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5th-Feb-2008 01:44 pm - Dr. Michael Schuster
Rachel, webweaver
I am having trouble finding info on Dr. Michael Schuster. I know i posted earlier on a different topict, but this is my final topic that I am intrested in. I know he was one the founders of Providence Hospital. If you can assist me finding info on Dr. Michael Schuster. Thanks, Armando Garcia plur915@hotmail.com

Hi Armando -- the best place to start is with Password articles:  

  • Schuster, Dr. Michael Phillip: iii, 152; viii, 123
  • Schuster, Dr. Michael: 42, 108
  • Schuster, Eugenia M. (Mrs. Michael Phillip): viii, 119, 123, 124, 125; ix, 126; x, 127; xii, 101; xiii, 111; xiv, 99 

    If you also search the EP historical society archives, you'll see several photos of him, and also that he was a physician during the mexican revolution.  http://www.elpasohistory.com/search2.html

    Call the Border Heritage Center (public library downtown)  543-5440  and ask if there's a vertical file on him.  While you're there, check the newspaper card catalog index. 

    In helping someone with this last semester, I believe there is an oral history interview on a daughter/son of his...but the oral history institute's database appears to be still unavailable.  They have a large amount of interviews on Border Health, and if you call the Special Collections Dept at UTEP Library, 747-5697, they can perhaps tell you if there is one that refers to Dr. Michael Schuster.  

    In this biography of General Huerta -- Huerta, a political portrait.  (whom Dr. Schuster operated on) there is mention of the dr.  on page 228.  it is in the main library reference southwest collection at 972.0810924 HUE  or at UTEP in special collections. 

    You'll also want to research Providence Hospital, to provide some background and additional information on the doctgor.  Photo of first Providence Hospital  can be seen on this page 

  • 24th-Jan-2008 04:05 pm - Andy and Sid Cohen
    Rachel, webweaver

     woo hoo!  I got my first blog question from a student  -- it's on the Cohen brothers from El Paso: 

    I am having trouble finding info on the Cohen Brothers. I know that they were inducted into the El Paso Hall of Fame in 1988 along with Beto Mendez and Jim Paul. I know that the Cohen Stadium was named after them. Please send me sources of information. Thanks, Armando Garcia plur915@hotmail.com

    Armando, I've had great luck checking out google books for these brothers, especially Andy.  http://books.google.com  lets you search fulltext of all kinds of books, sometimes letting you see the full text, sometimes only previews, but always giving you a link to see what library has a book.  I've found many many books and I have them listed on the cohen brothers potential topics page:

    Here's one example: Two page full text online article on Andy Cohen: Great Jews in Sports - Page 57  See the Cohen page for many more.

    I would definitely suggest also calling the Border Heritage Center at the downtown public library.   (915-543-5440). I would hope there is an envelope in the vertical file at the Border Heritage Center.  This is a collection of photocopied articles on a person or topic.  You can also see if there is an envelope on Baseball in El Paso in the files.

    In addition, check the newspaper card catalog, under Baseball and also under Cohen, to see other articles available.  You would then have to search for the article in the microfilms, ask at the reference desk around the corner from the readers for help.  it's more time consuming to search the newspaper index, but I have seen them answer a query about the vertical file on the phone if they are not busy... 

     Dear Marina Payne or other Pinos Altos researchers:

    1. I looked in the Password Index under  the words "Ghost Towns" and found a book review of the book by Betty Woods,
    Ghost Towns And How to Get to Them.

    2. I looked up this book by title in the online card catalog and did not find it but did find this book listed below at F 796. S47 1975:
    Ghost towns and mining camps of New Mexico   I am saving this book under your name at the Reference Desk.

    In research you go from one piece of info to another.

    notice that the subject listed for Ghost towns and mining camps of New Mexico is "Extinct Cities of New Mexico" Click on this link and you will see other books.  Look in their indexes to see if they cover Pinos Altos. These books are located in other EPCC campus libraries and you can order them at the Circulation Desk. 

    You can search the UTEP Library using the EPCC Library.

    Note the tab "Find at UTEP Library" at the top of the screen.  Click and you will automatically do the search on the subject "Extinct Cities of New Mexico" and gues what, we found the book we were looking for:

    Ghost towns and how to get to them by Betty Woods; maps by M. T. Williams. Scene: New Mexico.   This particular book cannot be checked out, since it is in Special Collections, but the section can be photocopied.  Spec. Coll. Southwest F 801.W66 1964 

    Get a TexShare Card to check out books from the UTEP Library

    Get a TexShare Card at our Circulation Desk and go to UTEP to check out other  other books that the UTEP Library has on "Extinct Cities of New Mexico"

    At Borderlands Research Guide you can search other libraries

    Now I am going to check the Public Library as another option. Go to the Borderlands Research Guide Other Libraries link. Click on the Public Library . Change the drop box to "General Keyword" and search the keywords "New Mexico ghost Towns" and you will see 14 books listed.   

    Hurrah we have found at least 18 books that may have info on Pinos Altos.
    23rd-Jan-2008 10:06 am - ASK US YOUR QUESTION
    Rachel, webweaver
     If you have a question on Border history/culture research, please click on "reply"  or "post a new comment" below to reply to this message.  We'll get back to you promptly!  Please be sure to include your name and email address too!

    If you are a livejournal user, you may log in at the top of the BorderlandsBlog and then click on "post to community".

    Rachel and Helen
    Rachel (murphree@elp,.rr.com)
    Helen (helencarmenbell@gmail.com)
    23rd-Jan-2008 09:21 am - Cleofas Calleros tip
    Mexican American Historian

    There is an interview with Cleofas Calleros by Cesar Caballero in the UTEP Oral History Collection

    No. 153.1 ACEVEDO, Mario (1900 - )
    Interviewed by Ce sar Caballero
    Type of Resource: Tape and transcript, in Spanish
    Date: April 9, 1973
    Terms of use: Unrestricted
    Length of Interview:20 minutes
    Length of transcript:8 pages

    (Retired Lt. Colonel in the Texas National Guard; community leader) Recollections of Cleofas Calleros and his defense of the Mexican American. There are also collections of his papers at UTEP and at the Border Heritage Center (EP Public Library downtown) see our Calleros guide in Potential Topics for more info. http://www.epcc.edu/nwlibrary/borderlands/Topics/cleofas_calleros_sources.htm

    I think that this is a good place to start on researching Mr. Calleros. Also, I think that we could get Cesar Caballero email and he may have more information. Mr. Caballero is a librarian who was very active in establishing a Chicano Studies Department at UTEP and was very active in Mecha, the Mexican American Student activist organization in the 1970s and 1980s. 
    Rachel, webweaver
    After years of answering questions from various visitors to Borderlands, we've set up a blog so that the questions and comments can be visible for all to see (and to answer if you'd like).  So, what would you like to know?  Any information on the border region that you'd like to share?  Write us!  The community is open, the postings are moderated, so there might be a bit of time before you see your comment.  

    I'd like to encourage students of the Borderlands 1302 class to write in, ask us your questions, let us know if you're having a problem finding information.  Ms. Vise is requiring that you consult either me or Helen in the process of doing your research.  We'll be staffing the reference desk from 9-1 Monday through Friday, and are also available via email. 

    So, let's introduce ourselves.   I'm Rachel Murphree and I maintain Borderlands  and this blog as well.  Helen Bell (http://helenbell.livejournal.com/profile) will also be posting and answering questions.  Our emails are mailto:murphree@elp.rr.com  and helencarmenbell@gmail.com 

    As a starter for research, there are two important tools.  First, the Be a Borderlands Detective page which walks you through the steps of initial research in regional history.  Also, there is the Potential Topics page where I'm placing information I find on various topics that Ms. Vise has suggested, or other topics that interest me.  Consulting this page for your topic may save you significant time in your research! 

    Here's to your research, Rachel

    Rachel, webweaver
     Here's some of the questions and dialogue that have been going on behind the scenes, before Borderlands the Blog (BTB) was set up. Mike wrote us in the past week, saying that he'd linked to our Union Depot page from his reminiscences page, so I linked back. You can see our article on the wonderful historic Union Depot in the heart of down town El Paso, and at the bottom, see Mike's link.  

    Also, got a question regarding finding newspaper articles on the drowning of two boy scouts at Elephant Butte in 1943.  That took some digging, and in fact, led to some interesting information. Here's what Sherry discovered:  There's a monument at Elephant Butte with the date of March 17, 1943, but really it occurred on Mar 27, 1943.  She located an interview with a victim's brother who was in the military and was given emergency leave to come home.  He and several family members organized their own search.  Using gaffling hooks in about 50 ft of water, they hooked the dead brother.  It was the only body located and brought to the surface.  According to the affadavit, the body had been in the water for six days.  The museum at Truth or Consequences has a boy scout uniform from one of the victims and the cub scout book.  The boys were not to go in or on the water, but they found a boat partially swamped and bailed it out and decided to row to Rattlesnake Island.  In 1943 the lake was high and water was going over the spillway.  The big issue was that the scoutmaster left the boys alone.  There are El Paso Herald Post and El Paso Times articles on this event, and the deposition of the boy who did not drown.  One of the brothers of the victims, 74 years old, still has sympathy cards and other important documents.  There might be even more information in the Truth or Consequences (then the Hot Springs) newspaper from that time.   
    Rachel, webweaver
       I've added this source for the history of the El Paso Police Department (http://www.elpasotexas.gov/police/history1.asp) to pages that involve crime, the "wild west", the Salt War, etc.  This website states:: "This page is intended to provide an overview of history of the El Paso Police Department and how its history relates to and intertwines with more popular "old-west" history.  It also outlines how the Department has progressed and grown over the years."  They also have a collection of historic photographs here: http://www.elpasotexas.gov/police/history_groups.asp  which I've added to our research guide collection of photo sites.  


    Here's to your research, Rachel
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