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1. 014 Florence M. Boyer: Las Vegas, Nevada: My Home for Sixty Years Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography; Clark County (Nev.) -- History A native of Redlands, California, Florence M. Boyer was born in 1890 to Charles P. and Delphine Anderson Squires. When the builders of the San Pedro-Los Angeles-Salt Lake railroad began their promotion... 1966

2. 027 Charles W. Aplin: An Old Timer of Las Vegas: The Nevada Highway Department and Nevada. Dept. of Transportation; Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography Charles W. Aplin arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1905, a young man of eighteen years. At that time, Las Vegas existed mainly as a tent city; the Los Angeles-San Pedro-Salt Lake Railroad had only recently... 1968

3. 030 Leon H. Rockwell: Recollections of Life in Las Vegas, Nevada 1906 - 1968 Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography Leon Halliday Rockwell, a native of New York, was born in 1888. He received a grammar school education near Elmira, New York, and then was forced to begin his career. As a very young man, he started west,... 1968

4. 035 John F. Cahlan: Reminiscences of a Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada Newspaperman University Regent, and Public-Spirited Citizen Journalists -- Nevada -- Biography; Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography John Francis Cahlan is a native of Nevada, born in Reno in 1902. He had a long career as a newspaperman and followed an avocation in politics, serving as a regent of the University of Nevada, a legislative... 1968

5. 066 Lester Ben "Benny" Binion: Some Recollections of a Texas and Las Vegas Gaming Operator Horseshoe Club (Las Vegas, Nev.); Gamblers -- Nevada -- Biography; Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography Lester Ben "Benny" Binion, is a native of Texas, born in Pilot Grove in 1904. His family were farmers, stock raisers, and horse traders near El Paso, Dallas, and Sweetwater. In his early teens, Benny Binion... 1973

6. 067 Berkeley L. Bunker: Life and Work of a Southern Nevada Pioneer: Businessman, Funeral Director, Mormon Church Leader, Legislator, U.S. Senator, and Congressman Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography Berkeley Lloyd Bunker was a native of Nevada, born in St. Thomas in 1906. The Bunker family pioneered the southern part of what became Nevada as members of an early-day Mormon colonizing effort. Some of... 1971

7. 132 An Interview with William J. Moore Last Frontier Hotel (Las Vegas, Nev.); Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography William J. Moore, Jr., was born in Lane City, Texas, on July 17, 1913. Within the year his family moved to Oklahoma where Moore was educated. Voted most likely to succeed by his classmates, he was graduated... 8/29/1981

8. 134 An Interview with Morton Saiger Last Frontier Hotel (Las Vegas, Nev.); Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography Morton "Mort" Saiger was born in 1903 and raised in a Jewish ghetto in Poland. He fled the country at the close of 1920 to avoid military service, and came to the United States. Other family members had... 2/18/1985

9. 137 John F. Cahlan: Fifty Years in Journalism and Community Development Journalists -- Nevada -- Biography, Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography When John Francis Cahlan first arrived in Las Vegas in 1929 he could legitimately claim that he was older than the sleepy railroad community founded in 1905. A native of Reno, he was born to Albert and... 1986

10. 148 Lubertha Johnson: Civil Rights Efforts in Las Vegas: 1940s-1960s African American women -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- Biography; African Americans -- Civil rights -- Nevada; Racism -- Nevada -- Las Vegas; Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Race relations This oral history with Lubertha Johnson documents one black professional woman's service in the cause of civil rights. From the formative phase of the modern black struggle for equality in the 1940s, through... 1987

11. 151 George L. Ullom: Politics and Development in Las Vegas, 1930s-1970s Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography; Clark County (Nev.) -- Politics and government The transformation of Las Vegas from an empty desert landscape into a sprawling metropolis of 700,000 in eighty years is among the most remarkable stories in the history of the American West, but only... 1988-1989

12. 152 Woodrow Wilson: Race, Community, and Politics in Las Vegas, 1940s-1980s Wilson, Woodrow, 1915- -- Interviews; African Americans -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- Interviews; Civil rights -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- History; Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography; Las Vegas (Nev.) -- History; Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Race relations -- History Woodrow Wilson was born in a sawmill town in Mississippi in 1915, the son of a mill worker. His mother owned and operated boarding houses, and the family was somewhat more prosperous than the average black... 1989

13. 158 Clarence Ray: Black Politics and Gaming in Las Vegas, 1920s-1980s Ray, Clarence -- Interviews; African Americans -- Nevada -- Las Vegas; Gamblers -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- Biography; Gambling -- Nevada -- Las Vegas; Nevada -- Politics and government; Nevada -- Race relations; Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography; Las Vegas (Nev.) -- History The oral history of Clarence Ray is the third in a series intended to document the history of the black community in Las Vegas, of which Mr. Ray has been a member since the mid-1920s. The main source of... 1991

14. 173 Fighting Back: A Life in the Struggle for Civil Rights McMillan, James B., 1917-; African American civil rights workers -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- Biography; Civil rights workers -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- Biography; African Americans -- Segregation -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- History -- 20th century; Civil rights movements -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- History -- 20th century; African Americans -- Civil rights -- Nevada; African Americans -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- Biography; Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Race relations; Las Vegas (Nev.) James B. McMillan was born in 1917 in a small town in racially segregated Mississippi. In that year the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that ordinances compelling residential segregation of the races were in... 1993-1995

15. 210 Whatever Will Help! A Woman's Rise to the Top in the Gaming Industry; as Remembered by Jeanne Hood Hood, Jeanne; Four Queens Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas, Nev.); Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Gambling industry -- Nevada -- Las Vegas; Hospitality industry -- Nevada -- Las Vegas - Biography; Women executives -- Nevada -- Las Vegas - Biography; Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Biography Gaming as a corporate enterprise is relatively new in comparison to most other industries. Nevada legalized gambling in 1931, and in the first decades, casinos were small by today's standards. They were... 1997-2005
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