digital initiatives logolibrary logo

Latah County Oral History Collection

Remembering Latah County and Idaho Life at the turn of the 20th century


Collections A-Z

Related Locations (click to visit map)

Lewis & Hazel Messersmith(b. 1888)

Residence:LapwaiOccupation(s):Blacksmith; Homemaker, worked in post office and store
Family Origin:Learned trade in Pennsylvania; came West in 1905; Parents were early settlers of Dayton, Washington area


Interview #1, 1/21/1975

Topics:Len Henry, the famous liar. Blacksmith work and inventions. Shop fire and depression survival. Attitudes towards Nez Perces. Aunt Kate MacBeth and Jenny Barton. Lapwai's decline. 1-21-75 1.7 hr p
Duration:1:41:05Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Native Americans automobiles blacksmiths clothing crafts customs dances discrimination families food friendship lore missionaries pioneers post offices religion stores