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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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Edward SWENSON(b. 1883)

Residence:Park, AlbertaOccupation(s): Farmer, carpenter
Family Origin:Family emigrated from Norway and homesteaded (1891)


Interview #1, 7/1/1974

Topics:First years of homesteading at Park: locating, building, surviving, Community construction of road to Troy. Appearance of valley. 7-1-74 1 hr 19p
Duration:1:01:29Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:childhood construction families food hunting immigrants languages log cabins lore pioneers roads rural schools schools surveying
Locations:Park Anderson Genesee Troy

Interview #2, 7/2/1974

Topics:Park back country: wild game, camping, Nez Perces. Building church; celebrating Christmas. Homestead work. Saloons. Lack of opportunity at Park. 7-2-74 2 hr 36p
Duration:2:03:41Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Native Americans Norwegian Americans canning and preserving cards children churches construction drinking families fishing harvesting holidays homesteads hunting languages logging camps mines police officers railroads saloons schools timber water winter
Locations:Park Avon Troy Elk River

Interview #3, 7/5/1974

Topics:Nilson, a foolish miner. Mail service to Park. 7-5-74 .5 hr 7p
Duration:0:25:15Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:accidents homesteads logging mail carriers miners

Interview #4, 8/10/1976

Topics:Relationship of children to parents. Community socializing and religion. Problems with church doctrines; spirit experiences. Farming struggle near Wainwright, Alberta (1918-1925). Decline of Park. 8-10-76 2.5 hr 50p
Duration:2:36:09Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:accidents armed forces banks boardinghouses carpentry children churches crops dances dating death drinking education families farming holidays illness livestock lore music religion schools women
Locations:Park Nora Creek Central Ridge Canada