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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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Eugene SETTLE(b. 1894)

Residence:Aspendale, MoscowOccupation(s): Warehouse superintendent for Latah County Grain Growers ; farmer
Family Origin:His was one of the few black families to settle in the area; parents grew up in Mississippi, came in 1899


Interview #1, 6/3/1975

Topics:Family background. Life at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Pioneering at Bluestem, Washington (1898). Father's struggle to establish a farm, Work and play as a boy. Joe Wells family. End of small farming. 6-3-75 1.8 hr 40p
Duration:1:49:00Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:families homesteads farming schools African Americans games Native Americans colleges and universities education holidays homemakers
Locations:Aspendale Moscow

Interview #2, 7/7/1975

Topics:Experience in a segregated unit in Europe during World War I. Acceptance in high school. Brother's career in Virginia; father-inlaw's pioneering. Family hay baling operation. 7-7-75 2 hr 38p
Duration:2:02:37Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African Americans armed forces childhood colleges and universities education families farming fighting hay immigrants racial discrimination schools timber world wars
Locations:Aspendale Moscow Troy Bovill

Interview #3, 8/4/1975

Topics:Independence of family as farmers. Dealing with job discrimination. Supervising men as warehouse superintendent. Meeting wife's family. Flu epidemic. Father's hunting. 8-4-75 2.2 hr 36p
Duration:2:14:59Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:automobiles childhood education families farming fighting holidays hunting illness mills orchards racial discrimination railroads schools sports thieves world wars
Locations:Aspendale Moscow Lewiston

Interview #4, 12/19/1975

Topics:Parents' teachings. One-room country school. Store purchases. Country people in Moscow. 12-19-75 1.2 hr 28p
Duration:1:13:39Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:childhood schools education religion
Locations:Aspendale Moscow

Interview #5, 1/13/1976

Topics:Minimal effect of prejudice on family. Socializing in the neighborhood. Farming in hard times. Work as superintendent. Entertainment as a young man. More about Joe Wells family. 1-13-76 2.1 hr 42p
Duration:2:05:45Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:families childhood hunting winter world wars farming Great Depression work administration racial discrimination grain African Americans friendship neighbors armed forces
Locations:Aspendale Moscow

Interview #6, 1/13/1976

Topics:World War I. Jack Johnson. Aquaintances in Spokane. Not a musical family. 1-13-76 2hr 51p
Duration:2:05:55Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African Americans veterans armed forces world wars racial discrimination sports churches religion families friendships dances music neighbors parties holidays schools fishing automobiles farming elderly foundries
Locations:Aspendale Moscow Spokane Washington Lenville Oregon Tensed