Archive Tucson is the oral history project of Special Collections at the University of Arizona Libraries. This interview is with Helen Musselman and covers the following themes:
- Growing up on a subsistence farm in Ottumwa, Iowa during the 1920s.
- Meeting her husband, Darvin, also known as Pappy.
- 1929 Stock market collapse.
- Moving to Douglas, Arizona during the Second World War. Descriptions of travel, childcare, first impressions of Arizona, and wartime life in Douglas.
- Helen and Darvin enter the motorcycle sales business in 1945. Motorcycle culture in the 1950s.
- Tucson in 1945 and the shadow of wartime rationing.
- Leisure activities: motorcycle racing in Phoenix. Women racing “micro midget” vehicles. Hanging out at the Wetmore Pool.
- Tucson’s jalopy and motorcycle racing scene in the 1950s.
- Arrival of Honda motorcycles in the US market and the change in motorcycle culture.
- Waterskiing and Arizona boat culture.
- The Grant/Stone area in the 1940s and 1950s and explosion of Supreme Cleaners. Neighborhood changes over several decades.
- Changes in motorcycle culture; the rise, fall, and rise of the Harley.
- Helen’s roles at her dealerships.
- Women in racing.
- Growth of Tucson.
This interview was recorded at Musselman Honda in Tucson, Arizona on January 8th, 2018.