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Frenchie Gaillard
Gretchen Holbert
Elko, NV
7/16/86

No Photo Available   Frenchie Gaillard

Frenchie Gaillard was one of the most well-known characters in Elko, Nevada. From 1931 to 1961 he sold nearly 30 million pounds of wool to mainly East coast buyers. Along the way, he watched as Elko went from one of the largest cities in Nevada to a much smaller version of itself.

In this interview, Frenchie describes his trip to the U.S. in 1921 and his experiences living in the Basque hotels in Winnemucca and Elko. He also elaborates on what people made up the community, as well as what his unique job in the wool and lamb buying business was like.

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Hear Interview (Audio Files in English)
The Business of Buying Wool (7:46)
Working With Selso (9:49)
Shaw's Hospital (4:43)
Recreation in Elko (10:43)
The Winnemucca Hotel (7:46)
More Wool Business (5:30)
The Other Hotels in North Nevada (5:15)
Changes in the Sheep Business (7:28)
About Pete Ixaina (8:42)
About the Commercial Hotel (10:09)
The Sheepherders (8:28)
 

Keywords in Order of Appearance

Places

People

Topics

Years

Boston
East Coast
Elko
California
Midwest
Winnemucca
Ely
Gardnerville
Reno
Carson City
Selso
Dr. Shaw
Spanish Mary
Mary Larsen
Mary Labarry
Pete Ixaina
Mathilde
Wool Buying
Hotels
Taylor Grazing Act
Elko
Winnemucca Hotel

 

1921

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