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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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Willa Cummings CARLSON(b. 1896)

Residence:American Ridge, TroyOccupation(s): Teacher and farm wife; author of manuscript on Latah County history
Family Origin:Parents came from Missouri (early 1890's)


Interview #1, 4/23/1974

Topics:With Mavis Lee Utley (daughter) Disappearance of a buttermaker. A veiled lady. Boarding in Lewiston as a girl. Fortune telling experiences. Prescience. 4-23-74 2.2 hr 33p
Duration:2:12:35Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:authors churches education fortune-telling homesteads lore murders pioneers suicide tarot teachers women
Locations:American Ridge Troy

Interview #2, 4/30/1974

Topics:With Mavis Lee Utley Marshall Hays and family. Fannie and Al Roberts. J.P.Vollmer, the millionaire. Schooling and reading as a youngster. 4-30-74 2 hr 38p
Duration:1:59:48Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:automobiles brothels marriage politics railroads rape rural schools schools women
Locations:American Ridge Troy

Interview #3, 1974-05-07

Topics:With Mavis Lee Utley and Helen Johnson (friend) Disappearance of Mae Downing. Last account of Winnie Booth. Moving a grave. Death of children from tuberculosis. 5-7-74 1.7 hr 16p
Duration:1:44:05Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:brothels children death granaries illness lore medicine suicide women
Locations:American Ridge Troy

Interview #4, 5/14/1974

Topics:Social and political views of American Ridgers; racial prejudice and regional divisions. Family adversity: typhoid, house fire, trouble with hired hand. Suspected vigilante hanging. Electioneering. Kendrick fire of 1904. 5-14-74 2.5 hr 48p
Duration:2:18:13Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African Americans IWW discrimination farmers fires lynching politics racial discrimination religion vigilantes women
Locations:American Ridge Troy

Interview #5, 5/20/1974

Topics:Teacher's responsibilities to the community. Mother-in-law's nursing. Views of cultural groups. American Ridge lore. 5-20-74 1.5 hr 25p
Duration:1:30:27Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Native Americans Swedish Americans death holidays midwives nurses racial discrimination telephones women
Locations:American Ridge Troy Burnt Ridge

Interview #6, 1/15/1976

Topics:A country girl at Lewiston Normal: working for keep, sophistication of city elite. Difficult ranching experience. Family prune dryer and cider press. 1-15-76 1.7 hr 43p
Duration:1:45:35Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:children churches education food friendship normal schools rural schools schools students teachers women
Locations:American Ridge Troy Lewiston