Ann Marusa Interview


Ann Marusa Interview


Ann Marusa

Document Type



Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement


Ann Marusa (b. Oct. 13, 1914, in Margecany, Czechoslovakia) came to America in 1921 and lived in Roslyn, Washington. She talks about her step-father, Frank Foto, and his work as fire boss and unit foreman in the Northwestern Improvement Company's No. 5 Mine. Marusa talks about her childhood---cultural traditions; holidays; food preparation; schools in Roslyn and Cle Elum; local businesses; and the effects of Prohibition, World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, and mine closure in the area. She talks about her marriage to Anton Marusa in 1937 and the culture of coal mining families.

The cover image above shows a 3rd- and 4th-grade class photo from Southside School in Roslyn, Washington, 1928. Ann Marusa is not pictured but she completed part of her schooling at Southside and speaks about it in her interview. The children in the photo include: Southside School, 3rd and 4th grades. From the Marusa collection. Left to right: Front row: Andy Barich, Joe Katana, Mary (Foto) Bendzak, Blanche (Bonetto), Maxine (Hendry), Madelina Saivetto, Catherine (Maybo) Ozbolt, Marion Pasquan, Runje, John (Foto) Kauzlarich, Bernadine (Tomich) Ozbolt Second row: Ann (Barich) Wasielewski, Harry Smoyver, Kanyer, Elmer? Dalisky, Joe Pasquan, Lenore (Kauzlarich) Carek, Mike Marusa, Emerick Kauzlarich, Margaret (Vereb), Walmir Segota, Ruth/Ruby? Kanyer, Miss Marge Lumsden Back row: Agnes (Bednar) Ferro, Charlie Butkovich, Louise (Fermond) Krahenbulh, Joe Matanich, ?, Emerick Brozovich, Matt Morris, Katherine (Chulet), ?, Rudy Vrtner, Kloss.

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circa 1970s-2000s


Oral history, Immigrants--United States--History, Coal mining


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Ann Marusa Interview