Cahoon, Tallia

This interview covers the following themes:

  • Tallia’s father’s work as a mining engineer and his move to Arizona in 1912.
  • The Cahoon family’s life in Ruby, AZ from 1912 to 1937, including community life, relations between management and labor, and between Mexican and Anglo families and children. Childhood activities, religion, entertainment, food, and transportation between Ruby and Tucson are also covered.
  • Tallia’s move to Tucson in the late 1930s. The Fox Theater, growing up in Tucson, mobility and social life from elementary school through high school.
  • Memories of World War II in Tucson.
  • Tucson High experience, dating, and diversity.

Part 1 of 2 was recorded at the base of Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Arizona on July 18th, 2017.

This interview covers the following themes:

  • Tallia’s life in Silver City and college at Western New Mexico University in 1950.
  • Food, jobs, entertainment, and dating in Silver City.
  • Applying for teaching jobs in Lordsburg, New Mexico and anti-Catholic discrimination. A description of the town.
  • Tallia and her husband’s jobs and their relocation to Oklahoma and Oregon.
  • Tallia’s return to Tucson in 1981, substitute teaching at Carrillo Elementary School and full-time teaching at St. John’s from 1986 until 1992.
  • Reaction to Tucson’s growth after decades away, dismay at destruction resulting from Urban Renewal.
  • The interview wraps up with a few observations on the Carrillo Elementary Posada, changes in educational culture between the early 1940s and 1980s, and water use.

Part 2 of 2 was recorded at the base of Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Arizona on July 25th, 2017.

Aengus Anderson