For the complete text [PDF] of Frank Blaisdell: Santa Cruz in the Early 1900s (escholarship) Includes complete audio (streaming or download) for the oral history. Note: Due to editing by the narrator, there may be some differences between the audio recording and the transcript.
1967, xiii, 213 pp, 2 illus.
Mr. Blaisdell was a lifelong Santa Cruz resident who worked as a postal carrier from 1904 until 1949. His discussion of changes in the postal service during these years included delightful vignettes of the town of Santa Cruz. He also discussed the Cowell family and ranch, the California Powder Works, and described in detail everyday life in Santa Cruz at the turn of the 20th century.