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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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Gustav CARLSON(b. 1899)

Residence:Burnt Ridge, TroyOccupation(s): Teacher, census bureau officer
Family Origin:Parents were Swedish immigrants who settled in 1891; he left the area as an adult. Willa Carlson's brother-in-law


Interview #1, 7/12/1976

Topics:Family interrelationships on Burnt Ridge. Rural school and farm work. Changed attitudes of second generation. Father's socialism and religion. Non-fraternity education at the university. Troy killings. 7-12-76 4 hr
Duration:4:03:28Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:immigrants families University of Idaho construction rural schools teachers schools farming women quilting Native Americans childbirth midwives stores orchards homesteads neighbors churches death children chores food crops winter planting automobiles world wars mail carriers politics unions newspapers holidays socialism IWW colleges and universities women prostitutes students rural communities fraternities roads dances picnics reading languages friendship Swedish Americans immigrants drinking lore
Locations:Burnt Ridge Moscow Lewiston Troy Spokane

Interview #2, 7/15/1976

Topics:Tuberculosis among the young. Careers of second generation Burnt Ridgers. Influence of canyons on countryside. Nora Mission Church. Farming methods. 7-15-76 3 hr
Duration:2:05:45Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Great Depression automobiles children churches colleges and universities death education families farming homesteads horses illness logging moving neighbors orchards plowing politics presidents professors roads sawmills socialism teachers timber unions unskilled workers water women world wars
Locations:Bovill Burnt Ridge Troy American Ridge