Wayne Phelps begins by giving his family's history and telling how his grandparents moved to Arizona at the request of Brigham Young. He recalls several early Mesa families and the houses they built. He reminisces about selling newspapers as a young boy and about a trip he took to the Grand Canyon. He also recalls several local business including the Rex Hotel Gus Wendel's jewelry store F.P. Drew Lumber Company and a few blacksmithing shops. Mr. Phelps talks about his schooling mentions several of his teachers and remembers when Franklin School was turned into a hospital during the 1918 flu epidemic. He also tells the story of building the Times Theatre in 1946 and selling it to Mr. Nace in 1951.