Raymond Autrey is a descendent of the Hake/Autrey families, who were, in the 1860s, original settlers of the Superior, Colorado. It was on the Hake farm that coal was discovered in 1894. This interview is a wide-ranging one in which Ray Autrey incorporates stories told by his father and grandparents about the pioneer members of the family and their experiences in Superior and at the Industrial Mine, including the interactions between the settlers and the local Native Americans, memories of working in the Industrial Mine in various capacities, and other events representing the history of that place. Ray talks about his own happy childhood, the activities that he and his friends invented to entertain themselves, how his family worked together to make their lives better, and how coal was mined. He also details the relationships of the Hake and Autrey families.
Listen to CD; view transcript and supplementary material at Carnegie Branch Library.