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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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Alben HALEN(b. 1896)

Residence:Big Bear Ridge, DearyOccupation(s): Farmer, logger
Family Origin:Parents were Swedish homesteaders (c.1890)


Interview #1, 2/9/1976

Topics:Farming with horses. Hard times for farmers. Logging for Potlatch, Farmer opposition to IWW. 2-9-76 1.5 hr
Duration:0:47:23Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:IWW bankruptcy bankruptcy childhood families farming homesteads horses livestock logging logging camps lumberjacks strikes timber timber working conditions world wars
Locations:Deary Potlatch Big Bear Ridge

Interview #2, 2/20/1976

Topics:Working out as a boy. Fires and early growth of Deary. Joe Wells' logging operation. Piling lumber. Grave digging. 2-20-76 1.5 hr
Duration:1:03:05Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African Americans accidents blacksmiths cemeteries childhood doctors farmers forest fires gyppos horses logging lore lumberjacks orchards post offices saloons sawmills smoking stores threshing water winter women
Locations:Deary Big Bear Ridge Nora Creek Dry Creek Bovill