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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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Byers SANDERSON(b. 1896)

Residence:BovillOccupation(s): Head mechanic for Potlatch Lumber Company, miner
Family Origin:Father came from the South and was Potlatch assistant superintendent; mother came from New York (1880's)


Interview #1, 10/16/1975

Topics:With John Sanderson (brother) Bovill endangered in 1914 fire. Narrow escape of fire crew. Lumber jack entertainments. Big Red's murder. Early logging camps and fluming. Moonshining and Pat Malone. Weyerhaeuser success. 10-16-75 3 hr 61p
Duration:3:07:10Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:bootlegging brothels childhood clothing death drinking families fighting fire fighters fires flumes foremen forest fires gambling homesteads livestock log drives logging logging camps lumberjacks mines moonshine police officers prostitutes railroads saloons sawmills thieves timber women
Locations:Bovill Harvard Potlatch Slabtown

Interview #2, 11/13/1975

Topics:IWW, poor conditions and company tactics. Suffering of families in the depression. Bill Deary; Hugh Bovill. 11-13-75 1.4 hr 29p
Duration:1:46:22Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:CCC IWW death fires foremen homesteads illness living conditions logging logging camps lumberjacks mills rodeos sawmills stores women world wars
Locations:Bovill Elk River Lewiston

Interview #3, 1/23/1976

Topics:Hoodoo and swamp Creek mining. Company control of independent loggers. East European lumberjacks. Arson and murder in Bovill fire. Gambling and moonshine. Strong men. 1-23-76 2.5 hr 54p
Duration:2:35:32Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:CCC Chinese Americans accidents arson automobiles businesses death drinking fighting fires homesteads isolation logging miners mines mining moonshine murders thieves timber women working conditions

Interview #4, 8/25/1976

Topics:Experience as CCC camp superintendent. Mistreatment of men by foremen. Bovill at its prime. Failed mining claims. Company monopoly of cedar. 8-25-76 3 hr p
Duration:3:00:47Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:CCC Great Depression businesses clothing cooking death families food foremen harvesting holidays living conditions logging logging camps lore lumberjacks mining poor prostitutes religion roads saloons stores unions women working conditions