Richard Carroll Collection

The Richard Carroll Collection is one part of History Colorado’s CWA Pioneer Interviews. This was a project where the State Historical Society of Colorado (now History Colorado) received Civil Work Administration funds in the 1930s and paid people to travel around the state and gather stories from pioneers who were then still living. Richard Eaton Carroll (1901-1987) was the interviewer for Chaffee County and interviewed 15 Chaffee County pioneers.

Martha R. Mahon and John E. Paul’s statement and Elizabeth Harrington’s ‘Story of a Pioneer Woman’ appeared in Under the Angel of Shavano by George G. Everett and Dr. Wendell F. Hutchinson. Carroll may have also used these statements to write ‘The Founding of Salida, Colorado,’ which appeared in Under the Angel of Shavano, but was originally written for Colorado Magazine, July 1934, Vol. XI, No. 4. Link to The Founding of Salida, Colorado.

Richard Carroll’s Chaffee County Interviews —

Part One

— includes interviews from R.T. Hodgeman, Don Valdez, Dr. & Mrs. W.K. Eggleston, Lee Anna Everett, Fred L. Bateman, William E. Crutcher, Hollis D. Spencer, William M. Newman, Fred A. Seelinger, Max Dickman, Fred W. Brush, Newton B. Morelan, George W. Knox, Lellon Blank, Martha R. Mahon, Alice Hiltz, Hugh Clark Boone, Henry Weber, Isaac Williard Haight, and Thomas J. Doyle. Also includes the narratives: Founding of a New Home by Mrs. Myra Nelson, Early History of Cottonwood Mining Districts by J.A. Closs, Story of a Pioneer Woman by Elizabeth Harrington, and Story of a Pioneer Boy by E.E. Ohmert and includes A Listing of Personnel of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in 1873.

Part Two

— includes interviews from Alice Parks, James W. Callawya, John Mathews, and David Simonson. Also includes the narratives Freighting in the Early Days by John Burrell, Early Days at Brown’s Canon and Vicinity by R. Evans, An Interesting Letter from a Busy Locality from the Georgetown Courier, dated August 4, 1879 and includes a letter to Dr. Hafen from Richard Carroll, dated April 2, 1934.

These CWA Pioneer Interviews are part of a much larger New Deal Project collection held by History Colorado. Read more of the hundreds of interviews recorded through this CWA project:

CWA Pioneer Interviews

This collection is also available on microfilm at History Colorado. It’s part of their Miscellaneous Microfilm Collection. (Call number: MF Un3cwa, Reel 2, Pamphlet #346)

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