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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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Date: January 24, 1974 Interviewer: Rob Moore

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:00 - Conversation about paeenger trains and engineers; trains verses airplanes

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Segment Synopsis: Passenger trains and engineers. Six passenger trains a day. Whistle-stop in Bear Canyon at Bovard. Trains vs. Airplanes. Lewiston airport. Merits of different routes from Moscow to Lewiston. Greedy Lewiston businessmen.

:00 - Competition over the location of the Univeristy of Idaho between north adn south parts of the state

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Segment Synopsis: North and South Idaho competition for University. State of Lincoln. Drunken surveyors bear way west of where they should have been when they surveyed north Idaho.

:00 - 1893 Depression; mules verses horses

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Segment Synopsis: Depression; poorer than Job's turkey. 1893 Wet havest. Mules vs. horses. Mules could walk a horse to death. They sere even-gaited and light-footed.

:00 - Death of the small farm; prices; advent of income tax

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Segment Synopsis: Death of the small farm. Early clothing prices, mail-order shoes. Advent of income tax.

:00 - Early co-ops and their problems

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Segment Synopsis: Early co-ops. Most went belly-up. Problem of embezzlement in small co-ops.

:00 - Early homesteaders; locals

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Segment Synopsis: Hermits and oddballs. Most homesteaders were bachelors. Neighbors. Homesteaders came looking for the rainbow. Field corn bloats up a too-eager eater.

:00 - Literaries; gatherings in school and church

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Segment Synopsis: Literary, good times. Methodists steal the community church. Gatherings in church and school.

:00 - Politics; Fourth of July events; baseball games and fights afterward

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Segment Synopsis: Sam Callison and J.I. Mitchum, fighting about politics. Fourth fo July Tug-o-Wars: Potlatch vs. the world. Balloon ascensions in Juliaetta. Fights after baseball games. J.I. Mitchum insults Sam at a Republican rally, and Sam teaches him a lesson.

:00 - Political campaigning; corruption

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Segment Synopsis: Political campaigning, picnics and get-togethers. Burton L. French speaks in the schoolhouse. FDR made county Democrat. Corruption in politics, Nixon vs. Teapot Dome.

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