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Latah County Oral History Collection

Remembering Latah County and Idaho Life at the turn of the 20th century

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Ione ADAIR(b. 1883)

Residence:Moscow, Bovill, Fortynine MeadowsOccupation(s):County assessor, teacher, postal clerk, timber homesteader
Family Origin:Parents came from Oregon and Indiana (1893); family lived in the McConnell mansion (1900-36)

Interviews

Interview #1, 6/8/1976

Topics:With Bernadine Cornelison (sister). Family's Bovill homesteading. Cooking for firefighters (1910). Governor McConnell's family. Purchase of mansion. Family's pet bear. Backwoods humor. 6-8-76 2 hr 33p
Duration:1:58:53Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:bears families farms fires forest fires holidays homesteads horses livestock winter women
Locations:Moscow Bovill Fortynine Meadows

Interview #2, 9/3/1976

Topics:With Bernadine Cornelison. Timber homesteading at Fortynine Meadows; loss of claim. Relationship with parents. Victorian manners and dress. Methodist church and revivals. Prohibition. Family cars. 9-3-76 2 hr 51p
Duration:2:02:58Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Psychiana automobiles churches clothing families fishing holidays homesteads hunting illness mansions music religion timber winter women
Locations:Moscow Bovill Fortynine Meadows

Interview #3, 11/16/1976

Topics:With Bernadine Cornelison. Family life in the McConnell mansion. Father's medical practice; friendship with Nez Perce. Mother's poor health and optimism. Family move to Moscow. Reading club. Bovill fishing. 11-16-76 2.4 hr 62p
Duration:2:27:45Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Native Americans bankruptcy churches colleges and universities fishing holidays illness mansions music professors religion winter women
Locations:Moscow Bovill Fortynine Meadows Elk River

Interview #4, 1/27/1977

Topics:With Bernadine Cornelison. Mansion grounds and parties. McConnell family background. College experiences. Singing career. l_27-77 2 hr 56p
Duration:2:04:41Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African Americans Native Americans bankruptcy churches colleges and universities mansions music parties schools sororities teaching women
Locations:Moscow Bovill Fortynine Meadows Lewiston University of Idaho

Interview #5, 2/24/1977

Topics:With Bernadine Cornelison. Women homesteaders in the timber. Experiences of 1910 fire. Friendship with father. Dr. Watkins family. Carrie Bush and Mary Borah. 2-24-77 2.5 hr 59p
Duration:2:30:36Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:children divorces drinking fires forest fires homesteads illness illness murders politics railroads suicide teaching women
Locations:Moscow Bovill Fortynine Meadows Wallace