Leona Starr Baker


John R. Moore


Big Bend National Park Oral History Project

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Lifelong resident of Big Bend area.

Summary of Interview

Part of Big Bend National Park Oral History Project; biographical information; recounts settlement of parents, Mae Johnson Starr and Salomon Albert Starr, Alpine/Marathon area; mother's proprietorship and operation of boarding house in Marathon and management of Gage Hotel; father's operation of ranches in Rosillos Mts. and in Tornillo Creek; creation of Big Bend National Park; lifestyle of Big Bend area families, particularly during Depression; details life in Marathon, its industry, businesses, churches, and segregated schools; describes relationship with other families including the Burnams, Nails, and Greens.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

1 hour and 40 minutes

Tape Number

No. 848

Interview Number

No. 848

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