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Mary DeDecker, An Oral History
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Eastern California Museum
California Revealed from Eastern California Museum
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Oral interview of Mary DeDecker, born in 1909, in Oklahoma. Stories included relate to DeDecker's years in Independence, marriage to Paul DeDecker, and raising her family in the Owens Valley. Also, her community activism in relation to the Owens Valley Committee and Inyo County water issues, formation and accomplishments of the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, and issues surrounding the Japanese and Chinese in the Owens Valley. Additionally, DeDecker shares stories about her friendships with Kate Mulholland granddaughter of Los Angeles water icon William Mulholland, Owens Valley Paiute Johnnie Symmes, and Philip Munz, as well as her passion for the Eastern Sierra wilderness and experiences with ranching and mining in the Inyo Mountains.
Audio cassette
Oral histories
3 Tapes of 3
2014_CAVPP_.3.1-3 OH 206
cainecm_000016_t1; cainecm_000016_t2; cainecm_000016_t3
Asian Americans--History
Cattle trade--California
Indians of North America--California
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Natural history--California
Racism--United States--History--20th century
Railroad travel--California
Los Angeles Aqueduct (Calif.)
California, Eastern
Eastern California Museum
California Revealed is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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