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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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Kenneth STEFFEN(b. 1902)

Residence:MoscowOccupation(s): Ran delivery service, laborer
Family Origin:Father first came in the 1880's; parents moved from Kansas in 1900


Interview #1, 1/23/1975

Topics:Family view of Will Steffen's killing (1901). Life as an apple harvester and dishwasher in eastern Washington. Family farm. Moscow moonshineand other amusements. In the Marines in China. 1-23-75 2 hr
Duration:2:02:19Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:German Americans alcohol armed forces automobiles bootlegging butchering childbirth churches colleges and universities customs dances families fires food illness immigrants moonshine murders pregnancy religion schools snow thieves unions veterans work world wars
Locations:Moscow Viola Washington

Interview #2, 1/13/1976

Topics:Varied work experiences. Moscow livery stables, freighting and pool halls. Parents. 1-13-76 1.3 hr
Duration:1:01:43Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Chinese-Americans IWW automobiles businesses cemeteries childhood clothing doctors families farming harvesting jails liveries orchards politics railroads schools stores timber veterans work world wars
Locations:Moscow Oregon Washington