahrump and feeling ready to leave Pasadena; farming in Pahrump, which also served as a home for Marilyn's father; flying between Pahrump and Pasadena; growing crops in Pahrump; subdividing and selling land. Raising cattle in Pahrump; the Bell children's move to the Pahrump school; growing and ginning cotton; Memories of some Pahrump residents; plane travel to and from Pahrump; bringing two buffalo to the valley; the burros in Pahrump; Pahrump in the early days; irrigation in the valley; mesquite trees in the valley and on the Bells' property. - 2009 - Nye County Town History Project

Interview with DeAnna Brown

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Her grandfather John's ranch in Pahrump in the 1930s; DeAnna's childhood, traveling between Pahrump and California; her father, Leon's, attempt to grow cotton in Pahrump early on; John Hughes's mine; living at the Blue Diamond Mine and commuting to high school in Las Vegas; schooling in California and in Pahrump; life in Pahrump before a good road connected it to other communities; working in the cotton fields as a youngster; Leon's farming at the north end of the Pahrump Valley. John Hughes's mine; the Hughes' role in proving cotton could grow in Pahrump; living in a former brothel; memories of teen life in Pahrump, contrasting Pahrump in the 1980s and 1950s; DeAnna's experiences as a teenager in Pahrump and in helping her mother. Memories of the Manse Ranch; life in a tent while working in the cotton fields as a young child; thoughts on atomic testing. - 2009 - Nye County Town History Project

Interview with Charlotte Floyd

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Joining her sister Jacque Ruud and brother Frank Woner and their spouses in Pahrump; Ron brings his knowledge of the well pumping business to Pahrump; the advent of cotton and Frank Woner's work with the Pahrump Ranch. Building a home and shop in Pahrump; running a motel; selling the motel and business complex; working in the cotton gin; Ron's work drilling and pumping wells; how the hardware store and business began; a discussion of well-drilling. Pahrump's Harvest Festival; the community spirit in Pahrump; further discussion of the Floyds' hardware store; observations on present-day Pahrump; subdividing and selling land; thoughts on Pahrump's future. - 2009 - Nye County Town History Project

Interview with Harry "Button" Ford

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Stan Ford's work with trucking and farming; the family moves to the Pahrump Valley; the Raycraft and other ranches; Pahrump Valley in the late 1940s. Remembrances of Pop Buol; explaining the valley's artesian water system; haw the Younts may have came to the valley; Doby Doc an interesting neighbor. The little red schoolhouse and the growth and quality of valley schools; well-drilling; Nevada water-use laws. Ash Meadows Lodge in the late 1940s; mining for clay; an attempt to locate a brothel in Pahrump; the Nevada Test Site - its effects on the valley and the sad state of roads in the area in the early days. The Nevada Test Site; the Pahrump Valley begins to grow; electric power is brought in; early subdivisions; road construction and maintenance. Participation in school events; the Harvest Festival and Fourth of July; old-time Indian funerals; early law enforcement in Nye County. - 1989 - Nye County Town History Project

Interview with Sandra Frehner

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Move to Pahrump to work in the cotton industry; childhood in Pahrump; memories of ranch life before electricity or telephones; an explanation of the South Ranch and of Bowman family members; working in the cotton fields; meeting her future husband in Las Vegas and his connection with Pahrump; the Hafen Pond as a community swimming pool; some Frehner family background; flagging for a crop-duster; families who worked on area farms and ranches; riding horses for enjoyment and transportation; childhood freedom and the caring community in Pahrump. Pahrump as a sharing community; remembering the Pallan, Bowman, and Andersen families; youngsters' activities in Pahrump then and now; remembering the Walt Williams family. The schools in Pahrump and riding the bus to high school in Shoshone; a high school is established in Pahrump; a discussion of marriage in a small community; growing up as a girl in Pahrump - 2009 - Nye County Town History Project

An Interview with Tim "Kent" Hafen

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The Hafen family in Mesquite and early Mormon settlements there; moving to the Pahrump Valley; growing alfalfa and grains; land and water, but oh, the isolation; land ownership. More on land ownership; early ranches in the area; well-drilling; Lois Kellogg and her ranch; valley soil; Pop Buol and others remembered. Early valley inhabitants; agriculture in the 1950s and 1960s - a true frontier; baling cotton - a creative solution; advances in well-drilling; ways to irrigate; growing cotton. Isolation in the early days, particularly for women; the character of the native Nevadan; a political career begins; remembrance of service in the Nevada Legislature, and a philosophy of government. - 1989 - Nye County Town History Project