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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: February 20, 1974 Interviewer: Emily Moore

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0:00 - Plowing alfalfa; alfalfa tea

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Segment Synopsis: A different kind of alfalfa. Plowing alfalfa with a two bottom plow. Alfalfa tea.

6:00 - Depression in Moscow; housing for students; students living in an abandoned cabin

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Segment Synopsis: The depression in Moscow. Five dollars paid light, water, phone and groceries. Housing for students in the depression. Army camp in Moscow became property of U of I. Three students who lived in an abandoned cabin.

14:00 - Foreign population in Moscow; Moscow businesses in 1920; women osteopaths; doctor who killed himself

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Segment Synopsis: Self contained Moscow with no other wish. Foreign population in town. Kindness to the foreigners in the fifties. Business practices of 1920 Moscow. Women osteopaths in Moscow, their difficulty getting established. A man doctor who killed himself. Older families ran Moscow.

22:00 - Water trough in Moscow; wooden sidewalks; police keeping peace during the Prohibition

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Segment Synopsis: Water trough on Sixth Street in Moscow, wooden sidewalks. Quiet, peaceable town, places where men frequented kept quiet and undercover. Police kept peace in Moscow during Prohibition. WCTU during Prohibition

30:00 - Settling Troy; her first income in Troy; working in the print shop

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Segment Synopsis: How Troy was settled, two brothers planted rutabagas, that settled Troy. Olsen brothers built one house on boundary of first two homesteads in Troy. Mrs. Grove's first income in Troy came from working women for housekeeping. She and her daughter slept in the spare room until a man brought a cook car for them to live in. Worked half days in the print shop. House broken up because some women were through teaching.

37:00 - Selling newspapers; fixing the printing press; blank spaces left for her to print on

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Segment Synopsis: Wilbur Johns offers to sell newspaper (print shop). Got rid of paper just before her daughter graduated high school. Press said to be one that Mark Twain brought. Carl Olsen had to fix the press because it wouldn't turn (1930). Hand crank. Ever week a man had to carry the chase in. Ready print pages with two blanks for Mrs. Grove to print on. She eventually ran out of room on the blanks, needed more paper. [the], herself and outside correspondent "haunted news".

45:00 - Parents keeping their daughter's body; treatment for sheep and horses

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Segment Synopsis: Parents keeping daughter's body a week before burial. Treatment for bloated sheep and one for horses.

50:00 - Newsmaking in Troy

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Segment Synopsis: Newsmaking in Troy. "The case of the illegitimate baby."

55:00 - Friendliness of Troy; men greeting her; special activities in Troy; car accident

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Segment Synopsis: Friendliness of Troy, men lifting their hat as greeting to her. Special activities in Troy. Car accident on way to gather wild flowers for eighth grade graduation.

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