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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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Helena Cartwright CARLSON(b. 1899)

Residence:Big Meadow, TroyOccupation(s): Teacher, homemaker
Family Origin:Came with family from South Dakota (1912)


Interview #1, 7/6/1975

Topics:Rural school: games, get-togethers, teaching. Chores and play; animal pets. Cultural barriers with Swedish community. 7-6-75 2 hr p KP
Duration:2:03:47Interviewer:Karen Purtee
Keywords:Native Americans automobiles canning and preserving childhood chores churches dances education families farming farms festivals floods food games guns holidays hunting immigrants languages literary lumberjacks music newspapers normal schools pets railroads roads rural schools schools students teachers water winter
Locations:Troy Big Meadow Colville Lewiston Moscow Elk River

Interview #2, 7/20/1975

Topics:Community activities: picnics, parties, school programs. Opposition to school consolidation. Older girls' work. 7-20-75 1 hr KP
Duration:1:02:55Interviewer:Karen Purtee
Keywords:accidents childbirth children chores churches clothing cooking dances dating death families family life education farming fishing food literary music newspaper pregnancy servants threshing wagons winter women working conditions world wars
Locations:Big Meadow Troy Spokane Genesee Burnt Ridge