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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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Frank BROCKE(b. 1906)

Residence:Troy, American Ridge, KendrickOccupation(s): President of First Bank of Troy, where he worked for forty-seven years; chairman of school board
Family Origin:Parents' families came from Germany; father was born at Genesee, mother in Kansas


Interview #1, 3/18/1975

Topics:Learning banking at Kendrick; offer to work at Troy. Advantages of one-room schoolhouse. Father's death. World War I and anti-German sentiment. 3-18-75 1.5 hr 39p
Duration:1:33:48Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Great Depression banks education families illness world wars
Locations:Troy American Ridge Kendrick Moscow

Interview #2, 4/26/1975

Topics:Troy bank and community support in the Great Depression. Victory during Bank holiday. Farm economics and bank policy. Banker Ole Bohman. School consolidation; work as school board clerk. 4-26-75 1.5 hr 38p
Duration:1:32:16Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:families education banks Great Depression world wars
Locations:Troy Kendrick

Interview #3, 1/7/1976

Topics:Roles of small town banker. Credit and confidentiality. Country youngsters. Moonshine and dances. Early banking experience. Family struggle. 1-7-76 1.3 hr 35p
Duration:1:17:08Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:banks drinking rural communities
Locations:Troy Kendrick

Interview #4, 2/11/1976

Topics:With Margie Brocke (wife). Confidence of Troy bank in local people. Bank resolution of Depression crisis. Relations between banker and examiner. Frank Green. Local entertainments. 2-11-76 2 hr 56p
Duration:0:58:59Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Great Depression Prohibition banks drinking moonshine
Locations:Troy American Ridge Kendrick Little Bear Ridge Helmer

Interview #5, 11/9/1976

Topics:With Margie Brocke. Robberies of the Troy bank. Local attitudes toward wealth and prospering. Country-town differences. Santa Claus. Student loans. Causes of 1970's depression. 11-9-76 2.5 hr 67p
Duration:2:33:19Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:German-American Norwegian-American Swedish-America banks holidays logging thieves women
Locations:Troy Kendrick