Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fantastic Find: San Diego Historical Society - Oral Histories and Frank Paul Hartley (1879-1965)'s Memories of old San Diego

Former San Diego County supervisor Edgar Hastings conducted interviews of 309 pioneer residents of San Diego between 1956 and 1960.  I am lucky to be a cousin to one of those interviewed, Frank Paul Hartley, son of Marquis delaFayette Hartley (1836-1925) and Hannah L Mount (1837-1914), and nephew of my 2nd great grandfather James Monroe Hartley (1846-1904), and thus nephew of James' wife Mary Jane Tibbetts, my 2nd great grandmother.  

This interview is available with the other Hastings interviews at the San Diego History Center library.

I only knew Frank Paul Hartley as being a beekeeper in the Potrero, San Diego County, area from the census and voting records. May (Tibbetts) Jarvis also mentioned him as being a naturalist, and playing the violin with some considerable musical ability.

Given the time frame of this interview it is likely Hastings used this Dictaphone red belt recorder.  I think the sister he mentions was probably Margaret Hartley who married Willis Devoe.

This interview would of course be more searchable/findable if I had transcribed it, but that turned out to be a bridge too far tonight.

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