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Document Details


Title: Hank Blair
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Northern Arizona University. Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department
Collection: United Indian Traders Association Oral History Collection
Description: My dad was from Kentucky, and he was one of three brothers who eventually ended up in the trading post business. The oldest brother, Raymond, who was the first to come to Arizona, was in the Marine Corps in China in the thirties. And the lady that was to become my Aunt Marilene was the daughter of George Bloomfield at Toadlena Trading Post. Her sister, as I understand, put her name in a pen pal magazine, and my uncle who was in China, in the Marine Corps, started writing to her, and of course she said, "If you're ever in Toadlena, New Mexico, come see me." He was discharged, I guess, in California, and he rode a freight train to Gallup and hitchhiked to Toadlena, and when they saw [each other], I guess they just said, "This is it, we'll get married." And then my dad was in World War II, and he came out after he got out of the service, and my Uncle Raymond's brother-in-law, Roscoe McGee, offered my dad a job at Red Mesa Trading Post, and that's how he ended up out there. And then Elijah, my younger uncle, is also considered a World War II veteran. I think he got out in 1946, and the same guy, Roscoe McGee, offered him a job, so the three brothers all ended up in the trading post business.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Blair, Hank, 1947-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 26-May-1947
Speaker place of birth: Farmington, NM; New Mexico; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Age at speaking: 51
Document location: Lukachukai, AZ
Document date: 13-Aug-1998
Interviewer: Underhill, Karen
Organizations discussed: United Indian Traders Assocation, 1931-1997
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: American Indian; Commerce; Indian reservations; Indians of North America; Indians of North America--Commerce; Navajo Indians--United States; North America; Oral history; Trading posts; United Indian Traders Assocation, 1931-1997; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025987-27935