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Remembering Latah County and Idaho Life at the turn of the 20th century


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Grace Jain WICKS(b. 1906)

Residence:Genesee, Coyote GradeOccupation(s): County commissioner and civic leader; homemaker
Family Origin:Father's family came from Wisconsin (1878), mother's from Michigan (1892)


Interview #1, 6/12/1974

Topics:Pioneering ways and hardships at Genesee. Father's family pioneering. Family background. 6-12-74 1.5 hr RM
Duration:1:32:28Interviewer:Rob Moore
Keywords:families food holidays homemakers homesteads illness immigrants pioneers
Locations:Genesee Coyote Grade

Interview #2, 10/3/1974

Topics:Growing up on the family farm: reading, music and pen-pal club. Farm animals and orchard. Mother's frailty as a pioneer. Nez Perce families. Jane Silcott; Brocky Jack. 10-3-74 1.5 hr 30p
Duration:1:31:36Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Native Americans animals electricity families farming food horses pioneers rattlesnakes telephones trapping women
Locations:Genesee Coyote Grade

Interview #3, 10/4/1974

Topics:Heart-in-hand and Indian-white marriages. Pride in housekeeping. Washdays. Family hardship in World War I. Genesee culture, stock show, stores. 10-4-74 1.5 hr 30p
Duration:1:30:40Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African Americans Native Americans childhood chores families food holidays homemakers literary marriage parties pioneers stores women world wars
Locations:Genesee Coyote Grade Lewiston

Interview #4, 10/8/1974

Topics:Close ties among Genesee families. Stories of people buried near Jain family plot. Family Republicanism. Honoring war veterans. Town bells. Farm water supplies. Old Kentuck. 10-8-74 1.5 hr 18p
Duration:1:07:00Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:authors churches death doctors families farming fires hotels illness local histories lore pioneers politics
Locations:Genesee Coyote Grade

Interview #5, 12/11/1974

Topics:Great aunt's independence and homesteading. Grandparents' pioneering. Parents' struggle to establish farm. Family politics. 12-11-74 2 hr 21p
Duration:2:03:42Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Native Americans businesses clothing dances families farming homesteads legislators lore pioneers politics schools wedding women
Locations:Genesee Coyote Grade Hog Meadows