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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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Frank & Lottie Rowan(b. 1885)

Residence:TroyOccupation(s):Road foreman; brickyard worker; logger
Family Origin:Family came from Minnesota (c.1900)


Interview #1, 1/14/1975

Topics:Neighbors' squabbles and peculiar behavior. Two murders by spouses. Wildman of Burnt Ridge. Moonshiners* troubles. Woods work during 1910 fire. T.P.Jones. 1-14-75 1.7 hr 52p
Duration:1:44:57Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Ku Kux Klan butchering forest fires homesteads logging lore moonshine police officers railroads shivarees teachers telephones winter
Locations:Elk River Bovill Burnt Ridge Avon

Interview #2, 2/3/1975

Topics:Local characters. Lawlessness around Troy and Grangeville. Wild pets and animals. A visitation. 2-3-75 2.4 hr 57p
Duration:2:27:45Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African Americans IWW Native Americans arson banks bears churches cooking death families funerals gyppos languages logging camps lore lumberjacks lynching medicine murders railroads roads winter women
Locations:Troy Burnt Ridge Grangeville