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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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Oscar & Anna Thomason(b. 1899)

Residence:Dry Ridge, TroyOccupation(s):Farm wife
Family Origin:Came from Torsby, Sweden in 1928


Interview #1, 2/3/1976

Topics:Adaptation to America. Life in Sweden: family's religion, social classes Lore of America in Sweden. Family connections to Troy. Her journey to Troy. Banker Ole Bohman. 2-3-76 2.9 hr
Duration:2:58:55Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:immigrants families women illness schools citizenship childbirth religion churches logging unions poor banks railroads Swedish Americans
Locations:Dry Ridge Troy Little Bear Ridge Sweden

Interview #2, 3/19/1976

Topics:Family divisions about emigration. Oppression of poor in Sweden. Food shortage following World War I. Logging in Norway and Idaho. Work of Swedish women. Owning a farm. 3-19-76 2.5 hr p
Duration:2:28:40Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Swedish Americans death drinking families farming food languages logging lumberjacks neighbors politics suicide women working conditions world wars yarn
Locations:Dry Ridge Troy Sweden