Segment Synopsis: Running away to the neighbor's as a child. His uncle went
into dentistry to get out of farming; he found it to be
isolated. Father hiked in from Lewiston; there was no
fence on his route. Father came home with news of
Segment Synopsis: Early activity in Genesee. Many more people lived in the
surrounding area. Beginning of Follett store in 1896. A
historical shoe invoice. Four general stores in Genesee.
Six or seven worked in Follett's store. Saturday night
business. Barber shop baths for hired men.
Segment Synopsis: He attended Northwestern Business College in Spokane
and worked in banks in Spokane and Genesee. Serving
in the army in New York City. They were treated very
well; he enlisted with friends from Spokane. Solid
support for First World War.
Segment Synopsis: Decline of store began in twenties, intensified in depression;
it recovered somewhat when there was less competition.
What people bought at the store. Dripping of bulk molasses;
careful handling of kerosene. Trading eggs. Mixed
quality of butter - they threw some out after they bought it.
Segment Synopsis: Carrying farmers from year to year. Credit was the
small town merchant's biggest headache. Money on
books from the depression. Discounts from quick
payment to merchandisers off set bank borrowing. Most
people were trustworthy; it was hard to collect if they
couldn't pay. Changing population in town. Some bought
with the intention of never paying. In the depression
people paid up better than they had before, while they
Segment Synopsis: The older Rosensteins didn't mingle with other towns
people very much. Cooperation with other grocers; there
was more rivalry in the earlier days. Some customers
cited lower prices elsewhere.
Segment Synopsis: Putting up orders. Threshing outfits came from Troy. High
school kids "hung out" at Smolts. In the early days the
women would stay around the store. Indian trade: they
bought one item at a time.
Segment Synopsis: Social life - revival meetings were rather radical; dances
in town and country. Visiting was similar in town and
country. Different groups and churches didn't associate
until recently. Community activities - horse show, ball
games. Few farming families appeared to be "country people."
Segment Synopsis: Revivals had little effect on most people's habits. A
baseball playing minister got people to be broader minded.
Most moonshine was brought in; there was more drinking
during prohibition because it was illegal. Political speakers
drew crowds because there wasn't much else to do.