Bryce Kimber: Oral History Interview

Dublin Core


Bryce Kimber: Oral History Interview


Oral history interview with Elko Basque resident Bryce Kimber, conducted on 15 October 2015 by Dr. Gretchen Skivington.


Bryce Kimber of Montello, NV ("Mr. Montello") is the son of Grouse Creek, UT homesteaders, W. C. "Bill" and Bertha Kimber. Born on the Kimber Ranch in 1929 he moved with his family to Montello, NV to attend school in 1939. He has lived in Montello all his life 1929 to present and was a most integral part of its history since he returned from service in Korea in 1948.

Topics he discusses include: the Montello Bar, & Montello Store (both which he owned), Pacific West States & Spring Creek subdivision projects (for which he contracted the road construction); the Gamble & Winecup Ranches (hay, fencing & livestock contractor); the SP Railroad and Montello history, UC Construction, the Montello Citizens' Committee and "buying" the town from SP; the Montello School (which burned down, rebuilt), people from Montello and the W.C. Kimber Diaries (1907-1972).

Click here for direct access to video (if embed above is not functioning).

Interview conducted on 15 October 2015 by Dr. Gretchen Skivington.


Gretchen Skivington


Original Oral History Interview


Virtual Humanities Center at Great Basin College


15 October 2015


Scott A. Gavorsky [VHC]


Memorial Bizia Oral History Consent Form on File: [administrator access only]


English; little Basque


Key words: Grouse Creek, Charles & William Kimber, Kimber Ranch, Grouse Creek LDS Church, sheep & hog raising, Kay/Merrill/Bryce Kimber, Montello Bar, Gamble & Winecup Ranches, Pacific West States Subdivision: road contracting, hay & fencing contracts, Slim Olsen's & Standard Oil bulk plants, Spring Creek road contracts, Montello Store, Southern Pacific Railroad leases, town of Montello, Montello Citizens' Committee, water rights, Montello School, W.C. "Bill" Kimber Diaries

Names of People mentioned in/fom Montello: William & Bertha Kimber, Barbara/Kay/Jack/Bryce/Merrill Kimber: Pete Ludwig, Norma Johnson, John Grandeen, Lucy Daz, Wallace Bettridge, Bill Hargrove, Pearsons, Allan Wilson, Bill Brooks, MW Johnson, Milo Craig, Ray Browning, Tolefson, Delaplian, Lee, John Ala, Mcfarlane & Holling, Gil Hernandez, Jim Thomas, Bill Addington, Jimmy Steward, Russell Wilkins, Joyce Palmer, Mary Jo Johns

Oral History Item Type Metadata


Dr. Gretchen Skivington


Bryce Kimber


Elko, NV, USA


Transcription pending

Original Format



1:55:11 [sound problems at 40:00 - 55:00]



Gretchen Skivington, “Bryce Kimber: Oral History Interview,” Virtual Humanities Center at Great Basin College, accessed June 23, 2018,