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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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Herman SCHUPFER(b. 1892)

Residence:Juliaetta, KendrickOccupation(s): Operated local telephone company and theatre; district representative for Washington Water Power
Family Origin:Parents emigrated from Austria; father homesteaded adjacent to Juliaetta townsite (1879)


Interview #1, 7/19/1973

Topics:Beginnings of telephone service. Founding of Juliaetta. Produce and cannery. Work for electric company. Family pioneer experiences. Nez Perces. Jobs for boys. 7-19-73 1.5 hr 32p RM
Duration:1:33:06Interviewer:Rob Moore
Keywords:African Americans Native Americans automobiles businesses canneries childhood drinking electricity families farming fires fishing games homesteads hunting immigrants lumber orchards pioneers schools telephones winter
Locations:Juliaetta Bovill Potlatch Ridge

Interview #2, 7/26/1973

Topics:Tramway operation. Train wrecks and floods in canyon. Subsistence farming. Town socializing. Cannery work. 7-26-73 1.5 hr 33p RM
Duration:1:32:17Interviewer:Rob Moore
Keywords:IWW accidents automobiles businesses canneries chores dances death floods poor railroads threshing
Locations:Juliaetta Kendrick