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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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Harry SAMPSON(b. 1893)

Residence:MoscowOccupation(s): Manager of men's clothing department at David's Department Store for nearly forty years
Family Origin:Family came from Wisconsin in 1902


Interview #1, 11/13/1974

Topics:Learning the clothing trade. Working for David's. Credit and competi tion. Moscow business climate. Bringing scouting to town. Ragtime band Growing up in Moscow. 11-13-74 1.9 hr 30p
Duration:1:57:17Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:University of Idaho banks blacksmiths businesses butchering cards childhood churches clothing clubs construction customers dances downtowns families fires floods food fraternities games holidays illness main streets music sports stores students uniforms winter women world wards

Interview #2, 1/25/1975

Topics:Building character through scouting. Origin of Moscow golfing and country club. Innovations in men's department. Frank David's psychology of selling. Competition among service clubs. Chatauquas and circuses. Mother's student boarders. 1-25-75 2 hr 36p
Duration:2:02:20Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Chautauqua IWW Prohibition University of Idaho WCTU boardinghouses books bootlegging children churches circuses clothing clubs colleges and universities customers dances hiking lore murders music picnicking politics roads sports stores students working conditions world wars

Interview #3, 8/16/1976

Topics:With Clarice Sampson (wife) Frank B. Robinson and Psychiana: his relations in Moscow. Mrs. Robinson. End of Psychiana. 8-16-76 1.3 hr 30p
Duration:1:14:07Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Psychiana businesses churches citizenship finances marriage newspapers religion stores women