The Thayer-Voss Family History

As told by Robert W. (Bob) Voss and Mina Cooper Voss

Now available in the Ridgway Public Library

Bob is the grandson of one of the most distinguished families of settlers on Log Hill Mesa in the early years of the 20th century.  His grandparents were Gilbert Brown Thayer and his wife Agnes Dennison Thayer. The Thayer's had three children: Lester, Ruby and Harvey.  Bob's mother, Ruby Thayer, married William A. (Bill) Voss in 1916 and they had two sons, Milton (Mick) and Bob. Mina Cooper married Mick Voss in 1943.

The interviews were conducted by Barbara and Jack Rairden.  The approach taken was to meet at the Voss home record the interviews on audio tape, after which, the interviews were transcribed word-for-word insofar as possible.  The transcriptions were given to the Voss' for editing and, where appropriate, modified and corrected.  This process was continued until the Voss' were completely satisfied that the transcripts accurately reflected their remembrances.

In addition, non-recorded interviews in person and by phone were made with the Voss' and the Thayer's from 2004 until present.

The oral histories along with other supplemental historical records including photographs, newspaper articles and written recollections are included in this historical presentation.  Also included are CD copies of the interviews, typed transcripts of the interviews and video taped recordings of the Voss'.

Also available in the Ridgway Public Library is an oral history report by Mildred Thayer Moon, Gloria Thayer Morris, Roger Ray Thayer and William (Bill) Moon.  This is reported in a separate document titled: "The Oral History of the Thayer Family".

Bob and Mina Voss display the
old Needlerock Ranch sign, 2004



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