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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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Clara Payne GROVE(b. 1879)

Residence:Moscow, TroyOccupation(s): Editor, cook, nurse's aid, columnist; leader of Women's Christian Temperance Union
Family Origin:Born in Iowa, she lived in the Dakotas and Montana before coming in 1925


Interview #1, 2/20/1974

Topics:Editing Troy Weekly News. Local life in the twenties. 2-20-74 1 hr Emily Moore
Duration:1:03:10Interviewer:Emily Moore
Keywords:Prohibition University of Idaho WCTU automobiles boardinghouses businesses crops death doctors downtowns farming immigrants local histories log cabins newspapers police officers students suicide water women
Locations:Moscow Troy

Interview #2, 11/7/1975

Topics:WCTU work: jail visiting, charity, temperance conversions. Editing newspaper despite opposition to businesswomen. Boarding students. Feeding the hungry. A woman's struggle through college. Women's suffrage; early politics. 11-7-75 1.9 hr 38p
Duration:1:59:58Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Native Americans WCTU boardinghouses businesses colleges and universities food gardens immigrants lore moving newspapers pioneers politics poor students winter women
Locations:Moscow Troy

Interview #3, 11/21/1975

Topics:WCTU crusade: protests in saloons, taking the pledge, Frances Willard. Family ties and self-reliance. Salvation Army selflessness. Caring for sick. Misuse of volunteer work in World War I. Childhood experiences. 11-21-75 1.9 hr 37p
Duration:1:54:12Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Christians Prohibition WCTU alcohol divorce drinking families illness legislation lore politics poor presidents sewing voting women world wars
Locations:Moscow Troy

Interview #4, 12/16/1975

Topics:Life roles and responsibilities of rural women. Views on child rearing and divorce. Preachers, revivals, and the Sabbath. Teaching and homesteading in Dakotah and Montana. Attending university in her eighties. 12-16-75 2.6 hr 48p
Duration:2:43:02Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:women farming homemakers isolation children divorce poor marriage livestock drinking rural schools schools homesteads religion missionaries teachers rural communities pioneers bears winter WCTU speeches University of Idaho education
Locations:Moscow Troy

Interview #5, 5/11/1976

Topics:The management of marriage. Opposition to divorce. Fundamental values. Working as a woman. Overabundance of wealth in America. 5-11-76 2 hr 38p
Duration:1:53:54Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:local histories politics Christians marriage families pregnancy University of Idaho schools students suicide churches divorce women morality homemakers businesses newspapers drinking
Locations:Moscow Troy