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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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Catherine MAHON(b. 1906)

Residence:Juliaetta, Lewiston-ClarkstonOccupation(s): Operator of greenhouse and beauty salon, teacher
Family Origin:Father, a New York Irishman, was manager of Juliaetta cannery; mother came from Oregon (1884)


Interview #1, 8/27/1976

Topics:Limited opportunities for women. Local Jewish families. Books and culture. Southerners in the West. 8-27-76 .8 hr 18p
Duration:0:47:42Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Jewish Americans books churches colleges and universities dating discrimination food friendship hotels housekeeping illness immigrants mail carriers sewing teachers telephones women
Locations:Juliaetta Lewiston Genesee

Interview #2, 8/27/1976

Topics:Grandparents' experiences and attitudes; old standards of morality, Lives of prostitutes in Lewiston. J.P. Vollmer and early Lewiston wealth. Dr. Foster and Juliaetta. Mother's sickness as a girl. Cannery and war shortages. Family politics. 9-27-76 3.5 hr 84p
Duration:3:38:35Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:CCC Prohibition University of Idaho WCTU bootlegging brothels businesses canneries children death divorce doctors drinking families finances food hospitals illness medicine moving orchards politics pregnancy presidents prostitutes saloons teachers telephones women women's rights world wards
Locations:Juliaetta Lewiston-Clarkston

Interview #3, 10/21/1976

Topics:Progressive upbringing in a close family. Openness and equality in the West. Development of Clarkston townsite by proper Bostonians; Clarkston society. Ku Klux Klan; race prejudice. German Catholics. Mother's work as Tribune correspondent. 10-21-76 3.1 hr p
Duration:3:06:46Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:women newspapers work politics education telephones women's rights families holidays customs mining marriage children presidents orchards canneries water poor homemakers clothing churches Ku Klux Klan clubs games religion world wars immigrants discrimination African Americans Japanese Americans dating music
Locations:Juliaetta Lewiston Clarkston