Clara Ferra Interview


Clara Ferra Interview


Clara Ferra

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Krueger, Frederick


Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement


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Clara Ferra talks about her immigrant roots, noting that her ancestors--the Hunters--arrived in Roslyn, Washington, by 1919. She describes her father's work in the No. 5 Mine and her family's involvement in lodges and food preservation. She mentions her husband, Emil Ferra, and the effect of the Great Depression and new technology in Roslyn.

The cover image shows Roslyn, circa 1940. The viewer is looking northeast down Pennsylvania Avenue toward First Street, where several of Roslyn's businesses can be seen. Most of the wooden buildings and brick structures were built during the 1890s when coal mining brought hundreds of mining families to the area. Businesses that lined both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue during the late 1930s were the Brick Saloon, Roslyn Bank, Gustna-Ponerio-Ramsay Barbers, Jean's (Jeans) Beaute Shoppe, Cuculick Beer Parlor, Log Cabin Beer Parlor, Pioneer Parlor, Slim's (Slims) Place, Masonic Temple, the Medical-Dental Building, Pine Cone Confectionery, Low Dentist Office, Central Drug, Northwestern Improvement General Merchandise, Pioneer Grocery, Hartman's Meat Market, Public Meat Market, and Cascade Telephone. Many homes were built on the slopes of the surrounding foothills.

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Oral history, Coal mining, Roslyn (Wash.)


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Clara Ferra Interview