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Transcript of interview with Edith and Arthur Bock by Claytee White, September 15, 2009






Arthur and Edith Block share memories of their respective childhoods in northern Nevada (Arthur) and East Chicago, Indiana (Edith). Sixty-three years of marriage encompasses Edith's career in banking and Arthur's work in the dry cleaning business and as a highway patrolman. It was his career in law enforcement that drew them to Las Vegas in 1968. Recalling Las Vegas in the sixties and seventies, Edith and Arthur discuss their first home, the hotels and entertainers, integration, and Howard Hughes. They talk about train service, agriculture, Basque influence, and the Thunderbirds in northern Nevada, and what it was like to live in those small rural towns. In contrast, they mention the downtown renovation, heavy traffic, explosive growth, and entertainment options in Las Vegas. In addition to their careers and raising a family, Edith and Arthur talk about their involvement with their church, which provides outreach programs and a certified day school. Arthur mentions working as security for the Summa Corporation after he retired from law enforcement, and Edith provides details about her work in banking. They also comment on the future of Las Vegas/Clark County and express their love for the state of Nevada.

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Edith and Arthur Block oral history interview, 2009 September 15. OH-00115. [Transcript]. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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An Interview with Edith and Arthur Block An Oral History Conducted by Claytee D. White The Boyer Early Las Vegas Oral History Project Oral History Research Center at UNLV University Libraries University of Nevada Las Vegas ©The Boyer Early Las Vega