Oral history of Lelah Schornick 1976 May 5 (Part 3)
This is a sample content policy.
Schornick tells of her family's move to Mesa from Cherryville Kansas in 1909 to help her father's bronchiectasis. She recalls crops grown in those days: almonds peaches cantaloupe citrus dates. There were many ostrich farms and they ate ostrich eggs. She also talks about keeping cool by sleeping outside and wrapping water jars in wet burlap. Schornick married her husband Eugene (Gene) in 1917 and they had two children. Gene fought in World War II and retired from a career at Salt River Project during which he helped install the electrical system at Parker Dam. Schornick talks in length about her extensive collections of Native American art and artifacts including pottery blankets and kachinas. She gives detailed history of the art and much information about the daily lives of Native Americans.