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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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Jesse and Mabel SPENCER(b. 1885; 18892)

Residence:TroyOccupation(s): Farmer; Farm wife, harvest cook
Family Origin:Parents were homesteaders from Kentucky (1884); Family came from Iowa and homesteaded (1898)


Interview #1, 1/29/1975

Topics:With Mabel Spencer (wife) Art of horse handling. Homesteading in the Grand Coulee country (1907-19) Caring for her family as a girl. Home remedies. Self-sufficiency. Early events around Troy. 1-29-75 2.7 hr 58p
Duration:2:42:25Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African Americans IWW banks cooking death education families farming forest fires homesteads horses illness immigrants logging lore medicine moonshine murders schools shivarees slavery telephones timber water wool
Locations:Troy Moscow Mountain Moscow