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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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Arthur BJERKE(b. 1886)

Residence:Brush Creek, DearyOccupation(s): Farmer, carpenter, logger
Family Origin:Came from Norway with family, who homesteaded in 1891


Interview #1, 8/15/1973

Topics:Herding cattle in meadow rangelands. Experiences with Nez Perces. Family homesteading. Neighbors. Construction of WISM. Father's accident and death. 8-15-73 1.5 hr 19p
Duration:0:31:05Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African-Americans Native Americans accidents childhood death families farming food funerals homesteads hunting immigrants languages murders railroads schools

Interview #2, 8/20/1973

Topics:Winter surveying with Bill Helmer. Taming an outlaw horse. Impressions of cultural groups. Family farming and grazing methods. Homesteaders' poverty. Oxen logging, wild cattle, and sheep grazing. Deary townsite. 8-20-73 2.2 hr 27p
Duration:2:04:34Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Native Americans farming food gambling homesteads immigrants livestock logging lumberjacks moonshine murders railroads sheep surveying winter
Locations:Deary Kendrick

Interview #3, 10/10/1973

Topics:Hunting experiences of a sharpshooter. Game animals' habits and history. Early Elk River. Surveying methods. 10-10-73 1.3 hr 15p
Duration:1:33:29Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:churches families fires holidays homesteads hunting immigrants languages politics presidents religion surveying world wars
Locations:Deary Elk River

Interview #4, 5/30/1975

Topics:Joe Wells family. Two killings. Impact of Potlatch Lumber Company. Signs of weather, planting, and reproduction. Fruitless mining operations Spring floods. 5-30-75 2.2 hr 27p
Duration:2:14:06Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African Americans IWW Native Americans banks churches dances death education fighting fishing floods friendship homesteads immigrants knitting livestock logging lore music neighbors rape schools strikes suicide teachers timber winter women
Locations:Deary Bovill Big Bear Ridge